Making Friends: Building Social Robots through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Selma Sabanovic, Marek Piotr Michalowski, and Linnda R. Caporael
Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics: Papers from the 2007 AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report SS-07-07, March, 2007, pp. 71-77.


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Abstract
This paper discusses social robotics as a hybrid knowledge space that encourages interaction and collaboration among many different disciplines: engineering, computer science, the social sciences and humanities, design, the arts, etc. Such collaboration in the design of socio-culturally situated artifacts poses many challenges, occassioned by differences in conceptual frameworks, methods for conducting research, and even daily work practices. By approaching these challenges in a spirit of friendship across the sciences, it is possible to achieve transdisciplinary understanding and reap the benefits of applying different, yet complementary, forms of expertise to social robot design. In this paper, we use insights and lessons learned from our own collaborative experiences to discuss how social as well as technical and design issues are addressed in the construction and evaluation of social robots and how the boundaries between the social, natural, and applied sciences are challenged, redefined, and traversed.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center and Quality of Life Technology Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Reliable Autonomous Systems Lab and Human-Robot Interaction Group
Associated Project(s): Social Robots, Roboceptionist, Grace
Number of pages: 7

Text Reference
Selma Sabanovic, Marek Piotr Michalowski, and Linnda R. Caporael, "Making Friends: Building Social Robots through Interdisciplinary Collaboration," Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics: Papers from the 2007 AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report SS-07-07, March, 2007, pp. 71-77.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Michalowski_2007_5770,
   author = "Selma Sabanovic and Marek Piotr Michalowski and Linnda R. Caporael",
   title = "Making Friends: Building Social Robots through Interdisciplinary Collaboration",
   booktitle = "Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics: Papers from the 2007 AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report SS-07-07",
   pages = "71-77",
   publisher = "AAAI",
   month = "March",
   year = "2007",
}