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Ethics of Human Interaction with Robotic, Bionic, and AI Systems
Concepts and Policies

workshop supported by the ETHICBOTS European Project

International Workshop
Naples , 17-18 October, 2006

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Registration fee
€ 75,00 (for those who register before September 10th)
€ 150,00 (for those who register later)
Free admission for students.


This workshop aims at exploring the techno-ethics of human interactions with adaptive and cognitive systems developed in the framework of Robotics, Bionics, and Artificial Intelligence. These interactions notably include

  • human-robot non-invasive interactions, involving autonomous robots which inhabit human environments;
  • human-machine invasive interactions, involving bionic systems for restoring or enhancing human functionalities;
  • human-softbot interactions, involving AI systems for information access and communication.

Critical issues arising in roboethics and related areas of applied ethics concern

  • preservation and promotion of human freedom, rights, and identity;
  • fair access to adaptive machinery resources;
  • scientific method and techno-ethical policies;
  • precautionary principles in human-machine interactions;
  • responsibilities for cooperative human-machine deliberation and action;
  • machine autonomy and accountability;
  • individual and societal impact of human-machine cognitive and affective bonds;
  • intercultural aspects of robot development, design, and use.

Workshop speakers

A. Ahluwalia, R. Capurro, S. Casalini, D. Cerqui, R. Chatila, T. Christaller, R. Cordeschi,G. Dalle Mura, P. Dario, E. Datteri, D. De Rossi, M. Decker, P. Duquenoy, M. Engström, M. Ferro, A. Fornai, J. M. Galván, S. Gill, C. Hyuck, R. Igliozzi, M. Ishikawa, C. Laschi, A. Mackworth, D.Marino, D. Miller, M. Mock, L. Montagnini, A. Mowshowitz, F. Muratori, M. Nagenborg, F. Operto, N. Patrignani, C. Pingel, G. Pioggia, C. Reynolds, R. S. Rosenberg, S. Rodotà, M.T. Russo, P. Salvini, C.T.A. Schmidt, M. L. Sica, C. Sjöström, G. Tamburrini, S. Torrance, W. Trinius, G. Veruggio, G.S. Virk, K. Warwick, J. Weber, Blay Whitby.

Workshop venue

Centro Congressi
Ufficio Comunicazione e Gestione Eventi - Settore Gestione Eventi
Address: Via Partenope 36 - 80121 Napoli
Tel 081 2537395 - 081 2535706
Fax: 081 2535729

Google map link (click here for another map of Naples)

How to reach the workshop venue

We suggest participants to the workshop to take a taxi from the taxi stands outside Naples airport Capodichino (Google maps link) or railway central station (stazione centrale) to the workshop venue or their hotel (both in the seafront hotels area) using what is called the "predetermined fare" ("tariffa predeterminata"). The cost of this fixed fare from Airport to seafront hotels is 19 euros, and from railway central station to seafront hotels is 9.50 euros.


Prompt reservation is recommended!
When making reservation, cite Workshop Ethicbots, Centro Congressi, Università Federico II


MH Hotel
Via Chiaia, 245
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Via Caracciolo, 11
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Via Palepoli, 12
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Royal Continental
Via Partenope, 38/44
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Santa Lucia
Via Partenope, 46
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Luxury hotels:

Via Partenope, 48
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Via Partenope, 45
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You can find other hotels in the web site of the Centro Congressi.

Bed and breakfast

Via Chiatamone, 55
(single room about 70 euros)
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B&B Chiatamone
via Chiatamone, 6
Prices for Workshop participants (please cite "Federico II" when booking): single room 72,00 euros; double room 108,00 euros.
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Le Fontane al Mare
Via N. Tommaseo 14 (corner Via Partenope)
tel. 081-7643470; 081-7643811
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Scientific board

Daniela Cerqui (Switzerland), Paolo Dario (Italy), Rüdiger Dillmann (Germany), Armin Grunwald (Germany), Alan Mackworth (Canada), Abbe Mowshowitz (USA) Brian O'Connell (USA), Richard Rosenberg (Canada), Jutta Weber (Austria).

Organizing committee

Rafael Capurro (Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart, GER), Raja Chatila (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, FR), Thomas Christaller (Fraunhofer Institut-AIS, Sankt Augustin, GER), Adriano Fabris (Università di Pisa, IT), Satinder Gill (Middlesex University, London, UK), Alessandro Giordani (Facoltà di Teologia, Lugano, CH), Cecilia Laschi (Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, IT), Guglielmo Tamburrini (Università Federico II, Napoli, IT), Gianmarco Veruggio (Scuola di Robotica, Genova, IT), Kevin Warwick (Dept. of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK)

Important dates

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Extended abstract (max 4 pages, 10.000 characters) : Submission by June 30th, 2006.
No particular format is required. Please send the abstract to (PDF, RTF, or TXT files are allowed).

Acceptance notification for the workshop working notes : By July 21st, 2006.

Post-conference publications : Journals 2007 special issues


75 euros for those who register before September 10th;
150 euros for those who register later;
Free admission for students.

Payment on site!

Local organizing committee (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Ernesto Burattini (coord.), Edoardo Datteri, Tonia Galassi, Guglielmo Tamburrini, Luigi Villani

For additional information write to {tamburrini, datteri }

Università di Napoli
Istituto di Cibernetica "Eduardo Caianiello"
Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici
Regione Campania
European Union
Università di Napoli "Federico II"
Istituto di Cibernetica "Eduardo Caianiello"
Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici

Regione Campania

European Union