poster designed by Nickolas Peter Chelyapov

poster designed by Nickolas Peter Chelyapov

The Children’s Imagined Robots exhibition features over one hundred drawings of robots designed by children in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Tanzania and the United States.  The exhibit presents a unique perspective on alternate futures imagined by children in different cultures.  As you view these designs, consider that the artists who created them may be the first to live in a world with social robots yet their views are rarely considered early in the design process.

Thanks to a growing, international network of researchers and collaborators who worked on this show, attendees of Robophilosophy 2016 will be the first to see the exhibit featuring designs from five countries.  Prior iterations of the exhibition featuring designs from just Russian and US children have been shown at the Powerhouse Museum of Art & Design (Sydney, Australia), The Peabody Essex Museum and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (US).

The related Co-designing child-robot-interactions workshop will explore approaches for designing robots with children that incorporate the needs and preferences of children. Participants will discuss, listen to invited speakers and engage in a group, roboehtics imaginative exercise using the ideas presented in the exhibition as a point of departure.


Co-designing child-robot interactions workshop

Organized by The Center for Children's Speculative Design (C4CSD.org)

David Robert, Victor van den Bergh

ROBOPHILOSOPHY 2016: "What social robots can and should do"

October 17th, 2016

Aarhus, Denmark

This workshop at Robophilosophy 2016 will explore approaches for designing robots for children that incorporate the needs and preferences of children, themselves. An interdisciplinary panel of child-robot interaction (CRI) researchers will introduce workshop participants to projects in Denmark, Russia and the United States of America that have used differing approaches for collecting children’s attitudes and ideas about robots, including speculative co-design, quantitative survey-scales, linguistic analysis, and long-term research studies in educational contexts. Workshop participants will also engage in a group, roboethics imaginative exercise with the International Archive of Children’s Robot Designs housed at the Center for Children’s Speculative Design (a concurrent exhibition on display at Robophilosophy 2016). The published outcomes of this workshop will inform an evolving draft of recommendations and responsible strategies to be shared with scholars, robotics industry thought leaders and international policy makers concerned with the ethical implications of social robots designed to specifically target and impact the lives of children worldwide

Related Topics:

Roboethics, Long-term HRI, Child-robot interaction, speculative co- design, children’s perspectives, educational media, cross-cultural studies, social robots, technology policy


13:00 - 13:15 Introductions

13:15 - 14:00 Speculative Co-Design of Robots, V. van den Bergh, D. Robert, N. Zilberman

14:00 - 14:30 Experiences from Long-Term Implementation of Social Robots in Danish Educational Institutions, F. Kirstein, R. Risager

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30 Speculative Co-Design Activity using materials from the Children's Imagined Robots exhibition at Robophilosophy 2016


Intended Audience:

This interdisciplinary workshop is targeted at Roboethicsts, Students, Researchers, Educators, Robotics industry decision-makers, EU and International policy makers.