Student Papers  |    |  March 2, 2010

Code of Ethics for Robotics Engineers

Student conference paper by Brandon Ingram, Daniel Jones, Andrew Lewis, Matthew Richards, Charles Rich and Lance Schachterle. Presented at the 5th ACM/IEEE international conference on human-robot interaction.

Abstract:

The future of robotics engineering is in the hands of engineers and must be handled to ensure the safety of all people and the reputation of the field. We are in the process of developing a code of ethics for professional robotics engineers to serve as a guideline for the ethical development of the field. This document contains the current version of this code and describes the methodology used in developing it.

I. Introduction
Professional engineers in disciplines such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science have professional codes of ethics to provide guidance in their decision making. Robotics engineers are often able to find guidance from existing ethical codes, but also face unique ethical challenges, largely due to the combination of the autonomy of their creations and their creation’s ability to interact directly with their environment, especially with humans. For this reason, we are in the process of developing a code of ethics for robotics engineers to help address their unique issues . . .

The code is included in the Ethics Codes Collection: http://ethics.iit.edu/ecodes/node/4391