Intelligent Service Robotics invites papers for a Special Issue on Social Human-Robot Interaction for Human-Care Robots.

Social human-robot interaction aims to replicate human intelligence for interpersonal communication so that robots can communicate with human users in a more natural and safe way – a human way. It is well perceived that social interaction significantly promotes efficacy of personal robot services in various areas e.g. telepresence, elderly-care, rehabilitation, education, intervention therapy and guidance. Moreover, recent studies increasingly have provided interesting clues that social interaction improves productivity, promotes safety and reduces users’ psychological tension while working with professional service robots e.g. industrial collaborative robots, delivery robots and multi-or-swarm robots. It is our mission with this special issue to introduce recent work done in designing, implementing and validating technical approaches to realize social human-robot interaction.

The purpose of this special issue is to explore how social robots can interact with humans socially and facilitate the integration of service robots. This special issue focuses on three social aspects of human-robot interaction: (1) technical implementation of social robots and products, (2) form, function and behavior of social robots, and (3) human behavior and expectations as a means to understand the social aspects of interacting with these robots and products. Papers are solicited on all areas directly related to these topics, including but not limited to:

  • Core technologies for social human-robot interaction
     ○  Social perception and context awareness

     ○  Short/long-term behaviour recognition
     ○  Social expression and interactive behavior
     ○  Social task modelling and management
     ○  Social grasping and navigation skills
     ○  Social humanoid robot design
     ○  Human-robot interaction design
     ○  Emotion recognition and model design
     ○  Dialogue based interaction
     ○  Machine learning approaches for social human-robot interaction
     ○  Building datasets for training robots social intelligence
     ○  Personalisation of social behaviors of service robots
     ○  Long-term interaction and relationship development
  • Definitions and taxonomy of social capabilities for robots
  • Software architecture and system integration for social robot intelligence
  • Materials, process and measures to assess social intelligence of robots
  • Ethical impacts of social human-robot interactions
  • Applications such as healthcare, receptionist, education

Submission Instructions

Authors should prepare their papers based on template provided by Springer (

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: October 30, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: December 31, 2020
  • Revised paper submission: February 28, 2021
  • Final notification of acceptance: April 30, 2021

Journal Information

Editorial Team

  • Senior Editor: Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea (choihyoukryeol[at]
  • Guest Editor: Minsu Jang, ETRI, Korea (minsu[at] 
  • Guest Editor: Ho Seok Ahn, University of Auckland, New Zealand (hs.ahn[at]
  • Guest Editor: Jongsuk Choi, KIST, Korea (pristine70[at]
  • Guest Editor: Franziska Kirstein, Blue Ocean Robotics (fk[at]
  • Guest Editor: Luis Yoichi Morales, Standard Cognition, Nagoya University (yoichims[at]