[Air-L] 3 doctoral positions: caring robots

Ganiat.Kazeem ganiat.kazeem at open.ac.uk
Wed Dec 11 04:20:51 PST 2019

The answer to that is probably going to be

Here: https://liu.se/en/research/caring-robots

Miss Ganiat Omolara Kazeem | PhD researcher at the Open University, Critical Information Studies research group [CIS], Department of computing and communications, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] & The OU Centre for Policing Research and Learning [CPRL]

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On 11 Dec 2019, at 11:29, William Fearon <william.fearon at mail.com> wrote:

  What is an 'ethical reason?'.

  Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:06 PM
  From: "Katherine Harrison" <katherine.harrison at gmail.com>
  To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
  Subject: [Air-L] 3 doctoral positions: caring robots
  We are currently accepting applications to 3 fully funded, 4 year PhD
  positions associated with the research project, ‘The ethics and social
  consequences of AI and caring robots. Learning trust, empathy and
  (deadline 30 January 2020, start date August 2020).
  The project is led by Ericka Johnson and Katherine Harrison at Tema
  Linköping University, Sweden. More information can be found:
  The PhD positions are fully funded (i.e. provide full-employment within
  Swedish system, including paid holidays and other standard social
  etc.) and can be extended up to a fifth year by teaching opportunities
  Position 1: Designing care robots
  What bodies are assumed in the design of companion robots, and how does
  design of the robot affect its interactions with humans? This project
  focuses on how care and affect are materialised in the body of the
  companion robot, with particular critical attention to intersections of
  gender, ethnicity and ability. An additional area of inquiry could
  how the material design features of the robot's body are mediated
  affective programming software to produce a more intimate encounter.
  Position 2: Learning data for companion robots.
  How can robots learn to care when collecting data on relevant humans
  may be
  limited for ethical reasons? Or if real data contain bias, on which
  should you train your data? Generative machine learning techniques
  (such as
  generative adversarial networks (GANs)) offer a solution to problems
  “real” data such as scarce availability, labour intensity of data
  labelling, data biases, or privacy intrusiveness. This project
  comprises a
  critical inquiry into the production/collection of data sets used to
  companion robots learn, and particularly the possibility of using GANs
  assist with this.
  Position 3: The affective space between human and companion robots
  Current advances in robotics often focuses on refining robots to learn
  about and respond better to humans. However, interacting well with a
  also requires significant learning on the part of the human
  This project focuses on the affective space between human and robot,
  the work that both participants must learn to do to create an emotional
  relation characterised by care and trust.
  Interested? Please contact us with any questions (Ericka Johnson <
  ericka.johnson at liu.se> and Katherine Harrison
  <katherine.harrison at liu.se>)
  Applications are made through the Linköping University web interface:
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