Community Robotics: A New Paradigm for Robotic Design and Innovation

Ella Maule*, Hemma Philamore, Matthew Studley, Helen Manchester, Mark A Goudswaard

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Abstract

This paper introduces Community Robotics, a new paradigm for robotic design and innovation that centres communities as users and stakeholders. Community Robotics involves designing and innovating to create robotic and autonomous systems that work in service of community and for social value. The paper argues that the values and needs of communities are different from traditional enterprises and individual consumers and as such need dedicated consideration by roboticists in the design of robotic and autonomous systems. Different design approaches are also required, with parallels drawn with existing community design and innovation practices from across design disciplines. These practices indicate the importance of including the needs of communities in the design and development of technology more broadly. However, we argue that robotic and autonomous systems are a special case and require separate examination. We propose that research and development into community robotics is relevant across the field of robotics as it works to extend the possible contexts and enrich the research and innovation space, it unlocks additional opportunities for technology and knowledge creation. Finally, we propose a conceptual framework for Community Robotics, applying it to three robotic application scenarios, and suggest research avenues for future work within this new area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2024 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Its Social Impacts (ARSO)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages153-160
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9798350344639
ISBN (Print)9798350344646
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2024
Event2024 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Its Social Impacts (ARSO) - Hong Kong Science and Science & Technology Parks, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 20 May 202422 May 2024
https://ieee-arso.org/

Publication series

NameIEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, ARSO
ISSN (Print)2162-7568
ISSN (Electronic)2162-7576

Conference

Conference2024 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Its Social Impacts (ARSO)
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period20/05/2422/05/24
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