Call: Workshop on Social Robots as Mediators for Enactive Didactics at ICSR 2019

Call for Abstracts (1000 words)

Workshop on
Social Robots as Mediators for Enactive Didactics
@ ICSR 2019
Madrid, Spain
November, 29, 2019
Conference website:
Workshop website:

Important Dates:
Abstract Due – October 25, 2019
Notification of Acceptance – October 30, 2019

We are interested in submissions of original research in the field of “Social Robots as Mediators for Enactive Didactics”, or research from related fields, relevant to the topic of “Experimental and Applied perspectives on robots, embodied and enactive approaches and education”. The submissions, in the form of abstracts (min 800, max 1000 words, references excluded), should present original research works related with, but not limited to, one or more of the following topics of interests:

  • Best practice for the use social robots in group education (Gamification, Interaction Channels)
  • Integrating Robots into didactic theory (with a particular interest for Enactive Didactics, Social Feedback, Constructionism, Inclusion)
  • Using social robots together with other technologies in the classroom (Audience Response Systems, Intelligent Tutoring systems)
  • Social robots for social feedback in education (mediator function, single or group interaction)
  • How to make social robotic technology attractive for schools and teachers? (Interaction design, embodiment)


This workshop has two objectives. On one hand it aims at exploring how to use social robots in education, specifically how to integrate them into the classroom and use them as social feedback devices. On the other hand it aims at bridging the gap between robotics and didactic theory.

An increasing number of humanoid robots with social interaction capabilities is being deployed with purpose of integrating them into different learning and teaching environments. This development, in combination with technological progress and the willingness to use robot beyond the functional properties linked to the ideas from constructionism in education, poses new challenges for the way we can and should interact with social robots. In a first step it seems necessary to develop a framework that allows these robots to be meaningfully integrated into existing, theoretically grounded didactic approaches. One of the more recent approaches that lends itself for such an integration is enactive didactics with its focus on direct feedback. In this workshop we therefore will discuss ways in which robots can be used as social feedback devices within the enactive didactics approach. The questions that need to be answered range from technological issues like how to best compensate for the limitations the current robotic embodiments we have, to questions related to theoretical issues from didactic theory like how to best prepare the next generation of students for the fundamental technological shifts which are currently under way. Concretely we want to bring together researchers from robotics and didactics in order to find common ground and exchange ideas and experiences from the use of intelligent technology in education, with the goal of combining these ideas into successful applications for social robots.


Luisa Damiano (University of Messina, Italy)
Antonio Chella (University of Palermo, Italy)


The accepted abstracts will be published on the web-site of the workshop shortly after ICSR 2019, so that they can be accessed later.

Furthermore, it is planned to involve the workshop keynote and the selected speakers in submitting contributions to a journal special issue on the topic of “Social Robots as Mediators for Enactive Didactics”.

Additionally the possibility of preparing a special issue of the journal Electronics (IF: 1.764 (JCR Q3)) with the topic “Social Robotics and its Applications” is considered, including extended versions of 2 selected papers from the workshop.


If you would like to contribute to the workshop on “Social Robots as Mediators for Enactive Didactics”, please send an email to Hagen Lehmann ( with:

  1. list of authors;
  2. title of the contribution you intend to propose;
  3. abstract of the presentation (min 800, max 1000 words, references excluded).


Hagen Lehmann (University of Macerata, Italy)
Pier Giuseppe Rossi (University of Macerata, Italy)


For further information, please contact Hagen Lehmann (


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