Verification Methodology of Ethical Compliance for Users, Researchers and Developers of Personal Care Robots

  • Carina Dantas
  • Pedro Balhau
  • Ana Jegundo
  • Luís Santos
  • Christophoros Christophorou
  • Cindy Wings
  • João Quintas
  • Eleni Christodoulou
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 570)


Demographic change is boosting the use of assistive technologies, like Personal Care Robots (PCR), in elderly care. However, the legislation and guidelines for the development of PCR is still fragmented and structured tools and procedures are required. This article presents a proposal for a Verification Methodology for Ethical Compliance in robotic platforms development. Differently from other projects and publications, it does not devote itself to discourse on ethical and moral issues itself but in suggesting a structured method to approach these issues, facilitating an integrated and holistic approach that can ensure more adjusted and fruitful outcomes. This methodology works around a constellation of actors - researchers, developers and end-users – that were involved in all different phases of its development and should also intervene in its enforcement.


Ethics Privacy and security Deontology Robotic platform Personal care robot Verification methodology Active and healthy ageing 



This work is partially supported by the GrowMeUp project, funded by the European Commission within the H2020-PHC-2014, (Grant Agreement: 643647).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carina Dantas
    • 1
  • Pedro Balhau
    • 1
  • Ana Jegundo
    • 1
  • Luís Santos
    • 2
  • Christophoros Christophorou
    • 3
  • Cindy Wings
    • 4
  • João Quintas
    • 1
    • 5
  • Eleni Christodoulou
    • 3
  1. 1.Cáritas Diocesana de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Universidade de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.Citard Services Ltd.NicosiaCyprus
  4. 4.ZuyderlandSittard-GeleenNetherlands
  5. 5.Instituto Pedro NunesCoimbraPortugal

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