Workshop of the Natural Interaction with Social Robots Topic Group of euRobotics

NISR-TG@RO-MAN 2017 in Lisbon


September 1. 2017 

June 23, 2017:July 10, 2017
Submission deadline

July 21, 2017:
Acceptance of notification

August 31, 2017:
Camera ready submission






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NISR-TG (Natural Interaction with Social Robots Topic Group) is a Topic Group within the euRobotics AISBL. “Topic Groups” are community-driven instruments that aim to coordinate the activities in specific sub-domains of robotics. Among the significant actions are the contributions to H2020 Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Multi-Annual Roadmap (MAR). Topic Groups play a major role in contributing to roadmaps and project calls.


At the core of the Natural Interaction with Social Robots Topic Group (NISR-TG) stands the detailed investigation of the social and affective interaction between people and social robots. Another central aspect concerns the mechanisms that allow robots to coordinate their behaviour with other robots and with people and to use verbal and non-verbal means of communication to facilitate effective and ‘natural’ collaboration and cooperation. Therefore, the goal of the NISR-TG is to provide robot technologies that ease and enhance communication with people, objects and with other robots. In order to achieve these objectives, the NISR-TG will adopt an inherently multidisciplinary approach whereby considerations of the evolution and development of social skills in humans and non-human animals play an important role. Specifically, we propose that future robotic technology needs to close the loop between multimodal perception (understanding social agents such as humans in their environment) and robot actions, not only in short term exchanges but also in long-term interactions toward a society in which robots contribute to human assistance, quality of life, dignity and well-being.

This full-day workshop aims at (i) introducing the NISR-TG activities to the human-robot interaction community, (ii) present recent advances in the research domain, (iii) gather researchers and students to discuss and prepare a roadmap that will be then shared with euRobotics and will be disseminated widely to the research community.

The workshop will encourage student contributions through poster submissions and participation to the panel discussion


List of speakers

List of confirmed speakers (in alphabetic order) with provisional titles/topics:

  • Gerard Bailly (Gipsa-Lab, Grenoble, FR): Evaluation of Socially Assistive Robots (SAR), Transfer learning between SAR.
  • Andrea Bonarini (Politecnico di Milano, IT): Natural playful interaction with robot
  • Mohamed Chetouani (UPMC, ISIR, FR): Robot Learning based on Interpersonal Human-Robot Interaction
  • Vanessa Evers and Vicky Charisi (University of Twente, NL): Child-Robot Interaction /  Group Interaction
  • Dr. Jens Garbas and Teena Hassan (Intelligent Systems Group, Electronic Imaging Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS): To be defined
  • Pim Haselager (Donders Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen):  Ethics of social robots and on artificial moral agents in social interaction.
  • Ana Paiva (INESC-ID): To be defined
  • Adriana Tapus (ENSTA, FR): Learning and adaptation in SAR.
  • Paul Verschure (Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies (ICREA), SP): Robot language acquisition in dyadic human-robot interaction based on the integrated Distributed Adaptive Control cognitive architecture.



  • Mohamed Chetouani - University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Vicky Charisi - University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Vanessa Evers - University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

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