Call: ALTRUIST 2021 – Workshop on sociAL roboTs for peRsonalized, continUous and adaptIve aSsistTance


Workshop “sociAL roboTs for peRsonalized, continUous and adaptIve aSsistTance” (ALTRUIST 2021)
Held in conjunction with ICSR 2021, the 13th International Conference on Social Robotics
November 10th-13th, 2021

Submission deadlines: October 8th, 2021

The workshop “sociAL roboTs for peRsonalized, continUous and adaptIve aSsistTance” (ALTRUIST 2021) will be held online in occasion of the 13th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2021), November 10th-13th, 2021.


Increased life expectancy is an achievement of modern societies thanks to the technological progress in health, living places and quality of food. One of the consequences of an ageing society is the growing incidence of chronic diseases. This trend imposes the need for innovative approaches to assistance, including the ability of self-management, which has become an increasingly important requirement of healthcare in Europe and beyond.

Innovative interventions embedded with e-health applications are extremely important to improve the Active and Healthy Ageing of the population. Novel technological solutions should be capable of effectively merging heterogeneous and potentially conflicting requirements coming from different stakeholders bridging the gap between health needs of users and clinical and social requirements. Such a challenging objective can be achieved only through a multidisciplinary approach.

This workshop therefore aims at pushing the synergetic contribution of different research areas like, e.g., Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IoT), Robotics and Social Science to develop innovative and effective researches and technologies for the ageing society and assistance in general.

Submissions to this event are here solicited. Each contribution will be reviewed by members of a strong international Program Committee.


Applicants are expected to be conducting (and integrating) research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, Health and Social Sciences. Topics of interest therefore include (but are not limited to):

  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Social-Aware Human-Robot Interaction
  • Cultural-Aware Human-Robot Interaction
  • Personalized and Adaptive Robotic Assistance
  • Activity Monitoring Systems (indoor and outdoor)
  • Object and Activity Recognition
  • Trustworthy Social Robots
  • Explainable AI with Social Robots
  • Co-Design of Assistive Solutions
  • Mixed-Initiative Interaction
  • Ethical Issues in Social Robotics for Ageing Society
  • AI Techniques Applied to Assistive Scenarios
  • Evaluation Methodologies and Experiences for Social Robots
  • Multi-modal Perception


Submissions: October 8th, 2021
Notification: October 29th, 2021
Camera-ready: November 5th, 2021
Workshop: November 10th-13th, 2021


We welcome two categories of paper submission:

SHORT PAPERS: (max 3-4 pages). These should report views or ambitions, or describe problems. The author(s) will be able to discuss the paper informally with others at the workshop and will be invited to give a short presentation on their work.

FULL PAPERS: (max 10 pages). These should report work in progress or completed work. Authors of full papers that are accepted by the Programme Committee will be invited to give a talk on the paper.

Submissions should be made in PDF and follow the Springer LNCS/LNAI style template – see the official website for further information:

Paper submission will take place through the EasyChair web site:

The site is open for submissions.


The workshop does not consider official proceedings but we plan to publish selected papers in high-quality journals. Further information will be shared on the workshop website, social media and mailing lists.


Gabriella Cortellessa
Institute for Cognitive Science and Technologies (ISTC)
National Research Council (CNR), Italy

Roberta Bevilacqua

Laura Fiorini
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Italy

Alessandro Umbrico
Institute for Cognitive Science and Technologies (ISTC)
National Research Council (CNR), Italy

Rainer Wieching
University of Siegen, Germany


  • Stefania Bandini, University Bicocca
  • Barbara Bruno, EPFL
  • Filippo Cavallo, University of Florence
  • Amedeo Cesta, CNR-ISTC
  • Riccardo De Benedictis, CNR-ISTC
  • Francesca Fracasso, CNR-ISTC
  • Alessandro Leone, CNR-IMM
  • Elvira Maranesi, IRCCS INRCA
  • Mauro Marzorati, CNR-ITB
  • Andrea Orlandini, CNR-ISTC
  • Filippo Palumbo, CNR-ISTI
  • Giovanna Rizzo, CNR-ITB
  • Silvia Rossi, University of Naples Federico II


The organization of the workshop is partially supported by:

  • “SocIal ROBOTics for active and healthy ageing” (SI-ROBOTICS) project funded by the Italian “Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca” under the framework “PON – Ricerca e Innovazione 2014-2020”, Grant Agreement ARS01 01120.
  • Pilots for Healthy and Active Aging – Pharaon Project, European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 857188.
  • European-Japanese Virtual Coach for Smart Ageing – e-Vita Project, European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme in cooperation with Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC) , under Grant Agreement No 101016453
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