Socially Assistive Robots as Decision Makers: Transparency, Motivations, and Intentions

Emilyann Nault, Carl J. Bettosi, Lynne Baillie, Ronnie Smith, Maja Mataric, Vivek Nallur, Manfred Tscheligi, Andreas Sackl, Fabio Paternò, Scott A. Macleod, Sara Cooper

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Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) are being developed to fulfil a range of roles that support humans. As the complexity and capability of SARs increase, they will be expected to adopt higher degrees of responsibility and execute greater levels of autonomous decision-making. Therefore, it is imperative that the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and more widely the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community seriously consider how SARs communicate about their role and the motivations and intentions behind their decisions. The proposed workshop will address challenges with respect to SAR decision-making, discuss current approaches to these challenges, and develop ideas and strategies for how the wider CHI community should move forward in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '23: Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9781450394222
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023


  • Machine ethics
  • Robotic autonomy
  • Socially assistive robots
  • Transparency
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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