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Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to invite you to participate and submit at the Workshop
"The human in the loop: perspectives and challenges for robots’ behaviours
in Robocup 2050" that will be held in conjunction with Virtual RoboCup
Humanoid Open Workshops (V-RoHOW) - June 25th to June 28th, 2020.

Read below further information, and please do not hesitate to contact us if
you have any questions.

Kind regards,
Alessandra Rossi

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow / PhD student
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Adaptive Systems Research Group
School of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom

*The human in the loop: perspectives and challenges for robots’ behaviours
in Robocup 2050*

Current literature in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) showed that a robot
aware of human social conventions increases people’s acceptability, and
positively affects the outcome of the interaction. For example, we know
that people do not like to be approached too fast, or from the back by a
robot, or they might not prefer a robot to come into their personal or
intimate space, among others. However, human soccer players will have close
physical contact with robots when they will play against them in RoboCup
2050. Will players’ and audience’s perception of robots change? Will human
players actually be comfortable in playing with robots even when the thrill
of the challenge wears off? How will they perceive their own and robots'

Moreover, robots will not only need to plan, navigate and play soccer
according to the FIFA rules, but they will also need to understand and
infer the human players’ intentions and multi-modal communication signals.

This workshop aims to highlight the future challenges that will be posed
for the robotics community to allow human players to play against robots in
RoboCup in 2050. We will particularly focus on the factors of human-robot
interaction that can affect and enhance people’s acceptance, sense of
safety and comfort in close physical interactions with robots.

*Team Organisers*

Bold Hearts

Hamburg Bit-Bots

Electric Sheep

*Invited Speakers*

Justin Hart, Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin, US (confirmed

Luca Iocchi, Professor, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy (

Requirements, recommendations and further info

No hardware, software or knowledge is required to participate at the

Attendees are invited, but not compelled, to present a two-pages input
paper to be used as discussion points for a panel discussion held during
the workshop with the invited speakers and attendees. The input papers can
be entirely theoretical on a current open challenge on a Human-Robot
RoboCup game, interaction goal, and etc…

Authors should submit their papers formatted according to the IEEE
two-column format <>.
Use the following templates to create the paper and generate or export a
PDF file: LaTeX <> or
MS-Word <>.

Organisers will look at the possibility of a joint publication of selected
input papers, e.g. at the next RC Symposium.

Authors can email their papers (by June 26th) to Alessandra Rossi (
[log in to unmask]), Maike Paetzel ([log in to unmask]) or Merel
Keijsers ([log in to unmask]).


Registering to the event is free of charge and you can fill out the form
following this link:

RoboCup 2020
Virtual RoboCup Humanoid Open Workshops (V-RoHOW)

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