Philosophical and Transdisciplinary Enquiries into Social Robotics


Philosophical and Transdisciplinary Enquiries into Social Robotics


Social robotics is a transdisciplinary research area in the intersection of robotics, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. 

The goal of building robots that participate in the space of human social interaction raises technological, empirical, and normative questions. 

PENSOR has been established as a new transdisciplinary research platform at Aarhus University with the aim especially to address research questions in social robotics that require expertise in various philosophical disciplines, including the new area of intercultural philosophy of technology. 

Social robotics is not only among the socially most relevant research areas for scholars in the Humanities, it also marks a new relationship between technology and the Humanities--social robotics needs the Humanities to inform the development of technological design, but it also offers new insights on the conditions of human interaction.

Upcoming events

Mon 17 Oct
12:57-12:57 | Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
International Research Conference Robophilosophy 2016/TRANSOR 2016: What Social Robots Can and Should Do
An international research conference on philosophical issues in social robotics. Plenary speakers: Christopher Bartneck (NZ), Selmer Bringsjord (US), Mark Coeckelbergh (AT), David Gunkel (US), Wendy Ju (US), Benjamin Kuipers (US), Domenico Parisi (IT), Kathleen Richardson (GB), Jennifer Robertson (US), Amanda Sharkey (UK), Noel Sharkey (UK), John Sullins (US).

Latest news

2016.02.01 | Research news

Book publication: Social Robots: Boundaries, Potential, Challenges

This edited volume contributes to the field of social robotics by exploring its boundaries, potential, and Challenges from a philosophically informed standpoint.

2015.01.19 | Research news

Conference Proceedings: Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations

The conference proceedings of Robo-Philosophy 2014 Conference has just been published by IOS Press in 'Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications'.

Hiroshi Ishiguro @AU 2012


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