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An ACI 2022 Workshop at the University of Nottingham

From cat feeders and cat flaps to robot toys, humans are deploying increasingly autonomous systems to look after their pets. In parallel, industry is developing the next generation of autonomous systems to look after humans in the home – most notably robot arms that might assist with all manner of domestic tasks. How might the animals and humans in these spaces engage with these and with each other? This research focuses upon the role that ‘Trust’ plays in autonomous animal-centric robotic systems and the ways in which we as a researchers can further understand how to design, develop, and evaluate such systems by taking a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach. Understanding, designing for, and negotiating ‘Trust’ is complex, particularly in contexts where animals, humans, and intelligent systems (including Robotics, AI, & IoT) come together in a social context, in which bonds are created, friendships develop, and mutual care plays a part in the interaction and the relationship between people and animals.

Keynote by Dr Jane Tyson - Senior Scientific Officer (Companion Animals) RSPCA  

"Our department of dedicated companion animal welfare scientists strives to protect and improve the welfare of pet animals, animal athletes and working animals in the UK. The department's scientific staff are qualified in a range of different areas including zoology, animal behaviour and animal welfare. Each of the department's scientists has a special interest in, and focuses on, particular companion animal species."


Register Now - £50 Early Bird rate
*until Oct 27th - then £100

The workshop will run on the 6th of December 2022
This will b
e held at the Co-Bot Maker Space, University of Nottingham


Download our workshop paper here - citation below
Alan Chamberlain, Steve Benford, Joel Fischer, Pepita Barnard, Chris Greenhalgh, Ju Row Farr, Nick Tandavanitj, Matt Adams. 2022. Designing for Trust: Autonomous Animal - Centric Robotic & AI Systems. In ACI'22, December 5–8, 2022, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom © 2022 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-9830-5/22/12.

*We are able to cover some attendance costs for attendees (*Research Staff and PhD Students) who need it (at our discretion).

Contact Alan. This may include UK travel, Accommodation & Workshop Registration (up to £250). 

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