[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: Evaluating Social Robots @IAS-13

Salvatore Anzalone anzalone.s at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 03:35:57 PDT 2014

Workshop at the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous
*July 18, 2014, Padova*


Apologies for multiple copies


Developing robotic creatures able to communicate and interact in a
human-like way with people as reliable and cooperative partners is the main
topic of social robotics. From therapeutic robots  to entertainment robots,
from face to face interactions in controlled laboratory conditions to the
engagement of many people in public spaces, over the last few years
scientists focused on the use of social robots in various and realistic
scenarios, facing several challenges.

All those experiences, however, have shown how the development of a
human-like social intelligence cannot be solely approached from a pure
engineering perspective. Psychology, social sciences and developmental
sciences assume here a main role in the arising of such kind of human-like
robots. In this regard, the evaluation of the social robot interaction
becomes particularly challenging because it cannot be reduced to a classic
evaluation of the employed algorithms.

Conversely, this data should be integrated with information regarding the
quality of the interaction and its human-likeness. Main questions are: is
the robot able to express social intelligence? How does its particular
physical embodiment influence the perception of social intelligence in
humans? Which verbal and non-verbal behaviors does a social robot need to
express in order to improve its perceived intelligence? How can such
parameters be assessed in a quantitative way?

The aim of this workshop is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration
between technical and social scientists to join expertise on social robots
and their deployment in everyday life. Equally important is the goal to
stimulate the emergence of a common language and shared frameworks
including tools, techniques and metrics for a more complete and replicable
evaluation of social robots.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Social robots design
- Embodied cognition, androids, humanoids and other physical embodiments
- Human-robot interaction measures and interaction efficiency metrics
- Joint activities, social cooperation cues and mutual responsiveness
- Engagement, acceptability, likeability and perceived intelligence
- Verbal, non-verbal communication and backchannels
- Timing and coordination
- Multi-party interaction in public spaces
- Social cognition and collaborative cognition
- Cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral responses
- Kinesthetic teaching
- Personal space and proxemics
- Media equation theory and social robots
- Personhood and personalization
- Robotiquette

Invited Speakers (confirmed)

Friederike Eyssel - CITEC - Bielefeld University - Germany
Serena Ivaldi - Technical University of Darmstadt - Germany
Hiroko Kamide - Osaka University - Japan

Important Dates

-   1/05/2014 : Paper submission deadline
-   1/06/2014 : Notification of paper acceptance
-  15/06/2014 : Final paper versions due
- *18/07/2014*: Workshop as part of the IAS-13 Conference, at Congress
Centre ‘Papa Luciani’, Padova, Italy.


We accept submissions in IEEE Conference proceedings style format limited
to 6 pages:

Full six-page paper submissions will be selected for either an oral
presentation or a poster presentation.
Two-page poster abstract submissions will be selected to encourage
The posters will have a 1 minute "teaser" presentation.

Submissions for Full Papers are due on 1/05/2014. Send your paper to
workshop.ias13-esr at isir.upmc.fr with the title [IAS13 Workshop: Evaluating
Social Robots]. All contributions will be subject to blind peer review by a
minimum of two independent experts in the field. Notifications will be
issued on 1/06/2014.


- Salvatore M. Anzalone - ISIR-UPMC - France
- Yuichiro Yoshikawa - Osaka University - Japan
- Sofiane Boucenna - UPMC - ISIR-UPMC - France
- Fabio Dalla Libera - Osaka University - Japan


The workshop will include invited talks, as well as oral presentations of
contributed papers and poster presentation.

Workshop schedule will be soon published at:


Please contact workshop.ias13-esr at isir.upmc.fr with any questions.

Salvatore Maria Anzalone, Ph.D.
* Institut Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique
* Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

E-Mail: Salvatore Anzalone <anzalone.s at gmail.com>
Skype: anzalone.s
Mobile Phone (it): +39-3491073838

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