Topic Group Natural Interaction with Social Robots

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Key Activities

NISR-TG Coordinators:

NISR-TG Contact:

If you would like to join the NISR-TG, please contact: k.dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk.

Motivation for Topic Group:

At the core of the Natural Interaction with Social Robots Topic Group (NISR-TG) stands the detailed investigation of the social and affective interaction between people and social robots. Another central aspect concerns the mechanisms that allow robots to coordinate their behaviour with other robots and with people and to use verbal and non-verbal means of communication to facilitate effective and ‘natural’ collaboration and cooperation. Therefore, the goal of the NISR-TG is to provide robot technologies that ease and enhance communication with people, objects and with other robots. In order to achieve these objectives, the NISR-TG will adopt an inherently multidisciplinary approach whereby considerations of the evolution and development of social skills in humans and non-human animals play an important role. Specifically, we propose that future robotic technology needs to close the loop between multimodal perception (understanding social agents such as humans in their environment) and robot actions, not only in short term exchanges but also in long-term interactions toward a society in which robots contribute to human assistance, quality of life, dignity and well-being.

Relevant links:

  • More information on what topic groups are
  • European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2014, 12-14 March 2014, Rovereto, Italy.
  • euRobotics AISBL
  • Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)
  • Initial version Multi-annual Roadmap (MAR)
  • Technology Readiness Levels
  • updated version of MAR
  • List of members:

    Member number: Member organisation name (Member short name), Contact person, Country

