Workshop on Learning for Human-Robot Interaction Modeling

June 27th, 2010

Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)
University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
June 27th-30th, 2010

Overview Topics Organizers Program Call for Posters Contacts


In recent years, there has been a growing attention towards the development of interactive systems that can naturally communicate and interact with humans. However, despite the progress made, interactive systems are still directed to experts and consequently naive users or disabled may not exploit the potential of these robots. In order to improve these systems, new approaches from both multi-modal signal processing and machine learning methods should be investigated. Indeed, interaction require efficient perception of communicative signals, activities and other environmental information produced by the users in order to provide the most relevant feedback or service. However, the associated algorithms require huge volumes of labeled data which is incompatible with diversity of potential users and also time-consuming. In this context, we would like to bring together researchers from human-robot interaction and machine learning fields in order to discuss which methodologies and problems may take advantage of new advanced techniques, all this with the main objective of creating solutions to build robotic systems with high cognitive capabilities.


• Machine Learning
• Adaptive Cognitive Systems
• Human-Robot Interaction
• Social Learning


Prof. Mohamed Chetouani
Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR)
Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC)
Pyramide - T55/65, CC 173 - 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
e-mail: mohamed.chetouani(at)

Prof. Adriana TAPUS
Cognitive Robotics Lab
32 Blvd Victor, 75015, Paris, France
e-mail: tapus(at)






Welcome - Introduction
Organizers: Mohamed Chetouani and Adriana Tapus

9:30 - 10:00

Decisional Issues in Human-Robot Interaction
Rachid Alami, LAAS-Toulouse, France

10:00 - 10:30

Learnable adaptivity in situated dialogue for human-robot interaction
Geert-Jan Kruijff, DFKI GmbH, Germany

10:30 - 11:00

Considerations on Gesture in Space and Time
Anna Esposito, Second University of Naples, Italy

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

Tactile Guidance for Policy Adaptation
Eric Sauser, EPFL, Switzerland

12:00 - 13:00

Motivation, Emotion, and Learning for Human-Robot Interaction: A Spectrum of Research at Georgia Tech's Mobile Robot Lab
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ron Arkin, Georgia Tech, USA

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 15:00

End-user Programming of a Social Robot Using Dialogues
Miguel Salichs, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain

15:00 - 16:00

Poster Session

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:50

Panel of Discussion - Road map of existing robotics learning technologies for social and cognitive robotics

17:50 - 18:00

Workshop Wrap-up















The proceedings of the workshop can be found here.

Call for Posters

Posters are an excellent way to present research and new ideas. We invite you to submit a 2-page poster abstract (including figures and references as needed) to be presented as a poster at the workshop. Your abstracts will go through a full peer-review process. The final number of posters we can accept is limited; acceptence will depend on relevance to the workshop topics and quality of presented work. The accepted posters will be included in the workshop proceedings and the authors will have the opportunity to present their work during the poster session.  We encourage student participation in the workshop.

Important Dates:
• Poster abstract submission deadline: May 10th, 2010 ; Extended Deadline: May 15th, 2010
• Notification of poster acceptance: May 20th, 2010
• Conference and Workshop Registration: June 1st, 2010
• Workshop: June 27th, 2010

Please send your poster abstracts by email to rss2010_hri-request(at); use "RSS Workshop 2010 Abstract Submission" in the subject.


Prof. Mohamed Chetouani: mohamed.chetouani(at)

Prof. Adriana Tapus: tapus(at)