Research Project

SECUROPS: User-centred Security Framework for Social Robots in Public Space


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Project Description

Social robots and other AI systems are increasingly becoming present in public spaces. In this SecuRoPS project, we will develop a user-centred security framework and investigate the challenges pertaining to the cybersecurity of autonomous social robots. The framework consists of a well-defined process, threat models, design principles, and guidelines, to manage the safety and security of social robots and AI systems. This will enhance safety, security, and privacy of citizens. The framework correspondingly offers reusable models or components that can be applied by robot developers, robot owners and other stakeholders to develop secure robots and to monitor and respond to security incidents. SecuRoPS will also addresses the aspects of sustainability by creating sustainable and innovative public spaces. In this connection, the project will deploy autonomous social robot, within real-world environment, to assist citizens/passengers taking the city ferry in Fredrikstad.

SecuRoPS is funded by the Research Council of Norway and has a budget of about 12 MNOK spread over three and half years.

- IFE (Coordinator)
- Østfold University College (HiØ)
- Fredrikstad Municipality
- Snø as
- Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (CSIC)

Project Publications

Journal Publications

  • S. Forgas, R. Huertas, A. Andriella and G. Alenyà. Social robot-delivered customer-facing services: an assessment of the experience. The Service Industries Journal, 43(3): 154-184, 2023.

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  • S. Forgas, R. Huertas, A. Andriella and G. Alenyà. Gendered human–robot interactions in services. International Journal of Social Robotics, 15(11): 1791-1807, 2023.

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  • E. Barbecho-Jimbo, D. Vallejo-Ramírez, J. Cobos-Torres, C. Angulo and C. Flores-Vázquez. Remote operation of CeCi social robot . Robotics, 12(1): 19, 2023.

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Conference Publications

  • A. Andriella, C. Torras and G. Alenyà. Implications of robot backchannelling in cognitive therapy, 14th International Conference on Social Robotics, 2022, Florence, Italy, Vol 13817 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 546–557.

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