Workshop on "Social Norms in Robotics and HRI" at IROS 2015

Date and Time

Submission Deadline: Sunday, 16 August, 2015

Notification: Friday, 4 September 2015

Workshop: Friday, 2 October 2015

Location: Saal B2 (tentative, see Technical Program for eventual updates)


While robots are increasingly good at solving the basic tasks of perception, navigation, and planning, designing interactive and collaborative human-robot behavior is becoming a key factor for the success of robots in human environments. Research in robotics, cognitive science and human-robot interaction (HRI) has typically focussed on the understanding and modeling of individual or pair-wise human-human or human-robot behavior. Social norms, the customary rules that govern behavior in groups, provide an extensively studied framework from the social sciences to represent socially compliant or noncompliant behavior. Enabling robots to understand these concepts is highly relevant for the design of effective and self-improving interactive and collaborative behavior. Ultimately, the workshop is driven by the prospect that the two goals of social compliance (subjective behavior goals) and task efficiency (objective behavior goals) are not mutually contradictory but actually belong together for robots to be successful in human environments.

Example tasks that involve socially normative constraints include perception and analysis of groups of people, multi-party human-robot interaction, navigation through crowds adhering to pedestrian/car traffic rules, or planning joint actions towards shared goals (see also Topics).

The workshop is coorganized by researchers of the FP7-project SPENCER, "Social situationaware perception and action for cognitive robots". We will have a project-internal review process to identify the most relevant research activities within SPENCER to be presented in the workshop. Two slots are reserved for this purpose, marked as "SPENCER talk".

Call for Abstracts

We solicit contributions dedicated or closely related to the workshop topics. Submitted papers can be previously published work or novel contributions. In the first case, the paper should have a minimum amount of novelty (e.g. deeper insights into a technique, further experiments, etc.) and not exceed 3 pages of the standard IEEE paper format (see In the second case, the paper should not exceed 6 pages. Please indicate clearly, which category your paper is (i.e. extended abstract or novel contribution).


Submit your paper(s) via EasyChair until the deadline on August 16, 2015.

The review process will be "light-weight". All accepted papers will be presented as posters during the workshop. In addition, some selected papers will have the opportunity for an oral presentation.


Topics of interest for this workshop include


Registration for the workshop will be through the IROS 2015 Web site.