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Fiscal Year: 2021

177  University of North Texas  (84473)

Principal Investigator: West,Ruth

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 182,110

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: - 8/31/23

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Design

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Col of Vis Arts & Design

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Collaborative Research: NRI: FND: Grounded Reasoning about Robot Capabilities for Law and Policy

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Science Foundation

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences


Effective alignment of law and policy with evolving capabilities of robots and autonomous systems is crucial to the ubiquitous implementation of co-robots in all areas of human endeavor. A recognized challenge is the lack of a specification language and scenario planning tools for translating rapidly evolving technological capabilities into existing legal/policy frameworks. This results in a legal and policy bottleneck to the societal adoption of ubiquitous co-robots. The research focuses on 1) the development a specification language useful for robotics and autonomous systems development as well as law and policy, and 2) development of interactive tools to enable reasoning about the capabilities of robots and autonomous systems by legal and policy experts. This specification language and reasoning toolkit is designed to evolve simultaneously with rapid changes in technology within the context of existing legal frameworks. This research will involve full day, interactive workshops involving a small number of law and policy and robot experts working together to produce case studies. These will be evaluated using educational workshops involving a mix of law and policy and robotics students. In addition to the case studies and training materials, guidelines will be produced on how to design these and how to run a case -generation workshop.

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