Call: 2nd ACM PETRA Workshop on Social Robots: A Workshop on the Past, the Present and the Future of Digital Companions

Call for Papers

The Second ACM PETRA Workshop on Social Robots: A Workshop on the Past, the Present and the Future of Digital Companions
At PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) 2019
Rhodes, Greece
June 5-7, 2019

Submission deadline: February 25, 2019

Social robots not only work with humans in collaborative workspaces but also follow us into much more personal settings like home and health care. Does this imply that social robots should be able to interpret and adequately respond to human emotions? Should they simulate emotions?

The workshop covers the phenomenon of social robots from the historic roots over today’s best practices to future perspectives. Thus, it is interdisciplinary: we welcome contributions not only from computer scientists, but also researchers from disciplines like psychology, medicine, law, history, and the arts and humanities.

DEADLINE: February 25, 2019

PUBLICATION: The workshop papers will be part of the PETRA proceedings published in the ACM Digital Library. Authors must follow the guidelines of ACM SigConf template available at Workshop papers must be between 3 to 10 pages long, including references. An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from Camera-ready information will be emailed to authors with the acceptance notifications. The submission system is available at


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Human-Robot-Interaction
  • Social Robots in various Use Cases (e.g. domestic, health)
  • User Studies with Social Robots
  • Societal Acceptance and Rejection of Social Robots
  • Artificial Intelligence and Embodied Agents
  • Data management and Data Privacy Issues
  • Autonomous Navigation and Locomotion
  • Robotic Simulation‎, Artificial Emotion Simulation Techniques
  • Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Human Affective Behavior
  • Natural Language Processing for Human-Robot-Interaction
  • Multi-source Data Fusion Methods for Interaction
  • History of Robots and Automata
  • Best (and Worst) Practices of Today’s Social Robots
  • Legal Perspectives on Social Robots
  • Design Space for the Development of Social Robots
  • Ethical Guidelines for the Development of Social Robots
  • Lessons Learned from National or International Projects on Social Robots


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