Wording Robotics

Discourses and Representations on Robotics

  • Jean-Paul Laumond
  • Emmanuelle Danblon
  • Céline Pieters

Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 130)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mark Hunyadi
    Pages 59-69
  3. Jennifer Keating, Illah Nourbakhsh
    Pages 71-79
  4. Céline Pieters, Emmanuelle Danblon, Jean-Paul Laumond
    Pages 81-90
  5. Gentiane Venture, Dominique Lestel
    Pages 91-99
  6. Jairo Perez-Osorio, Agnieszka Wykowska
    Pages 119-136
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 137-156

About this book


Robots challenge humans’ beliefs and expectations. Hence, regardless of whether they are the audience of a conference, the visitors of a lab, the citizens in general, some journalists, or the European Parliament, the first step in order to gain a better understanding of the field of robotics is obviously to consult the experts. Roboticists seem indeed to be in the best position to guide society in this matter, whether it is in the everyday life or within an official institution. Today however, there is a gap between the robots, as they are actually thought and built, and the intelligent and autonomous machines, as they are perceived by the society.

How can we explain it? Do the words borrowed from the living organisms and used to describe robots play a role in the confusion about the status of the discipline of robotics? The texts gathered within this book focus on the problematic of wording robotics from various perspectives. They are the results of a unique interdisciplinary meeting gathering roboticists, linguists, philosophers and neuroscientists, the 4th Workshop of Anthropomorphic Motion Factory held at LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse on Nov 31st - Dec 1st 2017.


Robotics Autonomous systems Rethoric and robotics Perception of robotics Understanding of robotics Societal impact of robotics Lexicon of robotics implications of robot actions Representation of robot actions humanoid robotics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Paul Laumond
    • 1
  • Emmanuelle Danblon
    • 2
  • Céline Pieters
    • 3
  1. 1.LAAS-CNRSToulouseFrance
  2. 2.ULB, Service de LinguistiqueBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.LAAS-CNRSToulouseFrance

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