IV Escuela de Verano: «Casi Humanos: Robótica, Salud y CTS»

La Sociedad Italiana de Estudios de Ciencia y Tecnología en colaboración con el Departamento de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales y el Departamento de Matemáticas e Informática de la Universidad de Catania está organizando su 4ª Escuela de Verano, «Casi Humanos: Robótica, Salud y CTS», se celebrará en Catania del 5 al 9 de julio de 2017. Fecha límite para el envío de solicitudes: 15 de junio de 2017.

Goals and main topics

Robotics in its various applications and research fields (work, leisure, medicine, care, education, military use, etc.) emerges as a set of technological innovations designed to have a disruptive impact on the economy, politics, and society. Technological artifacts pervasively permeate different spheres of personal and professional life, reconfiguring the relationship between humans and humans and artifacts. Robots, in their various forms, are a presence which calls/solicits our attention. After colonizing factories and research laboratories, robots, humanoid or animal, dispersed in our technological environments as meta-media (the chatbot, for example), or as professionals of care, are already living among us, populating our cities, inhabiting our homes, taking care of us, and even observing what we do. Consequently, the development of robotics raises new questions in a great number of ethical, legal, social and anthropological issues.

The STS Italia Summer School aims to address the challenges posed by recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence through a variety of approaches, theoretical frameworks and methodological insights. PhD students and early career researchers in Science and Technology Studies (STS) are invited to participate in a joint reflection that will try to trace some interdisciplinary interpretative frameworks and to propose a space of exchange between social sciences and scientific research.

A particular attention will be given to the role of robotics in the field of health and care. We would like to question the relationship between technological innovation and new practices, or relationships, of care; to question the professional reconfigurations and skills modified by the introduction of assistive technological devices to the cure gesture (surgery, for example) and care practices (in homes and hospitals); to highlight the different concepts of care receivers and care givers that emerge in the contexts of innovation and in always singular and specific contexts of practices and everyday life (prosthetics, assistive robotics, etc.). These issues can be addressed more politically and institutionally (issues of surveillance, infrastructures, social, economic and research policies); at an intermediate level, in the boundaries between private and public sector (in particular as regards the transfer of skills and practices between place of cure ? hospital – and place o
 f life – home); at individual level in familiar and professional relationships of care. A question that surely crosses the technological, sociological, institutional and ethical aspects is the concept of autonomy (of person, of patient, of devices, of familiar or professional collectives), which increasingly includes the human and non-human relationship in its definition, in particular in the healthcare field.

This summer school introduces participants to major approaches, exploring new research frontiers and emerging themes under ethical, cultural and socio-technical perspectives:

Autonomy (of technological devices, of person, of systems), which includes the notion of enable/disable, empowerment, accessibility, dependency;

Robotics in works contexts (in particular in healthcare);

Human/non human relationship (in particular in healthcare, which includes non human


Imaginaries of the body, the machine, the hybrid (cyborg);

Ethical and legal approaches;

Technological innovation in healthcare: state of the art, perspectives, problems;

Epistemological and theoretical approaches to robotics and AI;

Technological innovation in healthcare and disabilities and gender studies;

Confirmed speakers

Nathanael Jarasse (ISIR Paris)

Louis Neven (Avans University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands)

Giovanni Muscato (University of Catania, Italy)

Fiorella Operto (Scuola di Robotica and CNR, Genoa, Italy)

Michael Schillmeier (University of Exeter, GB)

Bruno Siciliano (University of Naples, Italy)

Guglielmo Tamburrini (University of Naples, Italy)

How to apply

The application form is available here. After space for personal details, the form includes a place to upload a short scientific CV (maximum 2 pages) and a statement of interest (maximum 500 words), which should describe the applicants current research and its relevance to the aims of the summer school. Finally, a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) is mandatory only for scholarship applications.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Summer School Organizing Committee at: summerschool@stsitalia.org <mailto:summerschool@stsitalia.org>. Applications deadline is June 15th.

Important dates

June 15th, 2017: Applications deadline.

June 25th, 2017: Notification for participation and for scholarship eligibility.

July 10th, 2017: Registration deadline.

For any further questions regarding the school not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee via email at summerschool@stsitalia.org <mailto:summerschool@stsitalia.org>.

Más información en: http://www.stsitalia.org/?p=1787


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