Robotics: Science and Systems 2016 Workshop

Social Trust in Autonomous Robots

June 19, 2016, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
An affiliated workshop of RSS 2016
Submission deadline April 29, 2016
Notification May 06, 2016
Camera ready June 17, 2016
Workshop June 19, 2016


We invite researchers attending RSS 2016, and others, to participate in this workshop focused on trust in autonomy. This workshop will include a mix of invited talks, panel discussions, and contributed poster presentations. Poster submissions are encouraged from researchers and students wishing to give a poster presentation on any topic within the theme of the workshop. The main goal of this workshop is to shed light on the little-understood notion of trust in autonomy from various perspectives. We have therefore invited a number of experts from both academia and industry, whose works focus on the intersection of the field of technology with sociology, philosophy, ethics, or logic, to give their views on the topic through talks and panel discussions.

Trust in Autonomy - Why?

Robots are increasingly becoming complex machines with high levels of autonomy. Sophisticated algorithms are enabling robots to quickly leave behind their traditional structured workspaces in factories and to enter our daily lives with dynamic and uncertain environments. Driverless cars, home assistive robots, unmanned aerial vehicles are just a few examples. As robots find their way into our society, and as their decisions affect us more directly, a key notion that is as important as safety and correctness but not as well understood emerges - the notion of trust. How can we trust a robot? How can I trust a driverless car to take my child to school? How can I trust a robot to help my elderly parent? Failing to answer such questions appropriately can cause a major blow to the field of robotics. Because people respond to technology socially, trust influences reliance on robots. In particular, trust guides reliance in complex and unanticipated situations, where the decision making process of the robot is not immediately clear to the user. Therefore, robots must exhibit behaviors (decisions) that induce trust. In order to design algorithms that can generate trustworthy decisions (and hence reliable robots), we need to understand, formalize, and express trust. This is a challenging (yet necessary) task because it involves many aspects including sociology, psychology, cognitive reasoning, philosophy, logic, and computation. In this workshop, we try to take a step toward this task by shedding light on the notion of trust from various perspectives through a series of talks and panel discussions.

Workshop Flyer

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Contact Information

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This workshop is supported by the EPSRC.