Social Robots for Health and Well-being in Ageing Societies
This interdisciplinary workshop develops a critical approach to the research and development of social robots for health and well-being.
Social robots providing physical and cognitive assistance, and social and emotional companionship have rapidly become one of the most paradigmatic applications to solve health care challenges in ageing societies. A correspondingly large field of funding programs, projects, companies and scientists aim to develop autonomous machines, ranging from surgery robots and rehabilitation robots to companionship robots, to collaborate with humans in various caregiving tasks. In the wake of this boom, questions and critiques are being formulated in diverse communities about the legitimacy, conditions, and consequences of social robots for older adults’ and their caregivers’ health and well-being, including working conditions and caregiving relationships.
The workshop therefore raises the question of a critical paradigm for research and development of social robots for health and well-being in ageing societies. The aim is to shift a focus from technological interventions to the impacts and consequences of social robots on older adults’ and their caregivers’ health and well-being. The workshop brings perspectives from HRI, STS, Age Studies, and neighboring fields into conversation to develop aspects of an agenda for more reflective, holistic and appropriate development of social robots for older adults in ageing societies.
This event is organised by Andreas Bischof and Sanna Kuoppamäki (members of the socio-gerontechnology network)
4.30 – 4.40: Welcome
4.40 – 4.45: Socio-Gerontechnology Network on Robots in Care
4.45 – 4.55: Laurel Riek
4.55 – 5.00: Collecting Feedback on Concept board
5:00 – 5.10: Hee Rin Lee
5:10 – 5:15: Collecting Feedback on Concept board
5:15 – 5:25: Sara Ljungblad: “Critical robotics: Between robot fictions and design realities”
5:25 – 5:30 Collecting Feedback on Concept board
5:30 – 5:40: Stephen Oram: Reading “Eating Robots”
5:40 – 5:45: Collecting Feedback on Concept board
5:45 – 5:55: Break
5:55 – 6:10: Break out rooms with the 4 contributors
6:10 – 6:30: Joint discussion: Social robots in later life – towards future agenda?