The research agenda of SOCRATES integrates seven main disciplines spanning STEM fields to social sciences; from traditionally technical disciplines such as robot embodiment and control to areas which support human interaction such as visual learning and language processing, to cognitive modeling which enables more high level human-robot cooperation, and finally to areas which bridge from individual to society via behavioral research and public policy. Unlike typical programs in human-centered robotics, our program goes beyond human-robot interaction to robot-society interactions with an overarching goal of enhancing life for both the individual and society.