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Winter Term 11/12

Seminar "Topics of Social Robotics"

Social robotics is a growing field concerned with the issue of how humans and robots can better live, work, and interact together. It involves problems of human perception, human behavior modeling, action planning in the presence of humans, or design of socially acceptable human-robot-interfaces. Methods from robotics may be combined with models and insights from social psychology and cognitive science.

In this seminar, the students will choose, read, present and summarize a recent publication in the field of social robotics. In this way, the students learn about state-of-the-art methods in this field, learn to understand and read a paper, improve their presentation and scientific writing skills, and refresh their English.



  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, 16-18 h: The first meeting will be held in room SR 01-016, Geb. 101. We will give an introduction, present the topics and assign the papers to the students.
  • Monday, Jan 30, 2012: A first version of the slides must be sent to the supervisor.
  • Monday, Feb 6, 2012: A first version of the report must be sent to the supervisor.
  • Monday, Feb. 13, 2012: Blockseminar in which all students give their talks, see the schedule below. We'll start at 9:00 s.t. and should be done by 12:40. Room SR 04-007, Geb. 106
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 2012: The final version of the summary report has to be submitted to the supervisor.


  • You have to prepare a talk of 30 minutes and to write a summary.
  • Talk and summary can either be in German or English.
  • The summaries should not exceed 7 pages (latex, a4wide, 11pt). Longer summaries will not be accepted.
  • The final mark is a combination of three factors: presentation (50%), summary report (40%), and active participation during the Blockseminar (10%).
  • Last date to sign up for the exam is February 18, 2012.


The introduction slides contain a one-page summary of the papers. The supervisors (SV) of each paper is given in the SV column using the following acronyms: KOA (Kai Arras), ML (Matthias Luber), LS (Luciano Spinello), CBA (Christian Becker-Asano).







9.00 -9.40

"Learning Navigational Maps by Observing Human Motion Patterns" by S.T. O'Callaghan, S. P. N. Singh, A. Alempijevic, F. T. Ramos, ICRA 2011 [pdf]


Stefan Glaser


9.40 -10.20

"An Anthropomorphic Navigation Scheme for Dynamic Scenarios" by L. Scandolo, T. Fraichard, ICRA 2011 [pdf]


Manuela Ortlieb

10 minutes break



"Planning Safe and Legible Hand-over Motions for Human-Robot Interaction" by J. Mainprice, E. A. Sisbot, T. Simeon, R. Alami, 2010 IARP Workshop [pdf]


Jendrik Seipp



"Tracking-based semi-supervised learning" by A. Teichman, S. Thrun, RSS 2011 [pdf]


Christian Lutz

10 minutes break



"From 3D Scene Geometry to Human Workspace" by A. Gupta, S. Satkin, A. Efros, M. Hebert, CVPR 2011 best paper [pdf]


Arthur Wahl