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 Welcome to
 TRANSOR

  RESEARCH NETWORK FOR TRANSDISCIPLINARY
  STUDIES IN SOCIAL ROBOTICS

Introduction

From healthcare to warfare, from education to entertainment, from the public to the private sphere - we are beginning to let robots into our lives.

‘Social robotics’ is a new transdisciplinary research area that investigates conditions, aims, and consequences of the employment of ‘sociable robots’ in contexts of human social interaction. A sociable robot is designed to “enable people to interact with it as if it were a person, and ultimately as a friend” (Breazeal 2002). If human-robot interaction is to supplement or even to substitute human-human interaction, large-scale research questions arise that go far beyond aspects of technological feasibility.

The Research Network for Transdisciplinary Studies in Social Robotics (TRANSOR) is a platform for research exchange and joint Humanities research in social robotics, connecting researchers in philosophy, robotics, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, educational science, linguistics, art and design studies, and communication and media studies. The purpose of TRANSOR is to create research pathways within and between Danish and international research groups throughout Europe, in the USA, Korea, and Japan.  One of the particular aims of TRANSOR is to address methodological problems of research in social robotics.

Latest news

2019.11.13 | Conference, ANOTHER, ISOR, TRANSOR, PENSOR

Cfp Robophilosphy conference 2020: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics

2017.05.24 | Research news, ANOTHER, ISOR, TRANSOR

CfP for SI: Social Robots and Recognition: Socio-Ontological, (Machine-)Ethical, and Socio-Political Trajectories

We invite authors to submit original research papers—conceptual as well as empirical— that explore the role and potentials of social robots in relation to recognition. As social robotics is a truly interdisciplinary field, contributions from all disciplines are encouraged (for example: psychology, anthropology, engineering, sociology, media…

Upcoming events

Tue 18 Aug
10:38-10:38 | Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark)
Robophilosophy conference: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics
Once we place so-called ‘social robots’ into the social practices of our everyday lives and lifeworlds, we create complex, and possibly irreversible, interventions in the physical and semantic spaces of human culture and sociality. The long-term socio-cultural consequences of these interventions is currently impossible to gauge. While the use of ‘social’ robots in service functions, i.e. within the care-, education-, and entertainment sector, promises great economic gain, it also potentially infringes upon ethical, epistemic, existential, and other socio-cultural core values.