Call: Workshops, activities for 12th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2020)


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

TL;DR: ICSR is fully virtual and so we invite proposals for a broader-than-normal range of online based activities to be co-hosted with the conference. Simple 2 page proposals outline key activity details due by 31st July to

You may have seen the news that ICSR 2020 is going to be fully virtual this year and so we’re really hoping to do something fresh with the workshop provision and invite you to be as creative and open-minded as possible in proposing workshops and/or other activities to be co-hosted with the conference. These could include, for example:

  1. traditional workshops/panels
  2. debates
  3. robot poetry slams
  4. science fiction discussions

or any other activities you might like to propose so long as the content is appropriate and on topic.

The only key requirements are as follows:

  1. workshop organisers must be able to host the events themselves (e.g. via Zoom)
  2. a (recommended) maximum length of <4 hours to minimise zoom fatigue

so we really encourage you to be creative, and hope you might take this opportunity to explore something new!


Proposal submission deadline: July 31, 2020
Notification of acceptance: August 7, 2020
Half page abstract and website URL Due: August 14, 2020
Workshop date: November 14, 2020
Conference: November 14-16, 2020


Submissions should be PDF documents of no more than 2 pages (using the Springer LCNS/LNAI template as for the main conference, full details and templates at: and should outline the overall format and content of the proposed activity, but might also include:

  1. Title
  2. Activity duration: half-day or full-day.
  3. Organisers: name and the affiliation of the members of your organising committee (Name, Affiliation, Email address).
  4. Activity description and objectives: concise description of the format, content and objectives of the workshop.
  5. Intended audience and plans to solicit participation: describe the intended audience, how you plan to solicit participation
    1. ahead of the workshop to generate submission and
    2. within the workshop in encouraging discussions and exchanges between participants.
  6. List of topics: a bulleted list of the topics of interest that will be covered by the workshop.
  7. List of invited speakers: list any invited speakers (if applicable)
  8. Additional information: Any relevant information that could not be captured by the previous sections (e.g. regarding previous workshop organisation)

Please send submissions to Workshop Chair Katie Winkle by email (

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