[robotics-worldwide] RSS2011: Tutorial on Designing Social Behavior for Robots

Selma Sabanovic selmas at indiana.edu
Wed May 25 07:49:09 PDT 2011

*Tutorial on Designing Social Behavior for Robots at RSS2011*

Date: June 27, 2011 (full day)
Place: USC in Los Angeles, California
RSS (Robotics: Science and Systems) 2011
**Early registration ends on June 1, 2011*

-- Tutorial Description --

This full-day tutorial introduces participants to theories and methods from
the social sciences that are useful for designing and evaluating socially
interactive robots. To assist people socially and physically, robots must be
able to understand and respond appropriately to human social behaviors, to
effectively employ social and communicative cues, and to be aware of and
responsive to different social norms and contexts. Furthermore, their
success depends on the users’ subjective experience and opinion, as well as
on objective metrics.  We describe relevant theories from the social
sciences that can guide robot design, useful methodological approaches
including ethnography for studying robots in the context of use and
experimental design for investigating specific mechanisms of social
interaction, and the development of computational models for translating
knowledge from social theory and empirical observations into robot
behavior.  The tutorial will include hands-on activities and lectures on
relevant theories of social behavior, methodologies for collecting empirical
data about social interaction, and ways to evaluate robots in real-world
social settings.

-- Tutorial Website--


-- Tutorial Organizers --

Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://bilgemutlu.com/)
Selma Sabanovic, Indiana University Bloomington (

-- Important Dates --

Early registration by June 1, 2011
Tutorial: June 27, 2011

If you are planning on attending the tutorial but are not going to be
registering early, please let us know by emailing Bilge Mutlu at
bilge at cs.wisc.edu or Selma Sabanovic at selmas at indiana.edu. This will help
us in planning for the tutorial.

We look forward to seeing you at RSS2011!

Selma Šabanović, PhD
Assistant Professor of Informatics
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
901 E. 10th Street Rm. 265, Bloomington, IN 47408
office: (812) 856-0386; fax: (812) 856-1995
web: http://informatics.indiana.edu/selmas

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