RO-MAN 2016 workshop

Workshop on Communicating Intentions in Human-Robot Interaction
August 31, 2016

in conjunction with the

IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016)

Columbia University
New York

Schedule (still somewhat preliminary)

  • 09:00 – intro
  • 09:05 – keynote 1:  Vicki Charisi & Vanessa Evers“Communicating Intentions in Child-Robot Interaction”
  • 10:00 – Nicolas Rollet, “Exploring Intentionality and Quantified-Self: A Case Study of Epistemic Step Over In Human-Robot Interaction”
  • 10:30 – coffee break
  • 11:00 – Jae Sung Park, “Human Motion Prediction from Noisy Point Cloud Data for Human-Robot Interaction”
  • 11:30 – Paul Hemeren, “Kinematic specification of grasping and social dimensions in hand actions: Human judgment data and machine learning”
  • 12:00 – Stefanos Nikolaidis, “Human-Robot Mutual Adaptation via Assistive Teleoperation”
  • 12:30 – lunch (on your own)
  • 13:30 – keynote 2: Achim Lilienthal & Maike Schindler, “Intention Recognition and Intention Communication – New Tools for Robotics in Industrial Environments and Educational Research”
  • 14:30 – Ravi Chadalavada, “Spatial Augmented Reality and Eye Tracking for Evaluating Human Robot Interaction”
  • 15:00 – coffee break
  • 15:30 – Sean Trott, “Recognizing Intention from Natural Language: Clarification Dialog and Construction Grammar”
  • 16:00 – Azra Habibovic, “Communicating the intent of automated vehicles to their surroundings”
  • 16:30 – closing discussion


  • submission deadline: July 1, 2016 (23:59 PST)
  • notification of acceptance: July 8, 2016
  • workshop date: August 31, 2016

Workshop Background & Motivation

Research in the cognitive sciences, in particular social neuroscience, has in recent years made substantial progress in elucidating the mechanisms underlying the recognition and communication of intentions in natural human-human social interactions and in developing computational models of these mechanisms. However, there is much less research on the mechanisms underlying the human interpretation of the behaviour of artefacts, such as robots or automated vehicles, and the attribution of intentions to such systems.

Furthermore, robots’ recognition of human intentions is arguably a prerequisite for pro-social behaviour, and necessary to engage in, for instance, instrumental helping or mutual collaboration. To develop robots that can interact naturally and effectively with people therefore requires the creation of systems that can perceive and comprehend intentions in other agents.

For research on social interactions between humans and robots/agents in general, and mutual recognition/communication of intentions in particular, it is therefore important to be clear about the theoretical framework and inherent assumptions underlying technological implementations. This also has ramifications for the evaluation of the quality of human-robot interactions.

Overall, the role of intentions in human-robot interaction very much remains an active and growing research area in which further development is necessary, and the purpose of this workshop is to advance the state of the art in that respect. The intended audience consists of researchers from robotics, AI and the cognitive sciences. The focus is on interdisciplinary interaction.

Workshop Structure/Format

The workshop will be centred around three main activities:

  • two keynote presentations to highlight the overall state of the art
  • a number of position/technical paper presentations that deal with specific aspects of the work carried out by workshop participants, and
  • a roundtable discussion that will allow all participants to contribute their thoughts on the state of the art and research challenges.

Presentations will mainly be oral presentations, but we will also consider poster presentations if there are sufficiently many submissions.


Suitable topics for workshop submissions include:

  • mechanisms of intention communication in HRI;
  • machine recognition of human intentions;
  • human recognition/attribution of robot intentions;
  • implications for the evaluation of HRI.

We particularly encourage papers that consider mutual  recognition/communication of intentions (i.e. that consider both human recognition of robot intentions and robot recognition of human intentions in given application contexts), but will also consider papers that deal with uni-directional intention recognition/communication. Papers can be pure position papers, or can substantiate their message with empirical work.


Preliminary proceedings will be published in the “Skövde University Studies in Informatics” technical-report series  (ISSN 1653-2325), but authors can opt out of these proceedings.

Furthermore, we will also guest-edit a special issue/research topic on “Intentions in Human-Robot Interaction for the journal Frontiers in Neurorobotics as a venue for extended papers on the themes of the workshop.

Workshop Organizers