Theme day Saturday on Social Robotics

Robotic Saturday at MatchPoints Seminar

Social Robotics - New Paths to Discovering What Matters in a Human Life will be the main theme on the 3rd Day of the MatchPoints Seminar 2018 on The Welfare State: New Solutions to Old problems.

If you signed up for the full conference, this day is part of your programme. For others, it is possible to buy a day ticket for this day - register here. Please note that this day will begin with a very interesting plenum lecture on another matter by Professor in Oeconomics Philipp Schröder on Who is afraid of economic growth? Demystifying disruption (read more)

More on the Social Robotics theme

The use of so-called “social robots” may offer new ways to unburden employees in social and health services both physically and psychologically, while opening up for citizens new modes of receiving social and health services - as a ‘win-win’ solution for both sides. However, as the research landscape in “Social Robotics” and “Human Robot Interaction Studies” shows, special efforts at 'user-driven design' are called for. Socio-cultural differences play an important role in the way social robots are designed, conceptually framed,  and experienced. While the use of robots in principle may further some of the core values the welfare state aims to realize, currently we still lack in-depth understanding on which interactions with social robots we should promote, when, and where.  

See the full programme below and read more on the workshop on Social Robotics here and on the theatre performance ROBOT DREAM here

Programme Saturday May 26



09.00     Welcome
09.05 Who is afraid of economic growth? Demystifying disruption
In 2017, the Danish government launched the Disruption Council in order to guide a maintenance check of the Scandinavian model. The Disruption Council will conclude its work in the autumn of 2018. What is at stake, where is the discussion moving forward, and where has it grinded to a halt? Against this backdrop, Professor Philipp Schröder will review the fundamental drivers of economic growth, the central interaction of technology and globalisation and the way that reallocation forces in the economy and labour market play out and strain existing structures and policy solutions. Hear a unique insider’s account of what is at stake and which policy responses are conceivable. The plenum session is held by Philipp Schröder, Professor of Economics at Aarhus University and member of the Danish Governments Disruption Council.
09.50 Coffee and network
10.15 Plenum workshop on Social Robotics: 
Part I:
How to Develop Social Robotics Applications that Increase Human Welfare. Read more about the workshop


Thomas Toftegård, Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Presentation of the AU Social Robotics Lab

Marco Nørskov, Associate Professor, Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Aarhus University
The cultural dimension of social robotics (introduction to workshop)

Cathrine Hasse, Professor, Department of Education,  Aarhus University
Responsible Ethical Learning with Robots (The REELER Project)

Johanna Seibt, Professor MSO, Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Aarhus University
Integrative Social Robotics: New Tasks for the Humanities (The INSOR Project)

Nicolas Navarro, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Aarhus University
Socratic Adventure at the Museum (The SAM project) 

Hendrik-Jan Grievink,  The Next Nature Network

12.15Lunch and network
13.15 A taste of the theatre performance ROBOT DREAMS
13.45 Coffee and network
14.15 Plenum workshop on Social Robotics - part II: 
BioRoboRepro - mapping Robotic Reproductive Environments


Hendrik-Jan Grievink, Designer, The Next Nature Network:

Read more about the workshop
15.35Conference close by Professor Jørgen Elklit
15.45End of conference - see you in May 2019 for the MatchPoints Seminar

Please note, it is also possible to sign up for our MatchPoints evening event Thursday May 24 on Who Saves the Welfare: Volunteers or Robots? (this event will be in Danish - read more and register here