RO-MAN 2020 Workshop - CognitIve RobotiCs for intEraction (CIRCE)



The workshop will be held online on Microsoft Teams.

If interested in attending the workshop, please register on

Workshop website with the program at https://circe-roman2020.loria.fr/




Humans can easily collaborate with others, thanks to their capacity of
understanding other agents and anticipate their actions. This possibility
is given by the fact that humans are cognitive agents who combine sensory
perception with internal models of the environment and people, and that
they perceive other humans with the same features: this enables mutual
understanding and coordination. Robots, in order to be able to interact
with humans in an efficient and natural way, need to have a cognitive
architecture as well.

Without cognition machines lack the abilities to predict, understand and
adapt to their partners, preventing the establishment of long-lasting
rapport. On the other hand, robots are an ideal stimulus to understand
which basic skills are necessary for a cognitive social agent to make
natural human-robot interaction possible.

The implementation of cognitive architectures on robots could validate
cognitive theories or give cognitive scientists inputs for new questions to
investigate, while the results about human behavior during human-robot
interaction studies could give robotics engineers new hints for developing
more socially intelligent robots.

The goal of the workshop will be to provide a venue for researchers
interested in the study of HRI, with a focus on cognition. It will be an
ideal venue to discuss about the open challenges in developing cognitive
architectures for HRI, such as anticipation, adaptation (both emotional and
motoric), dyadic and group interaction, the human inspiration and the
technological implementation of cognitive architectures by means of, among
others, computer vision and machine learning techniques.

The workshop is targeted to HRI researchers who are interested in
interdisciplinary approaches. In particular, in order to encourage
discussion, we would like to welcome researchers from a broad range of
disciplines such as robotics, neurosciences, social sciences, psychology
and computer science.

The workshop will be held virtually on 3rd September 2020, in conjunction
with the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive
Communication (RO-MAN2020), that will be held from 31 August to 04
September 2020 .

Updates about the workshop and how it will be carried out will be written
on the website.



Alessia Vignolo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Alessandra Sciutti - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Serena Ivaldi - Inria Nancy Grand-Est, France

Katrin Lohan - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, Scotland

Giovanna Varni - LTCI, Télécom Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris,

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