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The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)
November 14-16, 2020
Golden, Colorado

== Important! ==
Submission deadline: June, 29th, 2020.


The ICSR 2020 organizing committee hopes that you are safe and well.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and status of future travel
to the United States, ICSR 2020 will offer a virtual option for those
individuals that do not wish to attend the conference in person. *This
option will be included in the conference registration system. Reduced
registration fees are yet to be determined.*

The organizing committee recognizes that in-person attendance is a critical
learning opportunity for students. Students contribute and benefit from
conference participation in a variety of different ways that may be
difficult to replicate virtually. We nevertheless intend to seek effective
methods to foster student development regardless of whether the conference
is held virtually or in-person. To that end are will:

·       Put greater effort and funding towards conference-level publicity
and marketing for accepted papers in order to ensure that the broader
community learns about the research presented at the conference.

·       Highly encourage conference participants to attend as many talks as
possible and attempt to ensure a minimum number of attendees at each

·       Virtual coffee breakout sessions

·       Virtual "speed-meeting" breakout sessions (in which participants
cycle between short paired research conversations in two-minute virtual
breakout rooms).

·       Facilitated/moderated breakout sessions

·       Virtual meet & greet with robot exhibitors, and with both companies
and departments hiring in robotics

·       Virtual social evening gatherings

·       Scribe live-monitoring chat questions during presentations and

·       Addition of virtual polls to presentations

== General Information ==
The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020) brings
together researchers and practitioners working on the interaction between
humans and intelligent robots and on the integration of robots into the
fabric of our society. ICSR 2020 will take place in Golden Colorado on
November 14-16, 2020. Accepted papers will be included in ICSR 2020
Proceedings published by Springer LNAI series.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Entertaining Robots’, which is
meant to be a play on words signifying that robots can serve as captivating
social agents but also suggesting the challenges associated with managing
these artifacts. In the near future robots will be entering our social
world taking on a wide variety of roles.

The conference welcomes original contributions describing technically
rigorous scientific and philosophical advances in the area of social
robotics and AI: innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and
improvements, novel applications on the latest fundamental advances in the
core technologies that form the backbone of social robotics, distinguished
developmental projects, as well as seminal works in aesthetic design,
ethics and philosophy, studies on social impact and influence pertaining to
social robotics, and its interaction and communication with human beings
and its social impact on our society.

Authors can submit the complete manuscripts in PDF format, or the use the
LaTex or Word templates provided by Springer. Full manuscripts are limited
to 10 pages. The front page must contain the title of the paper, full
name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and the appropriate academic
field(s). All papers will be refereed by the program committee. Authors
will be asked to submit their papers via the OCS submission system.

At least one of the authors will be required to register and attend the
symposium to present the paper in order to include the paper in the
conference proceedings.

== Important Dates ==
    Submission deadline:             June 29, 2020
    Workshop proposals:             June 29, 2020
    Notification of acceptance:    July 31 2020
    Camera-ready papers:            August 17, 2020
    Conference:                          November 14-16, 2020

== Topics ==
Because of the pandemic, we realize that it may not be possible for some
researchers to conduct studies involving human subjects. Thus, survey
papers and meta-analysis are also encouraged. The topics of interest
include, but are not limited to the following:

- Affective and cognitive sciences for socially interactive robots
- Context awareness, expectation, and intention understanding
- Control architectures for social robotics
- Human augmentation, rehabilitation, and medical robots
- Interaction and collaboration among robots, humans, and environments
- Personal robots for the home
- Robot applications in education, entertainment, and gaming
- Robot ethics in human society
- Robots that can adapt to different users
- Robots to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities
- Robots with personality
- Safety in robots working in human spaces
- Socially assistive robots to improve quality of life
- Social acceptance and impact in the society
- Socially appealing design methodologies

-Teleoperation, telepresence and remote interaction

Submissions must be made in the PDF format and follow the Springer
LNCS/LNAI style for the layout. All papers will be refereed by the program
committee. Full papers are limited to ten pages. Detailed instructions for
paper submission are available on the conference web site or here: LNCS style templates are
available on the Springer LNCS website.

Participants are invited to hold a half day workshops and/or special
sessions on topics relevant to social robotics. Proposals on workshops and
special sessions will be considered by the organizing committee.

Our ability to host a competition may depend on the pandemic. We will
update the conference webpage with information about the competition at a
later date.

Our ability to host exhibitors may depend on the pandemic. We will update
the conference webpage with information for exhibitors at a later date.

The Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (
ICSR 2020) will be published by Springer International Publishing as part
of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series (LNAI). The
proceedings of the conference are indexed by Springer Link and Scopus.
Selected papers will be invited for publication as a Special Issue in the
International Journal of Social Robotics (Fall 2021).

Honorary General Chair

Shuzhi Sam Ge, National University of Singapore, Singapore

General Chairs
Alan R. Wagner, Pennsylvania State University, USA
David Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Program Chairs
Silvia Rossi, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Tom Williams, Colorado School of Mines, USA

Kerstin Haring, University of Denver, USA

Publication Chairs
Hongseng He, Wichita State University, USA

Awards Chairs
Boyoung Kim*,* United States Air Force Academy, USA

Competition Chairs
Amit Kumar Pandey, Hansen Robotics, China

Sponsorship Chair

Bradley Hayes, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Workshop Chairs
Katie Winkle, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Publicity Chairs
Paul Robinette, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA

Patricia Alves-Oliveira*, *ISCTE / INESC-ID, Portugal
Daniel Rea, Kyoto University, Japan

Web Chair
Vidullan Surendran, Penn State University, USA

Standing Committee
Shuzhi Sam Ge, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Oussama Khatib, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Maja Mataric, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Haizhou Li, A*Star, Singapore
Jong Hwan Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon,
Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pontedera, Italy
Ronald C. Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

We are looking forward to seeing you at ICSR 2020!

ICSR 2020 Organizing Committee

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