Welcome to IEEE RO-MAN 2020 in Naples

The 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2020, will be held in Naples, Italy, from August 31 to September 4, 2020.

This conference is a leading forum where state-of-the-art innovative results, the latest developments as well as future perspectives relating to robot and human interactive communication are presented and discussed.

The conference covers a wide range of topics related to Robot and Human Interactive Communication, involving theories, methodologies, technologies, empirical and experimental studies. Papers related to the study of the robotic technology, psychology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, human factors, ethics and policies, interaction-based robot design and other topics related to human-robot interaction are welcome.

Conference theme:

Robots with Heart, Mind, and Soul

The fruitful interaction of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics is currently leading the Robot and Human Interactive Communication community towards new frontiers where perceptual, reasoning, manipulation, and interaction capabilities are effectively deployed in real word applications.

Still, there are several research challenges to be addressed. Firstly, the robot mind can be enhanced by a heart, so social and emotional capabilities are required to complement every single robotic functionality. It is not just a matter of performing an interaction task correctly, but mainly of performing such tasks in a way that is believable and acceptable to humans.
The user's experience with the robot is key to its large-scale adoption. Companies need to build solutions rooted in a deeper analysis of humans' specificities.
At the same time, academia needs to nurture the development of an extended research community with a set of interdisciplinary skills to investigate the required robot's capabilities for interactive communication with human beings, for defining decision, machine learning algorithms, and cognitive architectures to appropriately adapt the robot's behavior to the social context.

Finally, such new bootstrap in robotic technologies for everyday life will require a soul, so to address social, legal, and ethical issues that arise by the uptake robots in personal domains, as such skills are fundamental to achieve technological innovation which aligns with social, ethical and legal values, in the direction of an ELSE (Ethical, Legal, Social, and Economic) Robotics. Works that address open research problems with a clear view of the practical application, both from the point of view of a direct realization in the market and from the point of view of possible implications of such technologies are welcome.

The main conference will host presentations of original contributions including new methods, studies, designs, theories, and applications of Human-Robot Interactive Communication systems and technologies surrounding it. The workshops, tutorials, and interactive sessions will provide an opportunity for participants from academia and industry to focus on prospective topics. Expert Keynote speakers from academia, industry, end users and policy-making bodies will give plenary talks about emerging technologies, methods, R&D and Technological barriers to market in the domain. Special sessions will target specific topics and audiences.

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