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The Ninth International Conference on Social Robotics

November 22nd to 24th, 2017, Tsukuba, Japan

The Ninth International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017) brings together researchers and practitioners working on the interaction between humans and robots and on the integration of robots into our society. The theme of the 2017 conference is embodied interactive robots.

Robots will improve quality of human life through assistance, enabling for instance independent living or providing support in work-intensive, difficult and possibly complex situations. The conference aims to foster discussion on the development of computational models, robotic embodiments, and behaviour that enable social robots to have an impact on the degree of personalised companionship with humans.

The conference welcomes original contributions describing technically rigorous scientific and philosophical advances in the area of social robotics: innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, novel applications on the latest fundamental advances in the core technologies that form the backbone of social robotics, distinguished developmental projects, as well as seminal works in aesthetic design, ethics and philosophy, studies on social impact and influence pertaining to social robotics, and its interaction and communication with human beings and its social impact on our society.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Affective and cognitive sciences for socially interactive robots
  • Context awareness, expectation, and intention understanding
  • Control architectures for social robotics
  • Human augmentation, rehabilitation, and medical robots
  • Interaction and collaboration among robots, humans, and environments
  • Personal robots for the home
  • Robot applications in education, entertainment, and gaming
  • Robot ethics in human society
  • Robots that can adapt to different users
  • Robots to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities
  • Robots with personality
  • Safety in robots working in human spaces
  • Socially assistive robots to improve quality of life
  • Social acceptance and impact in the society
  • Socially appealing design methodologies

The Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017) will be published by Springer International Publishing as part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series (LNAI).

Selected papers will be invited for publication as a Special Issue in the International Journal of Social Robotics (Fall 2018).

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Takanori Shibata, Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan) and creator of the social robot PARO, will be talking about the Neurological Therapeutic Medical Robot, PARO, for Non-Pharmacological Therapy and its Clinical Evidence.

Dr. Takayuki Kanda, Senior Research Scientist at ATR Intelligent Robotics & Communication Labs. will be talking about Social robots in public space.


Softbank Robotics

Important dates

Special Session proposal submission

July 21, 2017

Special Session proposal notification

July 25, 2017

Workshop proposal submission

July 25, 2017

Workshop proposal notification

July 31, 2017

Paper submission (Regular & Special)

July 31, 2017

Paper notification

August 22, 2017

Final camera-ready paper submission

September 5, 2017

Competition submission

September 10, 2017

Competition notification

September 22, 2017


November 22-24, 2017

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