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Offered Workshops

  • Social Robot Intelligence for Social Human-Robot Interaction of Service Robots
  • Human Safety and Comfort in Human-Robot Interactive Social Environments
  • Modes of Interaction for Social Robots (MISR 2017): Postures, Gestures and Microinteractions
  • Religion in Robotics
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Social Robot Intelligence for Social Human-Robot Interaction of Service Robots


Service robots with social intelligence are coming to the human world, and they will help us to make our lives better. We are organizing an exciting workshop at ICSR that is oriented towards sharing the ideas of participants with diverse backgrounds ranging from robotics, machine learning, computer vision, social psychology, and Human-Robot Interaction design. The purpose of this special session is to explore how social robots can interact with humans socially and facilitate the integration of social robots.

This workshop will focus on the current advances in the area of social Human-Robot Interaction, social intelligence, social skills, and their applications including clinical evaluations. Papers are solicited on all areas directly related to these topics, including but not limited to:

  • Social perception and context awareness
  • Short/long-term behaviour recognition
  • Social expression and interactive behavior
  • Social task modelling and management
  • Ontology based decision making
  • User evaluation
  • Emotion recognition
  • Emotion model
  • Dialogue based interaction
  • Script language design
  • Human-robot interaction design
  • Healthcare applications
  • Receptionist applications
  • Education applications

Human Safety and Comfort in Human-Robot Interactive Social Environments


Service robots are becoming enabling assistive technologies as co-workers and helpers in human-robot interactive social environments. However, the first and the most challenging issue to deploy service robots in human populated environments is how to guarantee human safety and comfort in human-robot shared workspaces. Human physical safety is concerned with how to maintain the minimum physical distance between robots and human while human psychological safety implies that robots are not allowed to cause stress and discomfort to humans when working with or around them. Human risks and their inconveniences when working in an interactive social environment essentially come from unavoidable attack of the robots due to malfunctioning operations caused by either misunderstanding and misinterpreting information extracted from sensing and perception or failures of path planning and motion control. Hence, such functional components and their incorporation play crucial roles on securing human physical and psychological safety in human-robot interactive social environments.

This half-day workshop aims to create a forum for researchers who are interested in human safety and comfort in human-robot interactive social environments. We welcome open discussions on all aspects of guaranteeing human safety and comfort in human-robot interactive social environments with, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Current state of the art of human safety and comfort in human-robot interactive social environments
  • New hardware and software for human safety and comfort
  • System design and integration for human safety and comfort
  • Safety rules for human safety in human-robot shared workspaces (beyond the Proxemics – Hall’s model)
  • Human-robot interaction studies focusing on safety and comfort
  • Ethics for human safety and comfort
  • Human face and body detection and tracking
  • Human gesture and posture recognition
  • Human detection and tracking techniques
  • Human-object interaction detection and tracking
  • Human interacting group detection and tracking
  • Sensor fusion techniques to extract social cues and signals
  • Learning algorithms for interpretation of social signals and cues in contexts
  • Human aware robot navigation techniques
  • Human avoiding and approaching techniques
  • Human-robot interaction in proximities
  • Path planning and motion planning for mobile service robots in social environments
  • Robot navigation in dense human crowds
  • Control engineering applied for services mobile robots
  • Real-time control and optimization of robot operations in social environments
  • Applications of mobile service robots in social environments

Modes of Interaction for Social Robots (MISR 2017): Postures, Gestures and Microinteractions


MISR 2017 is a frontier workshop that is dedicated to create a taxonomy of gestures, postures and micro-interactions for social robots to sustain their social interactions with humans. The result will be a library of gestures, and for each gesture a textual and visual description. This workshop is focusing on small robotics; additional workshops will follow in order to build a database of modes of interaction for social robotics.

We would like to propose a half day workshop divided into two parts. In the first part three invited speakers will present some aspects of how to design and understand modes of interactions for social robots. In the second part the audience, together with the speakers and the organizers teams, are going to describe and film as many micro-interactions as possible with robots (provided by the organizers). A list of micro-interactions will be handled to each team (e.g. waiting position, listening position, handling an object, and so on). Each team will present their short films to find a common sense validation for each micro-interaction. The results of the workshop will be summarized and published on the website.

For this first edition of the workshop, the organizers will provide small robots (Nao robots) and technical support to operate the robots. The following three scenarios will be discussed with the audience:

  1. The first encounter with a small robot: what is a first encounter with a robot? How is it perceived by the user? How to make it smooth and satisfying?
  2. What is a robot doing when he does nothing? What is a robot that does nothing? How to make a difference between an idle robot and a robot that is turned off?
  3. Proxemics in HRI: What are the most adequate distance, approach angle, orientation for companion robots in different user cases – during a conversation, while waiting for new commands, reminding an event, handling and object, and so on?

Religion in Robotics


As robots are going to spread in human society, the study of their appearance becomes a critical matter when assessing robots performance and appropriateness for an application and for the employment in different countries, with different background cultures. Religion has been throughout history one of the main factors characterizing cultures, and there is a long history of intertwinements with automation. With the emerging robotic platforms and applications that involve religion, it is the right timing to face this potentially controversial topic. The objective of this workshop is to establish religion as a sub-field of Culturally-aware Robotics, by defining its theoretical background and its most relevant goals in today’s world.

The intended audience are roboticists and other scientists involved in the field of HRI and Social Robotics. The final panel discussion will involve all speakers and the audience to summarize the concepts and the new ideas.

List of topics:

  • Culturally-aware Robotics
  • Religions
  • Aesthetic design
  • RoboEthics
  • Humanness in Anthropology

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