About the workshop

This workshop is a half-day workshop held on October 15, 2019 during the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Toronto, Canada. Further scheduling details will be announced at a later date.


One main goal of robotics is to aid or replace humans in dangerous or mundane tasks. This goal is best achieved through the creation of the universal helper, which would be able to aid humans in any general task, as opposed to having many specialized robots such as robotic vacuum cleaners. The anthropomorphic nature of humanoid robots makes them ideal partners for interacting and collaborating with humans, as humans are used to working with other humans in environments primarily designed for humans. Although an important aspect in humanoid robotic research, interaction and collaboration are aspects of humanoid robots not yet widely studied. Inter-humanoid robot collaboration expands their utility, allowing them to function in teams. Humanoid robot interaction and collaboration is a complex matter, encompassing many different aspects of robotics each with their own challenging and unique problems: from low level stability and control, to higher level interaction planning, and even inter-agent communication. Thus, we beg to ask the following questions:

  • How can humanoid robots interact and collaborate better with humans, or vice versa?
  • How can humanoid robots interact and collaborate better between themselves?
  • What can be learned and inferred from studying human-human, human-humanoid, or humanoid-humanoid interactions, and can one provide insights on the others?

This workshop aims to bring together researchers engaged in humanoid robot interaction and collaboration research to discuss the unique challenges and solutions currently in the field, and discuss the directions in which this field should progress. The goal would be also to connect researchers who focus on the mathematics of humanoid robot interaction, to those who study the more human side robot interaction: emotions, perception, and trust, and how they can be reflected in robot control. The workshop will feature three modalities to foster open-ended discussions: a small question period after each talk, a poster session during coffee breaks, and a panel discussion at the end of the workshop that will feature some questions solicited from researchers in the field ahead of time.

If there are any particular questions or topics you wish to be discussed during the panel discussion, please forward them to Chris Wong christopher (dot) wong2 (at) usherbrooke (dot) ca and we will try to incorporate them into the discussion.

Topics of interest

  • Human-humanoid and humanoid-humanoid collaboration
  • Interaction sensing and control
  • Collaborative task planning
  • Human-robot communication (verbal, non-verbal, body language, emotion, etc)
  • Collaboration safety and stability
  • Leader-follower and intention detection paradigms
  • Collaboration performance and benchmarking

Workshop Schedule

13:40 – 13:45OrganizersWelcome and Opening Remarks
13:45 – 14:15Arash Ajoudani (IIT)Role allocation and effort coordination in mixed human-robot teams
14:15 – 14:45Gentiane Venture (TUAT)How to conduct HRI experiments in unstructured environments
14:45 – 15:15Gordon Cheng (TUM) Multi-contact skin-based humanoid physical interaction
15:15 – 15:30Taisuke Kobayashi (NAIST)Towards Walking Control during Multi-Contacts Human-Humanoid Interaction
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:30Serena Ivaldi (INRIA Nancy Grand-Est)Prediction and learning for human-humanoid collaboration
16:30 – 17:00Abderrahmane Kheddar (LIRMM) Perspectives on human-humanoid physical interactions
17:00 – 17:30Wael Suleiman (UdeS) Towards Autonomous Robot-Robot Tasks
17:30 – 18:00AllDiscussion

Call for Papers

As part of this workshop to encourage dialogue between researchers, and especially students, we welcome participants to submit a 1-2 page paper in the IEEE Transactions double-column format as part of the workshop session. Accepted papers will have the opportunity to present their work as a poster along with a 1-2 minute teaser presentation to highlight their poster prior to the poster session. Accepted papers will be made available on the workshop website.

  • Paper submission deadline: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019
  • Notification date: Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
  • Workshop date: Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Please submit your papers to Chris Wong: christopher (dot) wong2 (at) usherbrooke (dot) ca

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