[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] WORKSHOP at IROS 2013 - Towards social humanoid robots: what makes interaction human-like?

Alessandra Sciutti alessandra.sciutti at gmail.com
Mon Sep 16 04:03:06 PDT 2013



November 3, 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan Web site:


This workshop will take place on November 3, 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan
in the context of the 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent
Robots and Systems (IROS'13).		

--== Motivation and objectives ==--

During the last decades we have seen the emergence of increasingly
autonomous humanoids, capable of performing complex tasks in the human
environment. As these machines are meant to cooperate and to naturally
interact with humans, researchers have started to investigate what makes
robots to be perceived as human-like, in terms of their appearance, motor
skills, cognitive abilities, and how this human-likeness can affect social
human-robot interaction. 

The goal of this full-day workshop is to depict the current state of the art
concerning the development of social interaction skills in humanoid robots,
and to sketch the main challenges and future directions.

More specifically, we will try to answer the following questions:

-  what is human-likeness in humanoid robots?

- which are the aspects of human-likeness that are more relevant for

- should robots develop and learn in the same way as humans do in order to
be perceived as human-like?

- which aspects of the Uncanny Valley beyond the mere appearance should be
taken into consideration? Motor control? Cognitive abilities? Communication

- what are the aspects of human-human interaction that can/should be
implemented in the human-robot context?


We foster a multi-disciplinary discussion, which aims at understanding how
roboticists can take advantage of collaborations with psychologists,
primatologists, neuroscientists and anthropologists to realize humanoid
robots able to interact naturally with humans. Moreover, we are interested
in analyzing how different field of robotics can provide useful solutions to
realize robot behaviors that support a human-like human-robot interaction.
Therefore, we intend to bring together researchers from different robotics
fields, namely social robotics, humanoid robotics, cognitive developmental
robotics, robot design, motor learning and control, in order to stimulate an
interesting discussion about how human-like social interaction can be
achieved in humanoid robots, by considering the different aspects that
co-exist in the creation of such complex machines.

--== Invited speakers ==--

Human sciences

+ Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi (social behaviors in primates and humans) Nadia 
+ Berthouze (human body movements, emotions, communication) Thierry 
+ Chaminade (social cognitive neuroscience)

Humanoid robots

+ Atsuo Takanishi (emotion expressive humanoids, walking humanoids) 
+ Giulio Sandini (cognitive humanoids)

Social and cognitive robotics, motor control

+ Takayuki Kanda (human-robot interaction, communication robot) Yukie 
+ Nagai (developmental robotics, human-robot joint attention and
+ Francesco Nori	(optimal control for human-like movements)

--== Submission guidelines ==--
The workshop will also feature a poster session. Prospective participants
are required to submit an extended abstracts (2-4 pages in length),
optionally accompanied by a small video. Late-breaking results are
Submissions must be in pdf, following the IEEE conference style
Please check the IEEE RAS Manuscript Preparation Guidelines before
submitting your manuscript:
Send your manuscript (and optionally a small video) to
lorenzojamone at gmail.com, indicating [IROS 2013 Workshop] in the subject.

All submissions will be carefully reviewed by the workshop organizers, for
relevance to the topic of the workshop, as well as scientific merit. Upon
available time, selected contributions may have the opportunity to be
presented in the oral session. The other selected contributions will be
presented as posters during a dedicated session. The authors will also have
the opportunity to introduce their posters with a 1-minute "teaser" oral

Depending on the overall quality of the contributions, we might consider
proposing a Special Issue to the Journal of Social Robotics (SPRINGER), in
which extended versions of the submitted manuscripts might be included.

The submission must include 1 question to the invited speakers (and to the
audience in general) and 1 answer to one of the questions indicated above,
in the Motivation and objectives paragraph. Upon available time, (some of)
those questions/answers will be used to "drive" a final discussion. At least
1 answer to one of these questions should also appear in the poster

--== Important dates ==--

    September 22, 2013 : Extended abstracts submission deadline
    October 7, 2013    : Notification of acceptance
    November 3, 2013   : Workshop

--== Organizers ==--	
- Lorenzo Jamone, Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica, Instituto Superior
Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal.

- Alessandra Sciutti, Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences,
Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy.

- Francesco Nori, Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences,
Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy.

- Alexandre Bernardino, Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica, Instituto Superior
Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal.

- Giulio Sandini, Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences,
Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy.  

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