Call: Behavior Coordination between Humans, Animals and Robots – ICDL-EPIROB 2014 Workshop

Call for Abstracts

Workshop on Behavior Coordination between Humans, Animals and Robots
Genoa, Italy
Oct. 13, 2014

DEADLINE:  Sept. 15, 2014


Luisa Damiano
Research Centre on Complex Systems / Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
Hagen Lehmann
Italian Institute of Technology, iCub Facility, Genoa, Italy

This workshop intends to bring together specialists investigating one or more aspects of behavior coordination in three different research domains: human-human interaction, human-animal interaction, human-robot interaction.

The aim is to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue directed towards cross-fertilization between these fields, and to stimulate front line research engaged in (a) deepening the scientific understanding of the natural mechanisms underlying behavioral coordination through their robotic modeling; (b) facilitating and enhancing human-robot cooperation on the basis of the implementation of these mechanisms in human-robot interaction.

The workshop aims at involving in this bi-directional transmission of knowledge between the domain of the ‘natural’ and the domain of the ‘artificial’ all the disciplines included in the traditional and in the synthetic study of behavior coordination: cognitive sciences, developmental psychology, developmental anthropology, developmental robotics, primatology, the sciences and the epistemology of self-organization, the sciences and the epistemology of complex systems, social robotics, HRI, etc.

The interdisciplinary discussion on behavior coordination that will take place during the workshop will focus on dyadic behavior, conceived as the basic systemic unit of coordinated behavior, and on some of the key mechanisms for effective coordination currently under exploration, such as joint attention, action observation, task-sharing, action coordination, perception of agency, motor synchronization.

Some of the questions on which the forum will focus are:

  • What are the differences and similarities between human-human and human-animal behavior coordination?
  • What are the underlying mechanisms for behavior coordination?
  • Which aspects of behavior coordination influence human social perception?
  • How can aspects of natural behavior coordination be productively used to facilitate naturalistic Human-Robot Interaction?


The workshop is directed not only to researchers studying behavior coordination, but also to specialists from other fields who want to learn more about trans-species and technology behavior coordination. The idea is to stimulate the development of a highly interdisciplinary research community working on this topic. We think that the interaction of specialists exploring different aspects of natural and/or artificial behavior coordination could be the starting point for productive collaborative research on communication between biological and artificial systems, and for the development of a reflected and sustainable process of introduction of artificial social partners into our social environments.

All proposals for presentations will be peer reviewed in order to ensure that the work is original, of a high quality, and relevant to the purposes of the workshop. In particular, we will be looking for papers focusing on:

  • Recent investigations on behavior coordination between human-human and human-animal interaction and their implications for HRI;
  • Recent investigations on behavior coordination between animals and their implications for social technology development;
  • Paradigms of behavior coordination and their implications for the different fields involved;
  • Examples of applications of mechanisms of behavior coordination in HRI.


If you would like to contribute to the workshop “Behavior Coordination between Humans, Animals and Robots”, please send an email to (cc: with:

  1. Title of the talk you intend to propose;
  2. Abstract of the talk (min 800, max 1000 words, references included).

All the abstracts will be peer-reviewed.

NEW DEADLINE:  Sept. 15, 2014
Notification of acceptance:  Sept. 17, 2014


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