Information for Mining Automation Conference

Cultures of Robotics: Mining Automation





(1)      What is the study about?

This study is about people’s experience with and expectations about the introduction of remote-operated and autonomous systems in Australian mines.

(2)      Who is carrying out the study?

Dr Chris Chesher, Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.


(3)      What does the study involve?

We are conducting interviews with people who are interested in, or involved in, mining and mining automation.

Audio recording, video recording

I will usually record the interviews. Before I start recording I will make sure that you understand the research and your involvement. At the beginning of the interview recording I will ask you to acknowledge that you have given your ‘informed consent’ to the interview.

(4)      How much time will the study take?

Interviews will usually take between 10 and 30 minutes. The interviews are semi-structured, so the duration will depend upon how fully you answer the questions.


(5)      Can I withdraw from the study?

Yes. Participating in this study is completely voluntary. You are not under any obligation to consent. If you do consent, you can withdraw this consent at any time without affecting your relationship with The University of Sydney, or the Digital Cultures Program.

During an interview, you may stop at any time if you do not wish to continue. If you ask, the audio recording will be erased and the information provided will not be included in the study.

(6)      Will anyone else know the results?

Your personal details will be kept confidential, and your name will not be associated with your answers. I may use quotes from your interview transcript as part of my research. These quotes and paraphrased answers may be published in academic journal, academic conferences, and/or a book on the cultures of robotics.


(7)      Will the study benefit me?

You will not receive any direct benefit from participating.

(8)      Can I tell other people about the study?

You can tell others about the study.

(9)      What if I require further information?

When you have read this information, Chris Chesherwill discuss it with you further and answer any questions you may have.  If you would like to know more at any stage, please feel free to contact Chris Chesher, Digital Cultures Program, 02 9036 6173 or 0404095480 or


(10)    What if I have a complaint or concerns?

Please contact the Manager of the Human Ethics Administration at the University of Sydney (below).

(11)    Giving your permission

Before the start of the recording of the interview I will ask you to sign the consent form.

Any person with concerns or complaints about the conduct of a research study can contact The Manager, Human Ethics Administration, University of Sydney on +61 2 8627 8176 (Telephone); +61 2 8627 8177 (Facsimile) or (Email).

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