REELER is a new collaborative H2020-project that aims to align roboticists’ visions of a future with robots with empirically-based knowledge of human needs and societal concerns.

Interdisciplinary research

REELER is a highly interdisciplinary project involving 4 European partners from the fields of anthropology, learning, robotics, philosophy, and economy.

The project is a research-driven collaboration between SSH-RRI and Robotic-ICT communities, which aims to raise awareness of the human potential in robotics development, with special attention to distributed responsibility, ethical and societal issues and collaborative learning. REELER’s high level of multidisciplinarity will assure cooperation, comprehension and acceptance of SSH-research in the robotics research community.

Main objective
Through a new understanding of proximity that considers how individuals and community connect with robot technologies, REELER will develop a research-based roadmap presenting:

a) ethical guidelines for Human Proximity Levels,

b) prescriptions for how to include the voice of new types of users and affected stakeholders through Mini-Publics,

c) assumptions in robotics through socio-drama

d) agent-based simulations of the REELER research for policymaking.

At the core of these guidelines is the concept of collaborative learning, which permeates all aspects of REELER and will guide future SSH-ICT research.

Integrating the recommendations of the REELER Roadmap for responsible and ethical learning in robotics in future robot design processes will enable the European robotics community to addresses human needs and societal concerns. Moreover, the project will give powerful instruments able to foster networking and exploit potentialities of future robotics projects.