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From: Mary-Anne Williams <>
Subject: CFP: Social Robotics 2012
Date: April 1, 2012 3:55:06 PM EDT
To: Mary-Anne Williams <>


Please help to circulate the Call for Papers for the up and coming International Social Robotics Conference. This conference is building an exciting community in Social Robotics and gaining considerable momentum around a high impact topic. 

Muchibus thankibus,



International Conference on Social Robotics

29th - 31st October 2012, Chengdu China

Call for Papers

The theme of the 2012 conference is "Wellness." This theme gives focus on the potential and capabilities of social robots to assist humans achieve better physical, mental and emotional health and wellness. The conference aims to foster discussion on the development of computational models, robotic embodiments, and behavior that enable social robots to have an impact on the human partner's health and well-being.

Important Dates

Invited Session Proposal Submission: 1 April 2012
Paper Submission: 1 May 2012
Notification: 15 July 2012
Camera Ready Papers: 15 August 2012
Conference: 29-31 October 2012

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

> Exoskeletons in human-robot interactions

> Robots to assist persons with disabilities

> Socially assistive robotics

> Applications in health care and aged care

> Rehabilitation robotics

> Biomechatronics, neuro-robotics, and biomedical robotics

> Affective and cognitive sciences for socially interactive robots

> Personal robots for the home

> Human-robot interaction and robot-robot interaction

> Social acceptance and impact in the society

> Robot ethics in human society

> Context awareness, expectation and intention understanding

> Design philosophies and socially appealing design methodologies

> Human factors and ergonomics in human-robot interactions

> Intelligent control and artificial intelligence for social robotics

> Information acquisition and decision making

> Interaction and collaboration between robots, humans and environments

> Multimodal sensor fusion and communication

> Compliance, safety and compatibility in the design of social robots "living” with humans

> Software architecture and development tools

> Models of human and animal social behavior as applied to robots

> Applications in education, entertainment and gaming

Selected papers will be invited for publication as a Special Issue in the International Journal of Social Robotics.

Organizing Committees

General Chairs

Shuzhi Sam Ge University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and National University of Singapore

Oussama Khatib Stanford University, USA

Program Chairs

John-John Cabibihan National University of Singapore, Singapore

Reid Simmons Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Mary-Anne Williams University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Organizing Committee Chair

Kaiyu Qin University of Electronics Science and Technology of China

Publicity Chair

Guido Herrmann University of Bristol, UK

Publication Chair

Martin Saerbeck Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Special Session Chairs

Gordon Cheng Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany

Adriana Tapus École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, France

Robot Design Competition Chairs

Tay Hwang Jian Adrian Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Ho Seok Ahn Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Korea

International Advisory Board

Ronald Arkin Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Jong-Hwan Kim Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Haizhou Li Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Maja J Matarić University of Southern California, USA

Tzyh Jong Tarn Washington University in St. Louis, USA, and Tsinghua University, China

International Program Committee 

Arvin Agah
Brenna Argall
Kai O. Arras
Luca Brayda
Frank Broz
Maria Chiara Carrozza
Ryad Chellali
Xiaoping Chen
Gamini Dissanayake
Kerstin Severinson-Eklundh
Jaap Ham
Takayuki Kanda
Kolja Kühnlenz
Bruce MacDonald
Ben Robins
Selma Šabanović
Miguel A Salichs
Wing Chee So
Aaron Steinfeld
Yeow Kee Tan
Keng Peng Tee
Andrea Thomaz
Astrid Weiss
Agnieszka Wykowska
Wenzeng Zhang
Xianggang Zhang

Professor Mary-Anne Williams 
Associate Dean (Research and Development)
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
University of Technology, Sydney
Research and Development Office
Building 2 Level 7 Room 7092
P.O. 123 Broadway NSW 2007 Australia
Phone: + 61 2 9514 2663 (Gunasmin)
Facsimile: + 61 2 9514 2868