Designing trustworthy and ethical robots of the future

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


In mid-March, Dr McKenna gave an online presentation to UG engineering students, organised by the Windsor Fellowship and Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG). The presentation focussed his research examining human-robot trust, and his experience working in a multidisciplinary team. Through video clips, audience members got a flavour for his work, as they rated the trustworthiness of a Pepper robot using differently worded navigation suggestions. They also viewed and offered suggestions about the intended emotion of several robot facial expressions, which lead onto a discussion about how culture affects this process.
Following the presentation, audience members engaged in an activity where they either supported or refuted the use deception by social robots for the purpose of building trust with people. The debate that followed demonstrated just how timely discussions about ethics and robots are to present and future robot applications.
The event was run as part of RAENG’s Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP), an initiative to help UG engineering students learn about the various engineering role and opportunities available in academia and industry.
Period15 Mar 2023
Held atRoyal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom


  • psychology
  • outreach
  • Higher Education