My friend is a robot. Sociocultural aspects of social robotics

The learners will get acquainted with a new interdisciplinary science Social robotics. An idea of common future for people and robots has been living in society for a long time. What is required to implement it except for technical challenges? What changes in society can be forecasted about the future where robots are embedded into the frame of society? What are the specific features of human-robot interaction? We are going to discuss sociocultural aspects in particular without considering technical peculiarities of robot development:

  • the role of culture in forming an image of a social robot;
  • peculiarities of perception of a social robot;
  • ethic aspects of social interaction between a human being and a robot

About the course

Each module includes a section devoted to the discussion of methodology and results of the research in the target topic. The learners may know opinion by developers who work with social robotics platforms. Such themes as social robot front-end interface and design issues deserve special attention. The last module provides learners with an opportunity to act as a developer and present their own concept of a social robot taking into consideration all the issues discussed in the course.

Target Audience

The course is designed for vast audience of learners who want to get acquainted with this field; it might be useful as well for engineers, who develop not only robots but any personal device.

Special knowledge is not required. Basic knowledge in sociology, culture studies, history, English are advisable because some materials are provided in English.

Terms and Conditions

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Nadezhda Zilberman
Candidate of Sciences in Philology, Associate Professor of the Department of Humanitarian Problems for Informatics, Faculty of Philosophy