IEEE ICRA2023 full-day workshop

SOLAR – Socially-acceptable robots

concepts, techniques, and applications

London, 29 May 2023


Recent advances in robotics have allowed the introduction of robots assisting and working together with humans. To promote their use and widespread adoption, social acceptance of robots should be ensured. Social acceptance can be defined as the capability of a technology to be used in diverse social contexts (such as a postal office or a rehabilitation institute) in such a way that it does not make users feel uncomfortable or out of place following the norms of human social communication, while assisting them effectively.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together roboticists from academia as well as from industry to share their latest developments and vision on socially acceptable robots. To this end, we have identified four main pathways for enhancing social acceptance in the design of next generation robotic systems: user profiling, modeling and understanding, interaction and communication modalities, implementation of socially acceptable behaviors, and characterization of relevant application scenarios.

Discussion will be focused around the following main themes

  1. How can robots model, profile and understand users?
  2. How should interaction and communication happen?
  3. How can socially acceptable robots be implemented?
  4. Where can socially acceptable robots be implemented?

Important dates

Submission deadline: 20th March 2023 extended to 15th April 2023

Notification of paper acceptance: 1st April 2023

Camera-ready version deadline: 30th April 2023

Workshop date: 29th May 2023

Endorsed by

The workshop has received endorsement by the following IEEE RAS Technical Committees:

  • Automation in Health Care Management
  • Cognitive robotics
  • Human-robot interaction and coordination
  • Performance evaluation & benchmarking of robotic and automation systems
  • Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics

The workshop is organized within the EU Horizon Europe project SERMAS (Socially-acceptable Extended Reality Models And Systems, GA n. 101070351):