The course will be divided into two parts. A first part (33 hours) will briefly outline the history of robotics and will trace the significant elements of the state of the art on social robots. In this part, also the 5 directions of the research on social robotics will be analyzed. The first is the study of the social shaping of people’s imaginary on robots: cinema, television, press and science fiction literature offer a range of products on robots (from movies to TV series, from news reports to science fiction novels). Which kind of influence have these products on people’s imagination, starting from children? The second is the study of automation processes that are developing no longer only inside the factory, but also in the sphere of interpersonal relationships, communication and information, emotion and entertainment, and that constitute an important premise of social robotics. Then various hypotheses concerning the form and language of social robots and social issues to which they will or already are giving an answer, based on the results of empirical research available today will be analyzed. The third direction concerns the real diffusion of social robots in society: a quantification of how many robots exists at industrial and social level and a mapping of their diffusion in the various sectors of everyday life will be made. Education?
extent? Or do we prefer un robot that is recognizable as such? Or even we would like to develop the robotics of a medium that we already use, such as, for example, the mobile phone or the computer? The fifth direction concerns a very sensitive subject: the robotics in the human body through robotic prostheses, wearable robots, diagnosis or treatment robots. But robotics concerns also many things that are on the surface of the human body, such as, for example, robot clothes. In the second part of the course (30 hours) the conception, design and construction of a small robot with students will be pursued.