Call: 10th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2018)


The 10th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2018)
November 28-30, 2018
Qingdao, China

Workshop proposal: July 1, 2018
Paper submission: July 31, 2018
Paper notification: Sept 22, 2018
Final camera-ready paper submission: Oct 7, 2018
Conference: November 28-30, 2018

The 10th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2018) brings together researchers and practitioners working on the interaction between humans and intelligent robots and on the integration of robots into the fabric of our society.

The intersection of Social Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are bound to disrupt the status quo in our homes, factories, healthcare services, and transportation, among others. In the foreseeable future, Social Robotics and AI will help drive economic growth and will be the new normal. ICSR 2018 aims to foster discussions in the development of AI models and frameworks, robotic embodiments, and behaviors that further encourages invention and innovation. The forum will look into the potential of these technologies and give insights to address the challenges and risks.

The conference welcomes original contributions describing technically rigorous scientific and philosophical advances in the area of social robotics and AI: innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, novel applications on 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 our society.

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

  • Affective and cognitive sciences for socially interactive robots
  • Context awareness, expectation, and intention understanding
  • Control architectures for social robotics
  • Human augmentation, rehabilitation, and medical robots
  • Interaction and collaboration among robots, humans, and environments
  • Personal robots for the home
  • Robot applications in education, entertainment, and gaming
  • Robot ethics in human society
  • Robots that can adapt to different users
  • Robots to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities
  • Robots with personality
  • Safety in robots working in human spaces
  • Socially assistive robots to improve quality of life
  • Social acceptance and impact in the society
  • Socially appealing design methodologies


Submissions must be made in the PDF format and follow the Springer LNCS/LNAI style for the layout. All papers will be refereed by the program committee. Full papers are limited to ten pages. Detailed instructions for paper submission are available on the conference web site. LNCS style templates are available on the Springer LNCS website.


Participants are invited to hold a half day workshops and/or special sessions on topics relevant to social robotics. Proposals on workshops and special sessions will be considered by the organizing committee.


Social robot designs from practitioners from any discipline, and in any format, and designs, prototypes, performances or demos selected by the organizing committee will be invited for exhibition during the conference.


Participants who would like to exhibit their relevant products during the conference site should submit a summary describing the demonstration. Exhibition space will be allocated to those approved by the ICSR 2018 organizing committee.


The Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2018) will be published by Springer International Publishing as part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series (LNAI). The proceedings of the conference are indexed by Springer Link and Scopus. Selected papers will be invited for publication as a Special Issue in the International Journal of Social Robotics (Fall 2019).


General Chairs
Shuzhi Sam Ge, National University of Singapore, Singapore
John-John Cabibihan, Qatar University, Qatar

Program Chairs
Miguel Salichs, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Spain
Elizabeth Broadbent, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Hongsheng He, Wichita State University, USA

Publication Chairs
Alan Wagner, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Alvaro Castro, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Spain

Publicity Chairs
Jose Carlos Castillo, Univ. Carlos III Madrid, Spain
Silvia Rossi, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Ho Seok Ahn, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Yinlong Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Jianbo Su, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Workshop Chair
Emilia Barakova, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Competitions Chairs
Amit Kumar Pandey, SoftBank Robotics, France
Ali Meghdari, Sharif University of Technology, Iran


Shuzhi Sam Ge, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Oussama Khatib, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Maja Mataric, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Haizhou Li, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jong Hwan Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea
Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pontedera, Italy
Ronald C. Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

We are looking forward to seeing you at ICSR 2018!


ICSR 2018 Organizing Committee


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