Creating material for the effective education of engineers towards the ethical, legal and societal aspects of wearable robotics

Nizamis, K. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Description

Wearable robotics (WRs) are becoming increasingly crucial for the rehabilitation or the daily support of individuals with impaired motor function. New technologies and materials result in more and more robotics designs with incredible features. However, robot makers often overlook the importance of ethical, legal and societal (ELS) aspects in the design and use of WRs. Considering the social impact of such technologies, it becomes clear that designers of such technologies should be aware of their role in the context of society and develop a mindset that will be more sensitive to ELS aspects. The achievement of this goal may lead to the design and development of technologies with higher user acceptance rates. A straightforward approach to address this issue is by educating young engineers and roboticists.
To this end, we decided to coordinate an effort to produce educational material about ELS issues of wearable robotics. This educational effort could take the form of a technology-based, engineering-friendly app or a game that will have maximal impact on engineers.

Period10 Jul 2019
Held atResearch Meeting on Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects of Wearable Robotics
Event typeSeminar
LocationAthens, Greece
Degree of RecognitionLocal