Who are they key players?
Key player #1 (name, affiliation)
Why are they key player?
Key player #2 (name, affiliation)
Amanda Sharkey & Noel Sharkey
Aimee Van Wynsberghe
Anderson & Anderson paper on ML applied to pill taking reminder system based on prev. medical ethics
Privacy, consent, law
What are the major areas of studies?
Childcare and senior care divided but treated as overlapping topics.
Merges with child education robotics
Bryson, J., (2010) “Why Robot Nannies Probably Won't Do Much Psychological Damage.” A commentary on an article by Sharkey and Sharkey, The Crying Shame of Robot Childcare Companions, in Interaction Studies 11(2):196-200.
Role of robotics in autism research
Kerstin Dautenhahn & Maha Salem
Socially assistive robots
Paro use in care homes
Another study by a danish group re: senior care
Ageing population issue as major motivator
Cynthia Breazeal and her group
Jacqueline Kory Westlund
See the list of papers on m Mendeley List
See Robot Ethics book by Lin et al.
What are the existing best practices or guidelines with regards to care robotics and ethics?
Interestingly, IEEE Global Initiative isn't covering this, but we have a "Well-being" committee that probably overlaps. Briefly discussed in the Affective Computing committee at the initiative.
None other established and practiced that I know of. Discussions have been brought up before (see Riek's paper on Ethical Principles for HRI practitioners) as individual academic papers. See also the mendeley
ISO standard for personal care non-medical robots: 13482 (2014)
Anything important that I have not asked?
I'm not up to date on care robotics domain as of 2015
Medical robotics & care robotics has a divide. Medical ethics and care robot ethics also has a divide.