Call: Robo-Philosophy 2020 Workshop – Social Models for Social Robotics

Call for Abstracts*

Robo-Philosophy 2020 Workshop – Social Models for Social Robotics
August 18-21, 2020 (Exact day to be announced)
Aarhus University, Denmark

Workshop Website:

Submission deadline: May 1

* NOTE: Depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic the conference may be carried out as an E-conference. Therefore, for organizational reasons, we would appreciate it if you could let us know in advance if you plan to submit. Do not hesitate to contact the organizers if you have any questions.


Social robotics is one of the most important emerging technologies with potentially profound socio-cultural impact. However, the current interdisciplinary research areas of “social robotics” and “Human Robot Interaction” (HRI) are not yet equipped with the necessary conceptual tools in order to design interactions between humans and robots. New approaches for effective yet context-adequate social interactions are needed, that observe overarching ethical principles and take larger socio-cultural perspectives into account.

Our social world is highly complex–the social context of a human-robot interaction consists of the multiplicity of roles, norms, conventions, and social practices that we, as humans, explicitly or implicitly define to handle our daily lives together. Even though roboticists did acknowledge this complexity from the very beginning of social robotics (cf. e.g. Breazeal, 2003), we still lack a general theoretical framework for describing a social interaction context, and stating general and specific requirements. This is partly due to the fact that social robotics and HRI are multidisciplinary fields. Researchers from social sciences (Seibt, 2014, 2020 Fiebich et al. 2015; Misselhorn 2015) have offered frameworks for the description of what can be called “asymmetric social interactions” (Seibt, 2014) between humans and robots, and for the evaluation of user experiences of such interactions as social. We can also rely on works about humans (Goffman, 1963; Pacherie, 2008; Vesper, 2010, 2017). But there is so far no general theory of social interaction that roboticists could directly apply in order to design robotic social actions.

This workshop aims to be a place for an interdisciplinary discussion on this subject: How far can robots go–now and in the future–to fulfill the requirements of full-blown social agents? How and where do ethical requirements dovetail with the elements (conditions, principles, and procedures) for social agency?


We invite the submission of a long abstract: 2000 Words. The selected participants are expected to present their contribution in oral presentations. After being selected, a revised version of the paper must be sent for publication in the conference proceeding by June 1st.

For instructions and guidelines see the workshop papers related information at


Submission Deadline: May 1st
Notification of acceptance: May 15th
Camera-ready deadline: June 1st
Workshop: August 18-21 (exact day to be announced)


Aurélie Clodic (LAAS, CNRS, Toulouse, France) (
Frank Dignum (Umea University, Sweden) (
Víctor Fernández Castro (LAAS, CNRS, Toulouse, France) (
Raul Hakli (University of Helsinki, Finland) (


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