Cyberselves Workshop on Teleoperation and Telepresence

Date: Monday, 26 February 2018

Venue: Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3EB, UK

Registration will open in early 2018.

The Cyberselves project, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, seeks to explore the transformative impacts of immersive technologies, including virtual reality and telepresence, on our workplaces, societies and cultures. Led by researchers from Sheffield Robotics the project will collaborate with a wide cross-section of the public, academia, industrial partners, educators and policymakers.

Our first workshop will bring together academics, industry and users to better understand the issues of teleoperation (i.e. the remote control of robots) and telepresence (i.e. the sense of being elsewhere). The goal of the workshop will be to understand the state-of-the-art, and to scope out expected future developments, with particular focus on the psychological, societal and cultural impacts of these technologies.

The event will include talks, discussions, and brainstorming activities, and hands-on demonstrations of telepresence/teleoperative technologies.

The workshop will produce a policy paper that we intend to take forward to influence ethics, policy and industry standards.

Michael and iCubOur discussions will focus upon the following questions:

  • What do we want from teleoperative technologies?
  • What are the public concerns & aspirations for such technologies?
  • How can we fashion these technologies to best serve users?
  • What ethical concerns do we need to take into account with teleoperation and telepresence?
  • What issues of governance and standards do we need to implement for teleoperation?

The workshop is co-organised by Sheffield Robotics and the Centre for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) and will be held at the Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3EB, UK on the 26th February 2018.

Organising Committee:

Tony Prescott, Director of Sheffield Robotics
Rob Buckingham, Director of RACE
Michael Szollosy, Sheffield Robotics, Lead for Public Engagement
Others (TBC)