Robots in Society #2

Robots in society (A series of information seminars on robotics)

Detailed programme Registration
The main aim of these seminars is to bring together everyone with an interest in Robotics, i.e., researchers in robotics, professionals in a variety of robot application domains and stakeholders from the general public to discuss the growing role of robots in everyday life and the emerging technical, regulatory, ethical and legal challenges being faced to satisfy the ageing societal requirements for personal care and medical services.

The role of robots is evolving rapidly from their industrial manufacturing roots to a wide variety of service applications where close human-robot interaction is needed. A key feature of robots is that they possess a “degree of autonomy” and hence can have the capability to make independent decisions for fulfilling their intended task. Good examples are physical assistant robots which are “personal care robots that physically assist a user in performing required tasks by providing supplementation or augmentation of personal capabilities”, these are planned to help with personal mobility for maintaining independence and quality of life of elderly persons. Other examples include medical robots for surgery, or rehabilitation of patients or provide support to disabled persons (such as mobility of amputees or education of children with autism). Even driverless cars and drones can come under the “robotics agenda”. How the new emerging robots and their autonomous capabilities should be introduced in the various applications is causing a variety of concerns relating to safety, ethics, and law.

The DRAFT programme is now available as a pdf flyer in the link above.

The main areas of focus of the second seminar of the series are:

  • Industrial robots
  • Mobile robots
  • Service robots
London South Bank University

Keyworth Centre

Venue Details
Keyworth Centre,
Keyworth Street,

For details of how to find the venue, please click on the link below:

Gurvinder S. Virk; 

David Rippon;

Peter Dudley;

Helen Simon;

Jean Irvine;

Nigel Lewis;

The events are organised by BCSWCIT and CLAWAR Association Limited as core partners.


BCS The Chartered Institute for IT promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice (see

WCIT is the 100th City of London Livery Company with the aim to promote the IT industry for contributing to the greater good of society (see

CLAWAR is a UK registered charity with the mission: “The advancement of education and science for the public benefit in the field of robotics and associated technologies” (see

Gurvinder S. Virk;