Social Robotics and digital technologies of care: ethics, professional identity and practice
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A public Symposium by the Centre for Research in the Social Professions (CriSP), Institute of Technology, Sligo, as part of EU Robotics Week 2017.
Friday 24 Nov 2017 (0900-1530), Aurivo Auditorium, Institute of Technology, Sligo. Symposium fee: €20 (inc. refreshments and lunch) Full-time students: free.
Across the world, governments, research institutes, major corporations and dynamic start-ups are investing billions of euros in the field of robotics. A major area is that of social robotics: robots that can exist alongside people as potential companions, carers or educators. Some of the world's most sophisticated and complex robots are of this type and new advances are being made daily.
What are the implications of such developments for those who are or will be working in the care of others, for those cared for, and for educators, regulators and Irish society as a whole?
As yet there are few people in Ireland asking – let alone answering – such questions. This Symposium is for care and health workers, service users, students, academics, policy-makers, designers and anyone interested in how present and future technologies of care may change all of our lives.
Speakers, many of whom have been directly involved in social robotics projects, will be drawn from Ireland, Denmark, Britain, the Netherlands and Norway. Through case studies and critical papers they will address issues of ethics, user perspectives, the future of the caring professions, benefits and drawbacks, potential futures and public fears. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation and discussion.
No knowledge of robotics technology is assumed or required!
The event is part of EU Robotics Week 2017 and contributes to CRiSP's ongoing research into the future of the social professions in Ireland and internationally.

Target audience
This Symposium is for care and health workers, service users, students, academics, policy-makers, designers and anyone interested in how present and future technologies of care may change all of our lives.
 
Institute of Technology, Sligo
Dr John Pender and/or Dr Perry Share
pender.john@itsligo.ie
 
Aurivo Lecture Theatre, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Ash Lane
F91 YW50 Sligo
Ireland
 
Robotic Coder Dojo & Educational Talk with Virtual Reality Demo
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Robotics and Drives have sponsored their local voluntary programming outreach CoderDojo to become the world's first Robotic Coder Dojo. The kids from Mullingar CoderDojo will be treated to a Virtual Reality demo from regional HEI Athlone Institute of Technology and a talk will be given about what robots can do by Robotic and Drives. Second-level students who have gained work experience via Robotics and Drives Transition Year programme will be in attendance to guide younger kids.

Target audience
Children of primary and second-level age accompanied by a registered parent/carer. This event is by pre-registration only. Contact maebh@rdservices.ie for entry.
 
Robotics and Drives Services
Maebh Coleman
maebh@rdservices.ie
 
Mullingar
Ireland
Westmeath
Ireland
 
EV3 Robotics Show & Tell
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See performing Lego Robotics!

Target audience
Primary School Children
 
School
deborah.merrigan3@mail.dcu.ie
 
St Augustine's NS
Galway
Galway
Ireland
 
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