    1: University of Twente (UT) Vanessa Evers, Manja Lohse, Khiet Truong, the Netherlands
    2: University of Hertfordshire (UH) Kerstin Dautenhahn, UK
    3: EPFL (EPFL) Aude Billard, Francesco Mondada, Switzerland
    4: Bielefeld University (BFL) Britta Wrede, Germany
    5: Imperial College London (ICL) Maja Pantic, Björn Schuller, United Kingdom
    6: Salzburg University (PLUS) Manfred Tscheligi, Austria
    7: University Paris-Sorbonne IV (UPS) Laurence Devillers, France
    8: Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) Emila Barakova, Raymond H. Cuijpers, the Netherlands
    9: University of Bergen (UIB) Roger Strand, Norway
    10: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Paul Verschure, Spain
    11: University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) Mohamed Chetouani, David Cohen, France
    12: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Tamim Asfour, António B. Moniz, Maria Schmidt, Germany
    13: University of Siena (UNISI) Patrizia Marti, Italy
    14: University of Birmingham (BHAM) Ansgar Koene, United Kingdom
    15: University of Sheffield (SHEF) Roger Moore, Tony Prescott, Amanda Sharkey, United Kingdom
    16: Universidade de Lisboa, Ana Paiva, Aamir Ahmad, Helena Moniz, Isabel Trancoso, Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira, Portugal
    17: Giraff Technologies (GT) Stephen Von Rump, Sweden
    18: University of Plymouth (PLYM) Angelo Cangelosi, Tony Belpaeme, Frank Broz, United Kingdom
    19: University of Cambridge (CAM) Peter Robinson, United Kingdom
    20: University of Hamburg (UHH) Kerstin Fischer, Germany
    21: Pablo de Olavide University (UPO) Luis Merino, Spain
    22: Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) Verena Hafner, Germany
    23: French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Rachid Alami, France
    24: Idiap Research Institute (IDIAP) Daniel Gatica-Perez, Switzerland
    25: Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) Raja Chatila, France
    26: Second University of Naples (SUN) Anna Esposito, Italy
    27: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (UFR) Maren Bennewitz, Christian Becker-Asano, Germany
    28: Utrecht University (UU) Madeleine de Cock Buning, the Netherlands
    29: Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) Alberto Sanfeliu Cortes, Spain
    30: Jacobs University Bremen (JUB) Arvid Kappas, Germany
    31: Telecom ParisTech (TPT) Catherine Pelachaud, France
    32: University of Udine (UUDI) Leopoldina Fortunati, Italy
    33: KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Christopher Peters, Sweden
    34: Vienna University of Technology (TUWien) Astrid Weiss, Austria
    35: University of Lincoln (UL) Marc Hanheide, UK
    36: ENSTA - ParisTech (ENSTA) Adriana Tapus, France
    37: Kontor 46 s.a.s., Paolo Barattini, Italy,
    38: Morena engineering (Morena) Nikola Petrovic, Serbia
    39: University of Liverpool (UL) Simon Parsons, UK
    40: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA) Filippo Cavallo, Italy
    41: University of Edinburgh (UE) Claudia Pagliari, Scotland
    42: Kaunas University of Technology (KUT) Rytis Maskeliunas, Lithuania
    43: Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) Marcin Skowron, Austria
    44: Aldebaran, Amit Kumar Pandey, France
    45: University of Florence (UNIFI) Paolo Nesi, Italy
    46: Universität Duisburg-Essen (UNIDUE) Nicole Krämer, Germany
    47: Bahcesehir University, Çi?dem Ero?lu Erdem, Turkey
    48: University of Haifa, Sara Rosenblum , Israel
    49: Umea University, Roy Someshwar, Sweden
    50: CNR Santé, Consuelo Granata, France
    51: New Bulgarian University, Maurice Grinberg, Bulgaria
    52: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Németh Géza, Hungary
    53: Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Carl Vogel, Ireland
    54: Télécom ParisTech, Gérard Chollet, France
    55: National Research Council (CNR), Giuliana Ramella, Italy
    56: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft ) Joost Broekens, Koen Hindriks , the Netherlands
    57: University of Warwick (UW) Sotaro Kita , UK
    58: University of Naples "Parthenope", Angelo Ciaramella, Italy
    59: Universidad del País Vaso, Karmele López de Ipiña, Spain
    60: University of Cope, Costanza Navarretta, Denmark
    61: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Bram Vanderborght, Belgium
    62: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Christian Becker-Asano, Germany
    63: Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) Giulio Sandini, Alessandra Sciutti, Ryad Chellali, Italy
    64: Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies  -National Research Council (ISTC) Cristiano Castelfranchi, Italy
    65: Bogazici University, Albert Ali Salah, H. Levent Akin, Turkey
    66: Heriot-Watt University (HWU) Heriberto Cuayáhuitl, Katrin Solveig Lohan, Scotland
    67: Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR-UC) Paulo Menezes, Portugal
    68: Politecnico di Milano, Andrea Bonarini, Italy
    69: Universitat Jaume I, Angel P. del Pobil, Spain
    70: Adele Robots, Celestino Alvarez, Spain
    71: University College London (UCL) Rui C. V. Loureiro, UK
    72: Technical University Munich (TUM) Dongheui Lee, Germany
    73: Univ. Carlos III, Miguel A. Salichs, Spain
    74: Idiap Research Ins (IDIAP) Sylvain Calinon, Switzerland
    75: University Pablo de Olavide, Jose L. Salmeron, Spain
    76: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Yulia Sandamirskaya, Germany
    77: European Center for Artificial Human Intelligence (ECAHI) Walter Ratjen, Germany
    78: RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) Stefan Schiffer, Germany
    79: University of Geneva (UNIGE) Guillaume Chanel, Switzerland
    80: TU Darmstadt (TUD) Serena Ivaldi, Germany
    81: Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Hatice Kose, Turkey
    82: University of Hradec Králové (UHK) Karel Mls, Czech Republic
    83: Sony CSL Paris, Michael Spranger, France
    84: University of Erfurt, Afifa El Bayed, Germany
    85: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) Agnieszka Wykowska, Germany
    86: University of Grenoble (UG) Gerard Bailly, France
    87: Technical University of Kosice (TUKE) Jan Vašcák, Peter Sincak, Maria Vircik, Slovakia
    88: Megatrend University, Milan Gnjatovic, Serbia
    89: Ulmenau University of Technology (TUIlmenau) Horst-Michael Gross, Germany
    90: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC BarcelonaTECH) Cecilio Angulo, Spain
    91: University of Udine (UNIUD) Leopoldina Fortunati, Italy
    92: University of Glasgow (GLA) Alessandro Vinciarelli, Scotland
    93: University of Bologna (UNIBO) Alessia Tessari, Silvia Vecchi, Michela Cozzi, Italy
    94: Vilanova i la Geltrú Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) Marta Díaz Boladeras, Spain
    95: Uppsala University (UU) Ginevra Castellano, Sweden
    96: Fundación Cartif (CARTIF) Eduardo Zalama, Samuel Marcos Pablos, Spain
    97: National Research Council of Italy (CNR) Amedeo Cesta, Gabriella Cortellessa, Italy
    98: Intelligent Systems Group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Teena Hassan, Jens Garbas, Germany
    99: Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, Pim Haselager, the Netherlands
    100: Matthias Gallé, Xerox Research Europe