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Human factors in the design and control of robots: what are we missing? (IRIM-WS58)

The goal of this workshop is to raise awareness on the importance of considering human diversity (age, ethnic group, gender, disabilities, etc.) and inclusion in the design and control of machines that are meant to interact with humans in their daily activities. We aim at fostering the discussion on human aspects in robotics, involving both technology developers and end-users. The objective is to reinforce and provide visibility to the community efforts on these topics and strengthen its links with the field of intelligent machines.



Thursday 10 December

From 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm CET

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Human factors in the design and control of robots: what are we missing? (IRIM-WS58)

Francesca Negrello (Organizer)

PostDoc, Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation Research Line, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova

Shreepriya Shreepriya

UX and Ethnography, NAVER LABS Europe

Maria Fossati

Maria Fossati is a designer and works on the creation of innovative robotic prosthetic hands at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa (IIT). She received the B.S. degree in Industrial Design and the Ph.D. in Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is an expert in “Universal Design”, i.e., a design methodology of modern conception that has the objective of designing and constructing environments, products and services that are inclusive, beyond the possible presence of a condition of disability. Currently, she is participating in the development of the SoftHand Pro, a robotic prosthesis developed as part of a European project with the University of Pisa. Of herself she says: "Considering that I myself have a prosthesis, I can only love my work".

Francesca Ferrando

Francesca Ferrando teaches Philosophy at NYU-Liberal Studies, New York University. A leading voice in the field of Posthuman Studies and founder of the Global Posthuman Network, she has been the recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, including the Sainati prize with the Acknowledgement of the President of Italy. She has published extensively on these topics; her latest book is Philosophical Posthumanism (Bloomsbury 2019). In the history of TED talks, she was the first speaker to give a talk on the topic of the posthuman. US magazine “Origins” named her among the 100 people making change in the world. Info:

Eduard Fosch-Villaronga

Dr. Eduard Fosch-Villaronga is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at the eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University (NL). Eduard is currently serving the European Commission in the Sub-Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI), connected products and other new challenges in product safety to the Consumer Safety Network (CSN) to revise the General Product Safety directive. He is also the PI of LIAISON, a project that received the COVR Award, and aims to link robot development and policymaking to reduce the complexity in robot legal compliance (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program grant agreement No 779966). He is the co-leader of the Working Group on the Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects for Wearable Robots at the H2020 COST Action CA16116. His latest publications include his research on sex care robots or on the importance of including the LGBTQ+ community in the development of AI to avoid discrimination, featured by Nature Machine Intelligence. He also published a book entitled ‘Robots, Healthcare, and the Law. Regulating Automation in Personal Care’ with Routledge.

Maria Pozzi (Organizer)

PostDoc, Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics, University of Siena

Lucia Pallottino (Organizer)

Associate Professor, Centro di Ricerca "E. Piaggio", Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa

Virginia Ruiz Garate (Organizer)

PostDoc, Human-robot interfaces and physical interaction Research Line, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologaia, Genova

Category Talk · Type Talk