October 14 – 18, 2019 

New Delhi, India

The IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2019) invites papers for a Workshop on Social Human-Robot Interaction of Human-care Service Robots.

Service robots with social intelligence are coming to the human world, and they will help us to make our lives better. We are organizing an exciting workshop at RO-MAN 2019 that is oriented towards sharing the ideas of participants with diverse backgrounds ranging from Human-Robot Interaction design, social intelligence, decision making, social psychology and robotic skills. The purpose of this workshop is to explore how social robots can interact with humans socially and facilitate the integration of social robots into our daily lives.

This workshop will focus on the current advances in the area of social Human-Robot Interaction, social intelligence, social skills, and their applications including clinical evaluations, user studies exploring consumer acceptance of social robots, and so on. Papers are solicited on all areas directly related to these topics, including but not limited to:

  • 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
  • User evaluation
  • Applications such as healthcare, receptionist, education

Authors should prepare their papers based on template provided by IEEE (LaTex template or Microsoft Word template). All papers must be written in English and submitted electronically in A4 PDF format. Submission links are now available on

Submission Instructions

We invite short papers of 2-4 pages in the standard double-column IEEE RO-MAN conference format. Submissions should be in accordance with the topics of interest, and they will be available on the workshop’s website:

Email your papers to Ho Seok Ahn ( by the submission due.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: August 1, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2019
  • Final camera-ready manuscript: October 1, 2019
  • Final slide/poster file: October 1, 2019

Workshop Program 

  • 09:00 – 09:10 Greeting & Opening
  • 09:10 – 09:40 Invited Talk #1: Franziska Kirstein, Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark
  • 09:40 10:40 Interactive Session 
  • 10:40 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 11:30 Invited talk #2: Ben Robins, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • 11:30 12:00 Invited talk #3: Anna-Maria Velentza, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • 12:00  12:25 Invited talk #4: Minsu Jang, ETRI, Republic of Korea
  • 12:25 – 12:50 Invited talk #5: Jongsuk Choi, KIST, Republic of Korea
  • 12:50 13:00 Closing

Technical papers (Interactive session)

  • Development of intuitive teaching interface for shared-autonomous grasping control [Teaser]  
    Yunjoo Kim, Woojong Kim, Seongwoong Hong, Seulki Kyeong, Jirou Feng, and Jung Kim (KAIST, Republic of Korea)
  • A Robust Position Estimation Algorithm under Unusual Large Range Errors  [Teaser] 
    Moonki Kim, and Doik Kim (KIST, Republic of Korea)
  • Text-based Social Dialogue Strategy Recognizer for Social Robots  [Teaser] 
    Gyeore Lee, Seoyoung Lee, Yoonseob Lim, and Jongsuk Choi (KIST, Republic of Korea)
  • A Spoken Dialogue System using Extended Hybrid Code Network in the Context of Hospital Receptionist Robot [Teaser] 
    Eui Jun Hwang, Byeong Kyu Ahn, Bruce A. Macdonald, and Ho Seok Ahn (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Identity, Gender, and Age Recognition Convergence System for Robot Environments [Teaser]  
    Jaewoo Jang (ETRI, Republic of Korea)
  • TeachMe: Three-Phase Learning Framework for Robotic Motion Imitation based on Interactive Teaching and Reinforcement Learning [Teaser] 
    Taewoo Kim (ETRI, Republic of Korea)

Conference Information

Workshop Organizers

  • Ho Seok Ahn, University of Auckland, New Zealand (hs.ahn[at]
  • Jongsuk Choi, KIST, Republic of Korea (pristine70[at]
  • Hyungpil Moon, SungKyunKwan University, Republic of Korea (hyungpil[at]
  • Minsu Jang, ETRI, Republic of Korea (minsu[at]
  • Sonya S. Kwak, KIST, Republic of Korea (
  • Yoonseob Lim, KIST, Republic of Korea (yslim[at]