A full-day workshop hosted at IEEE RO-MAN 2017, Lisbon, PORTUGAL


The aim of this workshop is to present rigorous scientific advances on social interaction and multimodal expression for socially intelligent robots, address current challenges in this area, and to set a research agenda to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers on the domain.

Recent advances in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence contributed to the development of “socially interactive robots” that engage in social interactions with humans and exhibit certain human-like social characteristics, including the abilities to communicate with high-level dialogue, to perceive and express emotions using natural multimodal cues (e.g., facial expression, gaze, body posture) and to exhibit distinctive personalities and characters. Applications for socially interactive robots are plentiful: companions for children and elderly, household assistants, partners in industries, guides in public spaces, educational tutors at school and so on. Despite this progress, the social interaction and multimodal expression capabilities of robots are still far behind the intuitiveness and naturalness that is required to allow uninformed users to interact, establish and maintain social relationships with them in their everyday lives.

The area of social interaction and multimodal expression for socially intelligent robots remains very much an active research area with significant challenges in practice due to limitations both in technology and in our understanding of how different modalities must work together to convey human-like levels of social intelligence. Designing reliable and believable social behaviors for robots is an interdisciplinary challenge that cannot be solely approached from a pure engineering perspective. Human sciences, social sciences, and cognitive sciences play a primary role in the development and the enhancement of social interaction skills for socially intelligent robots.

This workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary audience interested in the study of multimodal human-human and human-robot interactions to address challenges in these areas, and elaborate on novel ways to advance research in the field, based on theories of human communication and empirical findings validated human-robot interaction studies. We welcome contributions on both theoretical aspects as well as practical applications. The analysis of human-human interactions is of particular importance to understand how humans send and receive social signals multimodally, through both parallel and sequential use of multiple modalities (e.g., eye gaze, touch, vocal, body, and facial expressions. Results achieved by researchers studying human-robot interactions offers researchers the opportunity to understand how uninformed interaction partners perceive the multimodal communication skills developed for social robots (e.g., children, elderly) and how they influence the interaction process (e.g., regarding usability and acceptance).

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: June 9, 2017   June 30, 2017
  • Author notification: June 22, 2017               July 20, 2017 (apologies for the delay)
  • Camera-ready submission: July 5, 2017     August 11, 2017
  • Main conference: August 28- September 1, 2017
  • Workshop day: August 28, 2017

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