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The use of ethnography to identify and address ethical, legal, and societal (ELS) issues

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As robotic technologies rapidly enter our everyday lives, we are compelled to consider the ethical, legal, and societal (ELS) challenges that arise in connection to these changes. In this workshop, we will present a novel methodological approach to HRI that will: help to identify ELS issues through ethnographic research methods, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and broaden the scope of existing HRI research while providing concrete tools for addressing these ELS challenges. We aim to introduce ethnographic methods and unfold the benefits and challenges of conducting ethnographic research. We will engage participants through speaker presentations, lightning talks, moderated group discussions, and a group-work session focused on integrating new methods into attendees own research practices. Workshop topics will draw on the content of selected position papers, centered around how we can use ethnographic methods in HRI research so that we can: better understand users, workplaces, and robots; identify and address ELS issues; and ultimately ensure the design of more ethical, sustainable, and responsible robotics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2018 - Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Number of pages2
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year1 Mar 2018
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356152
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Event13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 5 Mar 20188 Mar 2018


Conference13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018
LandUnited States
SponsorACM SIGAI, ACM SIGCHI, IEEE Robotics and Automation (IEEE RAS)

    Research areas

  • althri, collaborative learning, design, els, empirical, ethical, ethics, ethnography, fieldwork, human-centered, legal, methodology, qualitative, robot, social sciences, societal, sts, sustainability, user

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