Robotics encompasses a broad range of academic disciplines including engineering, biology, neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence. It is a significant area of emerging science, and one where views regarding fact and fiction are particularly confused. The ‘Talking Robots’ project has two aims;

  • To investigate existing public attitudes to robotic technologies and their potential social impacts
  • To examine engagement strategies and their effectiveness, using robotics engagement events as examples.

How do individuals view robotics research? What are particular public concerns about robotic technologies? What are the reactions to engagement? 'Talking Robots' will utilise the ‘Walking with Robots’ network, an existing series of events generated by prominent UK-based roboticists and science communicators. Participant reactions to a series of at least ten engagement events with a robotic focus will be studied. Structured in-depth observations will be supported by video recordings of each of the engagement events examining both verbal and non-verbal communication. Interviews with both audience members and engagement providers (science communicators, presenters and/or roboticists) will examine the perceptions of both towards the engagement experience.



‘Younger people have like more of an imagination, no offence’ : participant perspectives on public engagement

Author: Clare Wilkinson Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

'Oh yes, robots! : people like robots : the robot people should do something' : perspectives and prospects in public engagement with robotics

Author: Clare Wilkinson Date: 01 September 2010 Journal article

Talking robots : examining strategies for engaging publics with robotics

Author: Clare Wilkinson Date: 13 February 2009 Other output

What can social science research do for science communication

Creator: Karen Bultitude Date: 13 February 2009 Seminar/workshop

Evaluating evaluation, what makes evaluation effective

Creator: Karen Bultitude Date: 13 February 2009 Seminar/workshop

Science communication as a profession : training needs and future directions

Creator: Karen Bultitude Date: 13 February 2009 Seminar/workshop

So what is “engagement” anyway?

Creator: Karen Bultitude Date: 13 February 2009 Seminar/workshop

The enhancement & enrichment agenda

Creator: Karen Bultitude Date: 13 February 2009 Seminar/workshop

Social science research - expanding user engagement : does involvement end at the research commissioning process?

Creator: Karen Bultitude Date: 13 February 2009 Seminar/workshop

Talking robots : a critical examination of strategies for public engagement

Creator: Emily Dawson Date: 13 February 2009 Presentation/lecture

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Talking robots : examining public engagement with emerging robotic technologies

Creator: Clare Wilkinson Date: 13 February 2009 Presentation/lecture

Talking robots : a critical examination of strategies for public engagement with robotic technologies

Author: Emily Dawson Date: 13 February 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Talking robots : a critical examination of strategies for public engagement with robotic technologies – an update

Author: Emily Dawson Date: 13 February 2009 Conference paper/presentation

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Full research report

Author: Clare Wilkinson Date: 10 December 2008 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Clare Wilkinson Date: 10 December 2008 Research summary

Start date
31 March 2007
End date
30 August 2008
Grant holder
Dr Clare Wilkinson
Co-applicants
Dr Karen Bultitude
Grant amount
£76,549.47
Grant reference
RES-000-22-2180
Discipline
Sociology
Grant type