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Call for Position Statements

ICSR 2013: full-day workshop on Taking Care of Each Other: 
Synchronisation and Reciprocity for Social Companion Robots

Deadline: 19.08.2013

27 October 2013, Bristol, UK

Recent studies of compassion argue that in human-human interaction 
actual compassion exists, which is not inherently motivated by 
self-interest. This research suggests that compassion is based on 
reciprocity and synchronisation and is rooted in our brain and biology 
as well as in our socialisation and culture. In a nutshell compassion 
can be considered as one of the building blocks for sociality. When we 
are developing robots as companions we have to wonder in how far we can 
integrate synchronisation and reciprocity in our systems in order to 
achieve a perceived compassionateness, which leads to mutual care 
between the user and the robot, as this fosters a sustainable long-term 
interaction with the system accompanying the user.

Companion robots are considered for various application areas, such as 
school education, elderly care, therapy etc. and in all these contexts 
we are aware that a give-and-take relationship can be crucial for the 
success of the individual. Therefore, companion robots must communicate 
a feeling of social coupling, relate to the human counterpart, share 
perceptions and intentions and thereby achieve synchronized and 
reciprocal behaviour to be considered an actual companion.

Addressing these aspects demands joint effort from the HRI community of 
various disciplinary backgrounds, such as amongst others cognitive 
sciences, sociology, and social/ behaviour-based robotics. We believe 
that this workshop can offer the space to discuss companionship in/for 
robotics as an interaction pattern of give-and-take and create the 
much-needed interdisciplinary network to explore this unifying social 
HRI theme.

Potential participants are invited to submit a position statement. The 
position statement (min 800 words, but no longer than 4 A4 pages in 
Springer LNCS format) can be on the following potential (but not 
restricted) topics:

Companion robots
Household companion robots
Elderly care companion robots
Companion robots for therapy
Companion robots for education
Joint attention
Joint action
Action observation and imitation
Perceived intentionality
Human-robot relationship
Social acceptance of robots

Submissions are accepted in PDF format only, using the ICSR formatting 
guidelines ( and including author 
names. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Authors should send their 
papers to [log in to unmask]

Important Dates
19 August 2013, Position statement submission
02 September 2013, Notification of acceptance
27 October 2013, Workshop at ICSR 2013

Organizing Committee
• Astrid Weiss (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
• Tamara Lorenz (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany)
• Ben Robins (University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
• Vanessa Evers (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
• Markus Vincze (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

Dr. Astrid Weiss
HRI Postdoctoral Research Fellow
ACIN Insitute of Automation and Control
Vienna University of Technology
(DVR-Number 0005886)

Gusshausstraße 27-29/E376,
1040 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 (1) 58801-376 618
Fax: +43 (1) 58801-376 97
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