[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CfP Special Issue on: *Robots for Learning* International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO), Springer

Wafa Johal wafa.johal at epfl.ch
Thu Dec 15 01:35:18 PST 2016


Call for papers
International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO), Springer
Special Issue on:

*Robots for Learning*


Guest Editors: Wafa Johal, Ginevra Castellano, Sandra Okita and Fumihide Tanaka
Contact: wafa.johal <atepfl.ch, ginevra.castellano<at>it.uu.se,
  okita<at>tc.columbia.edu and tanaka<at>iit.tsukuba.ac.jp

(you can download the CfP at: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__r4l.epfl.ch_IJSORO&d=DgIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Gc6Xujsq3TYYBduABa0miwVYg_Kouob_MIpWJ-C5wYU&s=kuiihvhUVKteEOAYvh6rmXSpefcspsjDNmmXi6HR17g&e= )

Important Dates
Submission of Manuscripts (deadline):.........01-March-17

Notification of Acceptance:..........................15-July-17

Submission of Final Paper:............................15-October-17

Final Acceptance:.........................................15-November-17

Publication:..................................................01-January -18

Research in Human-Robot interaction is being vastly applied to assist
humans in their everyday lives. Pertaining to this context is the
application of robots for educational purposes, which has been emerging
these past few years. Some robotic platforms have been developed for
educational purposes (i.e. Thymio, Lego Mindstorm).  These platforms are
mainly used in STEM. Several research projects have aimed to apply
social HRI to education and learning in order to influence other
disciplines such as languages or handwriting.

Robots have started to show a real potential as learning or teaching
assistants for children, the elderly or people with deficiencies. They
even show potential for individual adaptation for learning. Robots also
have the potential to enhance learning via kinesthetic
interaction. Social robots have shown that they can enable users to
improve their self-esteem and to provide adaptive empathic
feedback. Robots have even been shown to engage learners; to motivate
them in the learning task or to enhance collaboration in a
group. However, designing autonomous robotics agents able to adapt to
learners and to teachers is  a challenging research topic. The
integration of robots in curricula for teaching other topics than STEM
is in its infancy.

To address these challenges, researchers often need to take a
multidisciplinary approach including contributions from educational
sciences & didactic, pedagogy, developmental psychology, artificial
intelligence and HRI, among others.

With this special issue we aim at collecting an overview on empirical as
well as theoretical state-of-the-art research contributions on social
human-robot interaction in educational contexts. Therefore, the
International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO) invites researchers from
a wide range of disciplines, such as educational sciences and robotics,
cognitive sciences and  psychology, sociology, and philosophy etc. to
submit to the Special Issue.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
  * Adaptive mechanisms for robot tutors, personalization and adaptation
    algorithms for tutoring interactions

  * Theories and methods for tutoring (pedagogical and  language

  * Engagement in educational human-robot interaction

  * Gain in learning vs fun in learning with a robot

  * Kinesthetic and non-verbal communication in human-robot interaction

  * Attachment and learning with a social robot (social and cognitive

  * Impact of embodiment on learning

  * Shared knowledge and knowledge modelling in HRI

  * Technical innovation in learning or teaching robots

  * Long term learning interactions, design and methodologies for
    repeated human-robot encounters

  * Human-robot collaborative learning

  * Human-robot creativity

  * Design of autonomous systems for tutoring interactions

  * Privacy and ethical issues in robot tutoring applications

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Submission On-Line (10-14 pages including references):
SORO considers also accompanying multimedia material.

Description of the Journal, Aims and Scope, Authors' information:

Please submit the journal manuscripts by 01 March 2017.

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