Designing robots. Towards an ethical culture of the aesthetic product

  • Claudio Germak Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Lorenza Abbate Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Keywords: interaction design, digital design, user experience design, human-centred design, robot ethics design

Abstract

Over the last years, service robots with applications in social contexts have developed increasingly sophisticated and intuitive natural communication languages and social skills. Designed in human likeness or with synthetic designs, this kind of robot is the subject of a multidisciplinary activity, in which Design is involved in the design project together with engineering, and the support of anthropology and psychology. The HERE research project wants to give quantitative and qualitative analysis methods and guidelines for an ethical planning of robotic services and products with a high level of accessibility and acceptance by users. The research laboratory concerns university spaces, where telepresence robots are set up as virtual appendixes for students that could not be present.

Author Biographies

Claudio Germak, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

He is a Full Professor of Design and President of SID (Italian Design Society). A design-oriented production systems Researcher focused on the relations between industry and craft. Today he leads the UXDPoliTO team, consisting of active researchers in the development of design and evaluation HCD, UXD, HMI and ID techniques in different fields.
E-mail: claudio.germak@polito.it

Lorenza Abbate, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

She is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Management, Production and Design. A Researcher focused on the field of human-robot interaction by applying user-centred approach methodologies and in particular on service robotics applied to school contexts.
E-mail: lorenza.abbate@polito.it

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Published
2021-12-31
How to Cite
Germak, C. and Abbate, L. (2021) “Designing robots. Towards an ethical culture of the aesthetic product”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 10(online), pp. 210-217. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/10192021.
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Design | Research & Experimentation
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