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Winter Term 12/13

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 perception of humans, 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 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 or human-robot interaction. 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.



  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 14-16 h: The first meeting will be held in room SR 01-018, Geb. 101. We will give an introduction, present the topics and assign the papers to the students. Here are the introduction slides.
  • Monday, Jan. 28, 2013: A first version of the slides must be sent to the supervisor.
  • Monday, Feb. 4, 2013: A first version of the report must be sent to the supervisor.
  • Monday, Feb. 11, 2013: 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 16 h. Room SR 00-031, Geb. 051
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2013: 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%).


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), CBA (Christian Becker-Asano), ML (Matthias Luber).






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Keepon: A Playful Robot for Research, Therapy and Entertainment by H. Kozima, M.P. Michalowski, C. Nakagawa, Int. Journal Social Robotics, 2009 [pdf]
Does the Design of a Robot Influence its Animacy and Perceived Intelligence by C. Bartneck, T. Kanda, O. Mubin, A. Al Mahmud, Int. Journal Social Robotics, 2009 [pdf]


Stephanie Embgen

6, 10

9.40 - 10.20

Where Robot and Virutal Agents Meet by T. Holz, M. Dragone, G.M.P. O'Hare, Int. Journal Social Robotics, 2009 [pdf]
Robots at Home: Understanding Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction by Cory D. Kidd and Cynthia Breazeal, IROS 2008 [pdf]


Rainer Friederich



Towards Computational Proxemics: Inferring Social Relations from Interpersonal distances by M. Cristani et al., Int. Conf. on Social Computing, 2011 [pdf]


Benedikt Mendorf



Analysis of Human-Robot Spatial Behaviour applying a Qualitative Trajectory Calculus by M. Hanheide, A. Peters, N. Bellotto, RO-MAN, 2012 [pdf] (cancelled)


Thorsten Engesser