Workshop on Attention for Social Intelligence


Social robots will not be accepted in society unless they exhibit social intelligence. They will need cognitive capabilities that support social intelligence. Research from various fields, including artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, cognitive psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience, provides crucial knowledge about such necessary cognitive skills. However, further investigations are still required to orchestrate these capabilities in order to achieve social intelligence. Attention is known to play a crucial role in intelligence. It affects other cognitive processes, including perception, action selection, decision making, planning, memory, emotion and learning. It potentially provides a mechanism for managing the cognitive capabilities required to achieve social intelligence. Research on attention remains challenging in all levels from visual perception to decision making and planning. This workshop aims to examine the role of attention in social intelligence and to foster the emergent area of attention in social robotics.

Invited Speakers

Prof. Giuseppe Boccignone

Giuseppe Boccignone is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milano, Italy, where he lectures on Principles and Models of Perception, Natural Interaction, Models of Affective Computing. His research interests span the fields of computational vision, machine learning, epistemology of the artificial. More specifically, he has been involved in defining stochastic models of visual attention, gaze shifts and visuomotor behaviour in different realms such as video coding, expertise characterisation, and robotics. Recently, he has been investigating how value, intrinsic rewards and emotions can interact with visual attention behaviour. On these topics he has authored more than 100 papers in international refereed journals and conferences.

Prof. Peter Gärdenfors

Peter Gärdenfors is a professor of Cognitive Sciences at Lund University in Sweden. He is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities since 1996. Member of Academia Europaea since 1999. Presented with the electronic Festschrift Spinning Ideas on my 50th birthday. Member of Leopoldina Deutsche Akademie für Naturforscher since 2004. Vice chairman of the Natur och Kultur Foundation since 2007. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science since 2009. Member of the Prize Committee for the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel since 2011.