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G.J.M. Kruijff and M. Janicek (2011)

Using Doctrines for Human-Robot Collaboration to Guide Ethical Behavior

In: Proceedings of the AAAI 2011 Fall Symposium Robot-human team-work in dynamic adverse environments, AAAI.

We consider human-robot teams as a socio-technological complex. Humans, robots, multi-modal interfaces are all tightly interwoven into a complex system. It is this system as a whole that acts, that brings about situation awareness, that achieves goals in reality. It is this system that ultimately needs to behave according to a set of rules that “we” consider to be “good.” Our goal in this paper is to see how we could build up a formal model of human-robot teaming, which would make it possible for a robot (1.) to use that model to track the social dynamics of the team; (2.) within that context, to contribute to a team behavior that is “good,” (and not, through action or inaction, move towards “bad” behavior); and, (3.) to make its actions fully accountable.