[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Social Robotics Workshop on Attention for Social Intelligence (deadline extended)

Rony Novianto rony at ronynovianto.com
Wed Sep 3 04:28:50 PDT 2014

Deadline Extended.


To be held at the 6th International Conference on Social Robotics
27th October
Sydney, Australia
attention at icsr2014.org

Social robots will not be accepted in society unless they exhibit social
intelligence. They will need cognitive capabilities that support social
intelligence. Research from various fields, including artificial
intelligence, robotics, computer vision, cognitive psychology, cognitive
science and neuroscience, provides crucial knowledge about such necessary
cognitive skills. However, further investigations are still required to
orchestrate these capabilities in order to achieve social intelligence.
Attention is known to play a crucial role in intelligence. It affects other
cognitive processes, including perception, action selection, decision
making, planning, memory, emotion and learning. It potentially provides a
mechanism for managing the cognitive capabilities required to achieve
social intelligence. Research on attention remains challenging in all
levels from visual perception to decision making and planning. This
workshop aims to examine the role of attention in social intelligence and
to foster the emergent area of attention in social robotics.

Invited Speaker
Prof. Giuseppe Boccignone
Associate Professor at University of Milan
Department of Computer Science
Analysis of Images and Vision Laboratory

Important dates
Full/Short paper submission: 15 September 2014 (extended)
Notification of acceptance: 22nd September 2014
Final camera-ready version: 6th October 2014
Workshop at ICSR 2014: 27th October 2014

Workshop format
The workshop will be organised around a set of presentations from selected
peer reviewed papers, with following discussions. A tutorial demonstration
of a social robot application will be provided during the progress of the
workshop. We expect a full-day workshop.

Submission guideline
Potential participants are invited to submit either a full-length technical
paper, a short position paper or extended abstract. Technical papers must
be no longer than 10 pages in length, including references and figures.
Short position paper and extended abstracts can be up to 3-4 pages in
length. We encourage the submission of papers on new and critical issues as
a way to start interesting conversations during the workshop. Videos and
multimedia material are also welcome.

Relevant topics
Contributions are sought in the following areas of research:

- Theories of computational attention
- Applications of attention in Social Robotics
- Computational architectures for attention
- Attentive control in robotic and cognitive systems
- Attention in reasoning, decision making and planning
- Social Attention, Social Referencing and Social Reputation
- The role of attention in empathy and Theory of Mind
- Attention in novel situations, surprise and anticipation
- Aspects of attention in curiosity, creativity, interestingness and
- Aspects of attention in memory
- Joint attention in human-robot interaction

Due to the diversity of disciplines engaging in this area, related
contributions in other fields are also welcome.

The papers accepted to the workshop (both full-length papers and short
position/abstract papers) will be published online on UTS ePRESS (

Workshop chairs
- Rony Novianto (University of Technology, Sydney)
- Jonathan Vitale (University of Technology, Sydney)

Program Committee
- Azizi Ab Aziz (University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia)
- Christian Balkenius (Lund University, Sweden)
- Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth, UK)
- Birger Johansson (Lund University, Sweden)
- Takayuki Kanda (ATR, Japan)
- Maxim Makatchev (JIBO, USA)
- Alberto Montebelli (Aalto University, Finland)
- ChungHyuk Park (New York Institute of Technology, USA)
- Junpei (Joni) Zhong (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Holder
Australian Endeavour Awards Holder

More information about the robotics-worldwide mailing list