Exploring the Ethical Landscape of Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue

Maaike Harbers, Joachim de Greeff, Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Mark Neerincx, Koen Hindriks

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As robots are increasingly used in Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, it becomes highly relevant to study how SAR robots can be developed and deployed in a responsible way. In contrast to some other robot application domains, e.g. military and healthcare, the ethics of robot-assisted SAR are relatively under examined. This paper aims to fill this gap by assessing and analyzing important values and value tensions of stakeholders of SAR robots. The paper describes the outcomes of several Value Assessment workshops that were conducted with rescue workers, in the context of a European research project on robot-assisted SAR (the TRADR project). The workshop outcomes are analyzed and key ethical concerns and dilemmas are identified and discussed. Several recommendations for future ethics research leading to responsible development and deployment of SAR robots are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA World with Robots
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Robot Ethics: ICRE 2015
EditorsMaria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira, João Silva Sequeira, Mohammad Osman Tokhi , Endre Kadar, Gurvinder Singh Virk
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-46667-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-46665-1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2017
EventInternational Conference on Robot Ethics : ICRE 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 23 Oct 201524 Oct 2015

Publication series

Name Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)2213-8986


ConferenceInternational Conference on Robot Ethics


  • Roboethics
  • Search and rescue robotics
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Ethical concerns
  • Values
  • Value sensitive design


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