Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science: "Techno-scientific Imaginaries of Socially Assistive Robots (SARs): A Comparative Study of How ‘Caring Machines’ Shape What It Means to Care"

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Description

Total funding amount: GBP 238,155.
Length: 3 years, from January 2022 to December 2024.
Funder: Wellcome Trust (London, UK, United Kingdom)
GRANT NUMBER: [223540/Z/21/Z]

The focus of my Fellowship, titled 'Caring Machines', is to trace the journey of AI and robotics innovation in care, from research laboratories to end-users, while highlighting the ethical considerations and embodied experiences associated with these technologies across different cultural contexts. Through this research, I aim to generate insights into how AI and robotic technologies in care are influenced by different ethical frameworks and views on the role and value of human care. 
To conduct the project, in 2022-2023 I carried out 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork in the UK and Japan, divided into two seven-month blocks in each country. This involved conducting 80 interviews with roboticists and end-users, as well as spending 40 weeks of participant observation in robotics laboratories.

Throughout the course of my Fellowship, I have established collaborations with the Alan Turing Institute, Edinburgh Informatics, Heriot-Watt University, National Robotarium, Bayes Centre, University of Tokyo, Waseda University, Tohoku University, Kyoto University, Osaka University, AIST, and RIKEN.
Short titleCaring Machines
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/2231/12/24

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