Responsible Robotics

Responsible Robotics

Invitation to Engagement and Dialogue with Researchers about Societal Aspects of Robotics

Robotic technologies pose fascinating new opportunities, but also yield controversial questions and new societal challenges. The closing event of the workshop series “Responsible Robotics” provides an opportunity for a broader public to discuss such societal aspects of robotics.
For this purpose, researchers of the Doctoral College “Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots” have developed a variety of methods (e.g. hands-on tools, audience engagement tools) for engagement and dialogue. Their research topics range from safety, trust and body language in human-robot-interaction to scepticism and overconfidence in autonomous robot decision making.

The main intended audience of this event are interested publics and people who are not familiar with robotics research. The aim is decidedly not to stage scientific talks for other researchers but to practice the increasingly more important skill of engaging with publics/science communication. This includes being able to identify aspects of research topics that are of societal interest (and may be subject of societal controversies) and developing creative ways of making them subject of open debate.

Date: 22 January 2021, 17.00-19.00

Place: You can join the event online via Zoom. (In case the Corona-situation allows for it, you can also join us in person at HS1, Theresianumgasse 27.) For adaptations of the programme to the number of visitors, please register via e-mail to Lisa Sigl.

Registration is free and open until 22 January 2021 via e-mail to

Due to the Covid19 situation, the event will take place online. To make sure there is enough time for everyone to take part in engagement and debate, the number of participants is limited to 30. You will receive the detailed programme and a Zoom-link after your registration.

General event language is English. If required, small discussion groups can be organised in the first language of the individual researchers. (If this applies to you, please inform us in your registration mail).

The event is supported by:

  • Vice Rector Prof. Kurt Matyas, Academic Affairs, TU Wien
  • Research Ethics Coordinator Marjo Rauhala, RTI Support, TU Wien
  • Österreichischer Verein zur Förderung der Betriebswirtschaftlichen Forschung und Lehre

Illustration by Eva Rudofsky.

Responsible Robotics is a pilot project that explores how to put the framework of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to practice in the doctoral college “Trust Robots” at the Technical University of Vienna (09/2018-08/2021). It organises a workshop series for PhD students and develops a card-based method for reflecting and considering societal issues and concerns in robotics research and development in collaboration with PhD students.

Activities during the workshops included several group discussions with the method „Imagine RRI“, literature-based reflection, individual RRI-Coaching, discussion of research ethics and potentials of interdisciplinary collaboration, a “mind scripting” workshop and introduction to science communication/public engagement.

People involved in the pilot project: Lisa Sigl (project leader), Marjo Rauhala, Nicole Föger, Doris Allhutter, Sarah Davies and Sarah Funk & Alina Natmessnig (ScienceCenter Netzwerk)