Ethics: What is the Research Scenario in the LARS/SBR/WRE?

  • Luiz Paulo Carvalho UFRJ
  • Jonice Oliveira UFRJ
  • Flávia Maria Santoro UERJ


Robotics is a recurring and widely present theme in computational ethics. Despite specific problems or pessimistic views about robots and robotics, such as security problems or the risk of human unemployment, there are several advantages, improvements, and positive aspects. The Latin American Robotics Symposium (LARS) is the largest conference dedicated to robotics in Latin America, held jointly with the Brazilian Robotics Symposium (SBR) and the Workshop of Robotics in Education (WRE). The focus is to advance the robotic academic-scientific research and aggregate the robotic community members, strengthening this network. In this paper, we present a broad and in-depth overview of ethical aspects through LARS/SBR/WRE publications to answer this research question: how has ethics been addressed in LARS, SBR, and WRE papers published in the last decade (2012-2021)? We followed a widely used Systematic Literature Review method to ensure methodological rigor. After analyzing the results, we noticed a low occurrence of ethical aspects, but the reflections are fruitful and rich in the publications where they occur. There are plenty of research opportunities involving ethics and robotics, positioning LARS/SBR/WRE at the forefront of this discussion.
Palavras-chave: Ethics, Systematics, Statistical analysis, Conferences, Education, Reflection, Unemployment, Robotics, Metascience, LARS/SBR/WRE
CARVALHO, Luiz Paulo; OLIVEIRA, Jonice; SANTORO, Flávia Maria. Ethics: What is the Research Scenario in the LARS/SBR/WRE?. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE ROBÓTICA E SIMPÓSIO LATINO AMERICANO DE ROBÓTICA (SBR/LARS), 19. , 2022, São Bernardo do Campo/SP. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2022 . p. 13-18.