Robophilosophy Conference 2022 - Social Robots in Social Institutions

Social Robots in Social Institutions

Social institutions emerge from social practices that coordinate activities by explicit statements of rules, goals, and values.  How will institutional structures and practices be transformed if we insert artificial social actors into the physical and symbolic space institutions? This conference features international (multidisciplinary) research in Humanities and Social Sciences in and on social robotics, to explore expected conceptual and practical change by social robotics in public and private institutions, such as public services, legal systems, social and healthcare services, or educational institutions.

Robophilosophy 2022, the fifth event in the biennial Robophilosophy Conference Series ( will explore the societal significance of social robots for the future of social institutions with its usual broad scope, embracing both theoretical and practical angles. The event is an invitation to philosophers and other SSH researchers, as well as researchers in social robotics and HRI, to investigate from interdisciplinarily informed perspectives whether and how social robotics as an interdisciplinary endeavour can contribute to the ability of our insititutions to perform their functions in society.

Conference time line

  • Submission deadlines for abstracts:
    • February 15, 2022: Submission of workshop descriptions 
    • March 10, 2022: Submission of abstracts for research papers and for posters
  • Notifications:
    • March 15, 2022: Notification on acceptance for workshops 
    • April 15, 2022: Notification on acceptance for research papers and posters
  • Submission of full papers:
    • June 1:  Submission of fully formatted penultimate versions of research papers and workshop descriptions
  • Registration:
    • July 1: Deadline for speakers to register.
  • Conference:  August 16-19, 2022    
  • Proceedings:
    • October 1, 2022: Submission of final versions of research papers, workshop descriptions, and poster abstracts
    • December 15, 2022: Publication of RP2022 Proceedings

Conference details

August 16-19, 2022

Metsätalo building, University of Helsinki (Finland),  Faculty of Social Sciences, Practical Philosophy

Register here.

Conference fees:

Students: 90 Euros

PhD students and Postdocs: 120 Euros

Researchers presenting: 150 Euros

Academic participants: 180 Euros 

Participants from private sector: 210 Euros 

Note: for the registration category "late registration" other fees apply. Late registration is only available for non-speaking participants. The speakers will have to register by July 1.

Note about Covid-19

The conference will be held in Helsinki, August 16-19, 2022. The conference will be organized as an on-site conference, but some of the talks will be presented online.



20 Thematic Sessions featuring over 50 research papers.


Main organizers from the RADAR group, University of Helsinki

Co-organizers from the Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Aarhus University;

Program committee:

  • Dina Babushkina (University of Twente)
  • Aurélie Clodic (LAAS CNRS, Toulouse)
  • David Gunkel (Northern Illinois University)
  • Raul Hakli (University of Helsinki)
  • Tomi Kokkonen (University of Helsinki)
  • Kamil Mamak (University of Helsinki)
  • Arto Laitinen (Tampere University)
  • Pekka Mäkelä (University of Helsinki)
  • Marco Nørskov (Aarhus University)
  • Raffaele Rodogno (Aarhus University)
  • Johanna Seibt (Aarhus University)
  • Pii Telakivi (University of Helsinki)
  • Petri Ylikoski (University of Helsinki)

Local organization team: 

  • Dane Gogoshin
  • Raul Hakli
  • Tomi Kokkonen
  • Kamil Mamak
  • Pekka Mäkelä
  • Olli Niinivaara
  • Pii Telakivi
  • Tuomas Vesterinen

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