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FRIS Symposium on Social Robots and Ethical Design

July 18-20, 2023

Tohoku University Aobayama Campus, Sendai, Japan

7.18 Open Session (9:00-17:00)

Suisei Hall, Aobayama Commons (J41), Tohoku University

Keynote Speech

Society Where Everyone Lives a Healthy Life by Coexisting with AI Robots

Yasuhisa Hirata (Tohoku University)


Regular Speech

IEEE Standards Association AI Ethics and Governance

Ruth Lewis (IEEE SSIT/SC)

Hard-Won Lessons from Writing an Ethical Standard for Empathic AI

Ben Bland (IEEE P7014 WG)

Communication between Physical Assistive Robots and Their Users

Mizuki Takeda (Toyohashi University of Technology)

Overview and Framework of Human-Machine Teaming

Fumihiro Maruyama (AIST)

The Issue of Liability of Autonomous Vehicle Accidents – A Comparative Perspective

Alison Xu (Waseda University)

Unveiling the Veil: the critical Issue of theomorphic robots and explainability

Gabriele Trovato (Shibaura Institute of Technology)

Empathy, Governance, Compliance: Moral Lessons from Replika

Andrew McStay (Bangor University)

AI Governance, Data Flow, and International Trade

Phoebe Li (University of Sussex)

The Ethical Issues of Socially Assistive Robots in Long-term Care Settings in Taiwan— A Health Professional’s Perspective

Yu-Chen Lin (Da-Yeh University)

Natural Law and Natural Design of Robots

Takashi Izumo (Nihon University)

Enhancing Legal Communication through Information Design and Visualization

Hilja Autto (University of Lapland)

7.19 Closed Session (Invitation only)

Lecture Room 1 & 2, FRIS (G06), Tohoku University

Smart Robots Design Lab (A15), Tohoku University


7.20 Open Session (10:00-12:00)

Seminar Room, FRIS (G06), Tohoku University

Engineering collective wisdom for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems:  IEEE Standard 7000-2021 and IEEE 7010-2020
Special Speaker: Ruth Lewis (IEEE SSIT/SC)

Closing Remarks: Toward Design-Centered Governance for Social Robots 

Organizer: Yueh-Hsuan Weng (Tohoku University and IEEE P7017 WG)


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Yueh-Hsuan Weng (Tohoku University)

Ankit Ravankar (Tohoku University)

Zhenyu Liao (Tohoku University)

Alberto Petrilli (Tohoku University)

About the FRIS Symposium

Toward Design-Centered Governance for Social Robots

The aim of this symposium is to discuss the use of AI ethics standardizations for robot governance. Specifically, the symposium considers challenges to the regulation of AI-enabled technology due to slow legislative processes which have not been able to keep pace with the rapid speed of technological advances. In addition to considering the regulation of critical AI technologies, it also argues for a regulatory framework which relies on non-binding and flexible AI ethics standards to ensure that stakeholders manage ethical, legal, and social implication (ELSI) risks that are inherent in daily human-robot interactions. By including AI ethics standards into the development process for social robots, robot developers will be able to include principles of responsible innovation and research without conflicting with ‘hard laws’ enacted for robot regulation. Plus, we will explore the approach of ethical robot design, examine its potential and limitations, and demonstrate the utility of ‘ethically aligned design’ and ‘social system design’ frameworks in implementing the concept of "compliance by design".


Meet the Speakers


What You Will Learn


Branding strategies on regulating emerging technologies in the age of AI.


How to apply the concept of ethical design into robot system development.


Trend trends and cases of the IEEE 7000's AI ethics standardizations.


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