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New Article Published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine

New Publication Available in Prestigious Robotics Journal. Author: Christoph Lutz

Christoph Lutz, together with co-authors Heike Felzmann (NUI Galway), Eduard Fosch-Villaronga (University of Leiden) and Aurelia Tamo-Larrieux (University of Zurich), recently published the article Robots and Transparency: The Multiple Dimensions of Transparency in the Context of Robot Technologies in the prestigious IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (2018 Impact Factor of 4.250). In the article, the authors look at the transparency requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and problematize its application in the context of social and assistive robots. Based on a review of interdisciplinary literature in law, robotics and ethics, the article shows that transparency-in-theory and transparency-in-practice diverge, and that simplistic notions of transparency-as-information might not do justice to complex technologies such as assistive robotics. The article can be found here. A follow up article, looking at transparency in artificial intelligence more broadly, is forthcoming in Big Data & Society