Are you interested in designing robots with ethics in mind?
We are calling all roboticists, philosophers, designers, and engineers!
Join the 2022 ICRA Roboethics Competition to contribute to the frontier of robot ethics research and for a chance to win cash prizes!
You don’t need to be a roboticist/programmer or travel to ICRA 2022 to participate.
Why is this important?
Robot ethics poses some of the greatest challenges in interactive robot designs. In many cases, humans navigate ethical and social situations with ease, whereas it may be much more difficult for a robot. For example, if a child asks a robot to fetch his/her parent's credit card, what should the robot be programmed to do? This competition will challenge you to think about ethics as concrete design considerations that can be implemented as interactive robot behaviours.
What you'll do as a participant (or participating team):
Participating teams can choose to participate in one or both (proposal & hackathon) components of the competition.
Design Proposals (Online submission): Before ICRA 2022: participants will be presented with a scenario involving a robot that must be programmed to interact with people around it while considering possible ethical challenges. Participants will be asked to submit a design proposal (no code/programming needed) outlining how a robot should be programmed to behave and what design implications they've considered. The goal of the proposal is to convince a technical audience to implement the proposed ideas during ICRA. Details of the Ethics Challenge to be tackled are available here.
Implementation Hackathon (hybrid): Anyone with programming skills is invited to choose from the submitted design proposals and create a software implementation of one of the proposals. The hackathon will take place on May 25th with the goal of delivering a prototype. Details of the hackathon are available here.
April 13th: Competition scenario launched April 20th: Competition Webinar (check out the webinar recording here)
May 16th: Design proposal submissions due
May 25th: Hackathon day (code submissions due end of day)
May 27th: Competition awards ceremony & panel discussion
How we will communicate
Once you've signed up with your interest to participate, we will keep you posted via email as well as our competition website.
Our webinar recording (with audience Q&A) is now available.
For any questions, please contact us at email@example.com