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International Conference on Social Robotics

29th - 31st October 2012, Chengdu, China

The International Conference on Social Robotics brings researchers and practitioners together to report and discuss the latest progress in the field of social robotics. The ICSR conferences focus on the interaction between humans and robots and the integration of robots into our society.

The theme of the 2012 conference is "Wellness." This theme gives focus on the potential and capabilities of social robots to assist humans achieve better physical, mental and emotional health and wellness. The conference aims to foster discussion on the development of computational models, robotic embodiments, and behavior that enable social robots to have an impact on the human partner's health and well-being.

Papers published in ICSR2012 will appear in volumes of the LNCS/LNAI series. The conference’s proceedings are indexed by EI Engineering Index (Compendex and Inspec databases), ACM Digital Library, and Scopus. Selected papers from the conference will be recommended for possible publication in special issues in the International Journal of Social Robotics.

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Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Paolo Dario

Professor Paolo Dario

Paolo Dario is Professor of Biomedical Robotics and Director of The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy. He received his Dr.Eng. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 1977 and then he was visiting researcher and professor at Brown University, USA, at EPFL, Switzerland; at College de France, France; at Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Spain; at Zhejiang University, China; and at Waseda University, Japan. His main research interests are in the fields of medical robotics, bio-robotics, mechatronics and micro/nano engineering, and in robotics for surgery, for rehabilitation and for services. He is the coordinator of many national and European projects, and the author of more than 300 scientific papers (more than 200 on ISI journals). He has been and is Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of many international journals. Prof. Dario is an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the European Society on Medical and Biological Engineering, and a recipient of many honors and awards, such as the Joseph Engelberger Award. He is also a member of the Board of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. Prof. Dario served as President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in the years 2002-2003.

Paolo Dario

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal

Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is a pioneer of social robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She has authored the book "Designing Sociable Robots", has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, human robot interaction, and robot learning. She serves on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Science Channel and an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston. Dr. Breazeal is recognized as a prominent young innovator. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award, Technology Review’s TR35 Award, and TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008. She has won numerous best paper and best technology inventions at top academic conferences. She has also been awarded an ONR Young Investigator Award, and was honored as finalist in the National Design Awards in Communication.

Hong Zhou

Dr. Hong Zhou

Dr. Hong Zhou is the head and senior engineer of the Soldier Support System Center of the Quartermaster Research Institute of the General Logistics Department of China Armed Force. He has obtained Ph.D. in management science in Renmin University of China (People University of China) in 2007, and M.S. in Management Information System for manufacturing in Cranfield University (UK) in 2005. In 2004, he worked as a visiting fellow for a short period in Royal Military College of Science in Swindon UK, where he did research in knowledge management of defence acquisition. He has done engineering research in soldier support system equipment since 1990s. From 2006, he began the research in strength enlargement exoskeleton and he advanced the concept of "Human-Mechatronic Coupling System Technology (2012)".

Etienne Burdet

Dr. Etienne Burdet

Dr. Etienne Burdet is Reader in Human Robotics at Imperial College London. He has obtained a M.S. in Mathematics in 1990, a M.S. in Physics in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Robotics in 1996, all from ETH-Zurich. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Ted Milner (McGill, Canada), Ed Colgate (Northwestern, USA) and Mitsuo Kawato (ATR, Japan), between 1996 and 1999, where he did research in Neurophysiology and Human-robot Interaction, and Assistant Professor in Robotics at the National University of Singapore from 1999 to 2004. Dr. Burdet does research in human robotics and his main interest is in human-machine interaction. His group uses an approach integrating neuroscience and robotics to investigate human motor control, and design efficient assistive devices and virtual reality based training for rehabilitation and surgery.

Call For Papers

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
> Interaction and collaboration among robots, humans, and environments
> Robots to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities
> Socially assistive robots to improve quality of life
> Affective and cognitive sciences for socially interactive robots
> Personal robots for the home
> Social acceptance and impact in the society
> Robot ethics in human society
> Context awareness, expectation, and intention understanding
> Control architectures for social robotics
> Socially appealing design methodologies
> Safety in robots working in human spaces
> Human augmentation, rehabilitation, and medical robots
> Robot applications in education, entertainment, and gaming

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Important Dates

Invited Session
Proposal Submission
20 May 2012 (Extended)

Paper Submission
7 June 2012 (Extended)

Proposal Submission
30 June 2012 (Extended)

Notification of the
Papers' Acceptance
15 July 2012
22 July 2012

Final Camera-ready Paper
15 August 2012

Registration and
Welcome Reception
28 October 2012

Conference Dates
29-31 October 2012




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