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Autonomy vs. Safety in Shared Control Crowd Navigation

Eberle, H; Zhang, B; Mathibela, B; Walker, G; Teodorescu, C; Holloway, C; Carlson, T; (2020) Autonomy vs. Safety in Shared Control Crowd Navigation. In: Proceedings of the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Ro-Man 2020. 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Ro-Man 2020: Naples, Italy. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Shared control is a paradigm with great potential for increasing the autonomy of people who would otherwise struggle to use an electric powered wheelchair: by automatically handling tasks that the driver cannot, the wheelchair can ensure their safety and that of others when in shared spaces. However, imposing a uniform definition of safety on to wheelchair users runs the risk of actually diminishing their autonomy by removing their ability to assess risk and make decisions themselves. This issue is magnified in crowds, where one is responsible not only for one’s own safety, but also that of the other pedestrians. In this abstract we raise a number of related ethical issues that we have identified that are applicable to shared control in crowded spaces, as well as propose a framework for thinking about these issues.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Autonomy vs. Safety in Shared Control Crowd Navigation
Event: Robots from Pathways to Crowds: Ethical, Legal and Safety Concerns of Robots Navigating Human Environments, Workshop at Ro-Man
Location: Napoli, Italy
Dates: 31 August 2020 - 31 August 2020
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://crowdbot.eu/workshop-roman2020/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Ortho and MSK Science
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110531
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