IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2013
7 Nov 2013 Tokyo (Japan)


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The heart of the workshop lies in the concept of bottom up development of socially intelligent robots. For this, we need to identify the basic cognitive and behavioral blocks, which could facilitate the robot to develop more complex socio-cognitive intelligence. Hence, this first edition of the workshop, focusing on some of such basic blocks: reasoning about human, perspective taking, affordance, effort, social signal and their applications.

For robots to coexist with us in complete harmony, they should be able to explicitly reason about humans and develop socially expected and accepted behaviors. This requires the robot to understand the awareness and capabilities of the human. To develop such capabilities, from child developmental and human behavioral research, we can identify the key ingredients, such as the ability to distinguish between self and others and then reasoning about affordance, perspective, spaces, effort, social signal, etc. Researchers across the world are working to equip the robots with one or the other of these aspects, from diverse perspectives. However, what would really elevate the robot's socio-cognitive capabilities is the combination of such abilities. This would prompt new research challenges and the need of a coherent theory, models and architecture. This workshop aims at provoking some common brainstorming about the complex socio-cognitive applications and challenges that arise when such basic blocks should be functioning together. 

This workshop aims at bringing together the researchers across these diverse domains, at providing a forum to discuss these key aspects, their potential innovative applications, and at injecting into robotics elements from human behavioral and child developmental psychology.

The challenge is not only to identify the building blocks for developing socially intelligent robots, but also to place, glue and utilize them well from the robotics perspective. Further, we have to explore, how the robot equipped with such basic capabilities can develop itself as a social agent. 

Call for Papers

We are inviting papers, which are either directly addressing the aspects mentioned above or showing their application in the wider domain of Human Robot Interaction and Social Robotics. For example, grounding interaction, learning tasks, dynamic dialog building, developing or exhibiting cooperative and proactive behaviors, performing day-to-day human-interactive tasks, such as give, show, hide, or any other application, which is demonstrating the use of above mentioned key building blocks or their integration. 

Regular papers of 6-8 pages and short papers of 2-3 pages are invited. 

Papers should be formatted according to IROS 2013 Manuscript Preparation Guideline:

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There will be a post-workshop special issue in the International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR), Springer, for which the authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended and revised versions of their papers.

Topics of Interest (but not limited)

  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Socially Intelligent Robots
  • Developmental Robotics
  • Personal Robotics
  • Perspective Taking
  • Affordance Analysis
  • Effort Analysis
  • Theory of Mind
  • Social Learning
  • Human Centered Reasoning
  • Reasoning about Spaces around Human
  • Social Signal Processing
  • Gaze and Pointing
  • Reasoning for Sharing and Fetching Attention
  • Safety and Comfort Analyses
  • Human Models for HRI
  • Human Inspired Emotion Models
  • Situation Assessment in Human Environment
  • Interaction Grounding
  • Proactive Robot 
  • Cooperative Robot


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