Call: 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)


The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)
November 14-16, 2020
Golden, Colorado

Submission deadline: June, 1st, 2020


The 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020) 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. ICSR 2020 will take place in Golden Colorado on November 14-16, 2020. Accepted papers will be included in ICSR 2020 Proceedings published by Springer LNAI series.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Entertaining Robots’, which is meant to be a play on words signifying that robots can serve as captivating social agents but also suggesting the challenges associated with managing these artifacts. In the near future robots will be entering our social world taking on a wide variety of roles.

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.

Authors can submit the complete manuscripts in PDF format, or the use the LaTex or Word templates provided by Springer. Full manuscripts are limited to 10 pages. The front page must contain the title of the paper, full name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and the appropriate academic field(s). All papers will be refereed by the program committee. Authors will be asked to submit their papers via the OCS submission system.

At least one of the authors will be required to register and attend the symposium to present the paper in order to include the paper in the conference proceedings.


Submission deadline: June 1, 2020
Workshop proposals: June 1, 2020
Notification of acceptance: July 15 2020
Camera-ready papers: August 1, 2020
Conference: November 14-16, 2020


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 2020 organizing committee.


The Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020) 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 2021).


Honorary General Chair
Shuzhi Sam Ge, National University of Singapore, Singapore

General Chairs
Alan R. Wagner, Pennsylvania State University, USA
David Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Program Chairs
Silvia Rossi, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Tom Williams, Colorado School of Mines, USA
Kerstin Haring, University of Denver, USA

Publication Chairs
Hongseng He, Wichita State University, USA

Awards Chairs
Boyoung Kim, United States Air Force Academy, USA

Competition Chairs
Amit Kumar Pandey, Hansen Robotics, China

Sponsorship Chair
Bradley Hayes, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Workshop Chairs
Katie Winkle, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Publicity Chairs
Paul Robinette, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA
Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, Iscte / INESC-ID / Cornell University, Portugal and USA
Daniel Rea, Kyoto University, Japan

Web Chair
Vidullan Surendran, Penn State University, USA

Standing Committee
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, A*Star, 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 2020!

ICSR 2020 Organizing Committee


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