Social Robots: Technological, Societal and Ethical Aspects of Human-Robot Interaction

  • Oliver Korn

Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. H. P. Chapa Sirithunge, H. M. Ravindu T. Bandara, A. G. Buddhika P. Jayasekara, D. P. Chandima, H. M. Harsha S. Abeykoon
    Pages 37-60
  3. Gerald Bieber, Marian Haescher, Niklas Antony, Florian Hoepfner, Silvio Krause
    Pages 85-100
  4. Sarah L. Müller-Abdelrazeq, Kathrin Schönefeld, Max Haberstroh, Frank Hees
    Pages 101-117
  5. Marketta Niemelä, Päivi Heikkilä, Hanna Lammi, Virpi Oksman
    Pages 119-144
  6. Neziha Akalin, Annica Kristoffersson, Amy Loutfi
    Pages 237-264
  7. Lucas Paletta, Sandra Schüssler, Julia Zuschnegg, Josef Steiner, Sandra Pansy-Resch, Lara Lammer et al.
    Pages 265-284
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 285-288

About this book


Social robots not only work with humans in collaborative workspaces – we meet them in shopping malls and even more personal settings like health and care. Does this imply they should become more human, able to interpret and adequately respond to human emotions? Do we want them to help elderly persons? Do we want them to support us when we are old ourselves? Do we want them to just clean and keep things orderly – or would we accept them helping us to go to the toilet, or even feed us if we suffer from Parkinson’s disease?

The answers to these questions differ from person to person. They depend on cultural background, personal experiences – but probably most of all on the robot in question. This book covers the phenomenon of social robots from the historic roots to today’s best practices and future perspectives. To achieve this, we used a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach, incorporating findings from computer scientists, engineers, designers, psychologists, doctors, nurses, historians and many more. The book also covers a vast spectrum of applications, from collaborative industrial work over education to sales. Especially for developments with a high societal impact like robots in health and care settings, the authors discuss not only technology, design and usage but also ethical aspects.

Thus this book creates both a compendium and a guideline, helping to navigate the design space for future developments in social robotics.


Social Robots Human-Computer Interaction Robot Assistance Human-Machine Interaction Affective Computing Human-Robot Interaction Service Robots Assistive Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Oliver Korn
    • 1
  1. 1.Offenburg University of Applied SciencesOffenburgGermany

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