In order for society to fully realise the potential benefits offered by assistive robots, a number of ethical challenges must firstly be addressed. Crucially, it is important to enhance public understanding of the ways in which societal ethics can be used to formulate and guide the preferred behaviours of the serobots, particularly in scenarios which are ethically complex. Furthermore, it is also important to ensure that the voices of end users are heard, and their input used in the development process. In this paper we present EETAS, a methodology for using structured workshops to improve public understanding of assistive robot ethical complexities. We also present DEETAS, a further digital-based and design-centric methodology for engaging potential end-users who may be reluctant to take part in collaborative workshops. In support of these two methodologies we present the findings of an initial pilot study and usability study, showing an indicative trend that these processes are effective in engaging users and enhancing public understanding of the ethical complexities inherent in assistive robots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Human Interaction Research and Applications - 5th International Conference, CHIRA 2021, and 6th International Conference, CHIRA 2022, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAndreas Holzinger, Hugo Plácido da Silva, Hugo Plácido da Silva, Jean Vanderdonckt, Larry Constantine
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-41962-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-41961-4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2023
Event6th International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications
- Valletta, Malta
Duration: 27 Oct 202228 Oct 2022
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1882 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference6th International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications
Abbreviated titleCHIRA 2022


  • Assistive robots
  • design
  • ethics
  • Design
  • Ethics


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