Brown University Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative

Organization of Brown University faculty, students, and affiliates dedicated to robotics as a means to tackle the problems the world faces today.  Beyond pursuing the goal of technological advancement, we want to ensure that these advancements are applicable and beneficial economically and socially.  We are working across many disciplines to document the societal needs and applications of human-robot interaction research as well as the ethical, legal, and economic questions that will arise with its development.  Our research ultimately aims to help create and understand robots that coexist harmoniously with humans.

The HCRI unites Brown University faculty and students across numerous departments and schools who are dedicated to robotics as an innovative and societally beneficial technology. Common commitments include

  • identifying societal needs that robots can help fulfill
  • advancing science and technology of robots that fulfill these needs
  • studying and integrating into design the societal impact of robotic technologies, with a goal of averting labor replacement and privileged access to technology

Hosts the annual Societal Implications of Robotics Symposium (SIRoS).