workshop on the legal, ethical and social issues regarding therapeutic and educational robotics

Workshop Proposal, Almere, The Netherlands (22-23 Oct 2015)

Call for participation


The workshop is directed at motivated and open-minded researchers working on robotics from different fields of expertise. Whether participants are in leading universities or in very small research groups; whether attendants are Ph.D. students or professors; whether they are in the private sector or in a public hospital; as long as they have interests in and concerns about robotics, they are all more than welcomed.

Different communities are asked to identify new problems, challenges or risks in a concrete field of robotics (in personal care, therapeutic and companion robots). This identification and examination will promote discussion either within the same community of experts, or with other communities. Privacy concerns, for instance, are highly important to the legal community; however privacy issues do not seem relevant to roboticists. Actually, the HRI community perceives privacy in a different way: it is more related to the invasion of personal/private space caused by robots, and it is something proxemics is addressing already. Another example is the psychosocial problem that loneliness and age-related depression is causing to elderly. A technology capable of socially connect elderly people to the world could help them reduce this problem.

For that reason, the following communities are kindly invited to participate:

  1. New Technologies: Philosophers, Judges, Lawyers, Academia, etc.
  2. Human-Robot Interaction: Psychologists, Sociologists, Anthropologists, Cognitive Science Engineers, etc.
  3. Social Robotics: Engineers, Care Professionals, Practitioners, etc.
  4. Others: Bioethicists, eco-Friendly Professionals, Communication and Audiovisual Media, etc.


Submitted abstracts should be two pages pdf files following the template below. You can direct questions to

MSWemplate extended abstracts

If you want to use Latex, you can you the IEEE conference template that you can find here. Please submit as pdf file.

For  submission we use EasyChair. Before you can actually submit, you have to make an EasyChair account, unless of course you already have one.

Go to the abstract submission page


registration to the workshop must be done through the NewFriends 2015 website:



  • Workshop papers submission: July 31, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance for workshop papers: August 15, 2015