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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 <, ginevra.castellano<at>,

  okita<at> and tanaka<at>

(you can download the CfP at:

Important Dates


Submission of Manuscripts (deadline):.........15-March-17 (extended deadline!!!)

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

For more information and updates, please visit:

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 15 March 2017.

The Editorial Board is committed to speedy review, fast publication, and

high scientific impact.

Dr. Ginevra Castellano, Docent
Associate Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Interactive Systems
Department of Information Technology
Uppsala University
Box 337, 751 05 Uppsala, Sweden

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