International Conference on Social Robotics

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Call for Papers

Conference Theme: Social Intelligence
October 27th - 29th, 2014
Sydney, Australia

The International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR) brings researchers and practitioners together to report and discuss advances in the exciting and emerging field of social robotics. The ICSR conferences focus on the interaction between humans and robots, robot services, and the integration of robots into society.

The theme of the 2014 conference is "Social Intelligence". Robots will improve the quality of human life through assistance, enabling for instance independent living or providing support in work-intensive, difficult and complex situations. Fluent interaction and collaboration with people will require that robots develop social intelligence a critical capacity for negotiating complex social relationships and environments. The conference aims to foster discussion on the development of computational models, robotic embodiments, and behaviour that will enable social robots to develop sophisticated levels of social intelligence. The conference welcomes original contributions describing technically rigorous scientific and philosophical advances in the area of social robotics: Innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, novel applications of 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 society.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:




Papers must be prepared as a PDF by carefully following the Author Guidelines for LNCS/LNAI publications. Full papers are limited to ten A4-sized pages, extended abstracts to two A4 pages. All papers will be refereed by the program committee.

Paper are submitted to the Springer OCS conference management system at the following address:

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If you are submitting your paper for consideration in a special session, you can indicate this using the drop down on the submission form.


Participants who would like to exhibit their interactive demonstrations at the conference site please prepare a one page summary describing the demonstration and email Exhibition booth will be allocated to demonstrations approved by the ICSR2014 organizing committee. The University of Technology, Sydney will make its PR2, Turtle Bots and NAO robots available to accepted demonstrations when required.


Participants are invited to hold a full/half day workshop on 27 October 2014 on a topic relevant to social robotics and the general theme 'Social Intelligence'. Outlines of intended workshops are to be submitted to


Social Robot Design Competition: A search for creative ideas about what a robot companion could be. This year we are accepting designs from practitioners from any discipline, and in any format: designs, prototypes, performances, videos or demos are invited for exhibition at the conference. Please send submissions to


General Chair

Mary-Anne Williams, University of Technology, Sydney

Program Chairs

Michael Beetz, University fo Bremen, Germany
Benjamin Johnston, University of Technology, Sydney

Advisory Board

Ronald C. Arkin, Georgia Tech, USA
Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Italy
Shuzhi Sam Ge, The National University of Singapore and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Oussama Khatib, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University
Jong Hwan Kim, KAIST, South Korea
Haizhou Li, A*Star, Singapore
Maja Mataric, University of South California, USA

Workshop Chairs

Alen Alempijevic, University of Technology, Sydney
Giuseppe Boccignone, Università degli Studi di Milano
Bruce MacDonald, The University of Auckland

Exhibition Chairs

Gavin Paul, University of Technology, Sydney
Greg Peters, Sabre Autonomous Solutions (SABRE)

Local Organisation Chairs

Teresa Vidal Calleja, University of Technology, Sydney
Xun Wang, University of Technology, Sydney


The conference and workshops will be held in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum. The museum is Sydney's museum of technology, design and industry. Located within walking distance of Darling harbour, Chinatown and Central station, the area is well served by hotels, restaurants and public transport.

The Powerhouse Museum was opened in 1988 on the site of the old (but refurbished) Ultimo power station that originally powered Sydney's former tram network. While the modern museum opened in 1988, its collection started as early as 1878 and continued as exhibitions and technical museums. Today, there are estimated to be well over 500,000 separate items in the Museum's collection, including a massive 200 tonne locomotive, a flying boat and the Boulton and Watt rotative engine.


The papers published in ICSR2014 will appear in a volume of the LNCS/LNAI series by Springer. The conference’s proceedings are indexed by EI Engineering Index (Compendex and Inspec databases), ACM Digital Library, and Scopus.