Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

Building Resilient Governance Frameworks for Human-Robot Collaboration: Towards a More Interdisciplinary Understanding of Risk and Ethics in European Regulation

Naira López Caņellas1,a, Aphra Kerr2 and Brian Vaughan1,b

1School of Media, Technological University of Dublin, Ireland.

2Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland.


This paper explores a wide range of perspectives on the study of AI applications and robotics offered by both technical and social disciplines, and pools them together to best capture their associated risk and safety concerns. After a comprehensive thematic review, the paper concludes that finding the right approach to regulating them requires both an interdisciplinary point of view and the interrogation of the underlying narratives surrounding human-robot interaction. This research contributes to current EU-wide efforts to enact a legislative framework that both supports innovation and protects citizens' rights in the domain of emerging technologies.

Keywords: Human factors, Robotics, Artificial intelligence, Interdisciplinary research, Ethics, Risk.

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