International Conference on Social Robotics

Special Sessions

There are two special sessions at ICSR 2015:

Papers submitted to the special sessions are full papers and appear in the conference proceedings. Papers are submitted to the special session using the same format, deadline and procedure as ordinary papers (during submission, there is a drop-down list to identify your work to the special session chairs). See the paper submission information for full details.

Papers affiliated to a special session will receive the same impartial review process applied to all non-affiliated papers. If the number of papers affiliated to the special session following the close of the paper submission period is insufficient, then the session may be dissolved and the papers assimilated into the main track of the conference.

Special Session on Objective Measures in HRI for Social Robotics

The aim of this special session is to bring together researchers who examine – with objective methods, such as behavioral and (neuro-) physiological measures – the mechanisms of social cognition in human-robot interaction (HRI). There is a large body of research in social robotics conducted with the use of subjective and qualitative measures. We propose that in order to understand the specific factors that play a role in evoking social cognition mechanisms in humans during interactions with natural as well as artificial agents, researchers need to investigate implicit and automatic low-level cognitive mechanisms and associated physiological correlates. Such processes – for example attention, engagement, emotional and behavioral attunement – are often not available to introspection and thus subjective measures are not able to capture them. Objective measures, such as reaction times, gaze behavior, movement patterns, skin conductance and brain activity, have the advantage of addressing such mechanisms, which can the be beneficial for:

In this session, we would like to discuss research on HRI that has been done with objective methods of experimental psychology and social cognitive neuroscience. We invite speakers who have examined behavioural and (neuro-) physiological reactions of humans involved in interactions with a robot. We target at experimental studies on HRI that have been conducted with the use of performance measures in a task (error rates, reaction times), eyetracking, motion tracking, movement analysis, electroencephalography, functional magnetic resonance, transcranial direct current stimulation, physiology (Galvanic skin response, heart rate) and other objective measures. This session will also encompass scientific approaches to applied domains, where objective measures have been used to develop solutions for healthcare and special needs care.


Agnieszka Wykowska, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, Germany
Thierry Chaminade, CNRS, Institute of Neuroscience, Timone, Marseille, France
Gordon Cheng, Technische Universität München, Germany

Special Session on Social Assistive Robotics for Children

Social Assistive Robots (SAR) represent a new category of robots that assist disabled people through social interaction. These robots aim to help people by means of an effective, natural interaction. SAR can make a significant impact for children. Specially for hospitalized children, infants with difficulties, or disabilities, SAR can improve their quality of life by assisting them in educational or recreational activities, as well as improving their mood.

This Special Session will focus on the current advances in the area of SAR that interact with children to help them, including, among others, novel applications, social modeling, social bounding between children and robots, interactive social behaviors, interaction management, child-robot interaction, evaluation methodologies, and any technology applied to the field. We seek to bring together researchers from different areas to promote a multidisciplinary approach to the development of social robots that benefit children with special needs. Papers are solicited on all areas directly related to these topics.


Miguel Ángel Salichs, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
Álvaro Castro-González, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
Victor González Pacheco, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain