Conference Papers  |    |  November 26, 2015

A Construction Manual for Robots’ Ethical Systems: Requirements, Methods, Implementations

Book of conference papers presented at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
Edited by Robert Trappl.
Published by Springer.
210 pages.

This book will help researchers and engineers in the design of ethical systems for robots, addressing the philosophical questions that arise and exploring modern applications such as assistive robots and self-driving cars. The contributing authors are among the leading academic and industrial researchers on this topic, and the book will be of value to researchers, graduate students, and practitioners engaged with robot design, artificial intelligence, and ethics.

Series: Cognitive Technologies.

Table of Contents

  • Robots’ Ethical Systems: From Asimov’s Laws to Principlism, from Assistive Robots to Self-Driving Cars — Robert Trappl


  • Robot: Multiuse Tool and Ethical Agent — Brigitte Krenn
  • Towards Human–Robot Interaction Ethics — Sabine Payr
  • Shall I Show You Some Other Shirts Too? The Psychology and Ethics of Persuasive Robots — Jaap Ham, Andreas Spahn


  • Ethical Regulation of Robots Must Be Embedded in Their Operating Systems — Naveen Sundar Govindarajulu, Selmer Bringsjord
  • Non-monotonic Resolution of Conflicts for Ethical Reasoning — Jean-Gabriel Ganascia
  • Grafting Norms onto the BDI Agent Model — Mihnea Tufiş, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia


  • Constrained Incrementalist Moral Decision Making for a Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture — Tamas Madl, Stan Franklin
  • Case-Supported Principle-Based Behavior Paradigm — Michael Anderson, Susan Leigh Anderson
  • The Potential of Logic Programming as a Computational Tool to Model Morality — Ari Saptawijaya, Luís Moniz Pereira