August 8 – 12, 2021

University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo, Canada

The 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021, will be held in University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo, Canada, from 8 to 12 of August 2021. We invite papers for a Special Session on Social Human-Robot Interaction of 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 special session at RO-MAN 2021 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 special session is to explore how social robots can interact with humans socially and facilitate the integration of social robots.

This special session will focus on the current advances in the area of social Human-Robot Interaction, social intelligence, social skills, and their applications including clinical evaluations. 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

All papers must be written in English and submitted electronically via For the first submission, a manuscript can be of 6-8 pages. For the final submission, a manuscript should be of 6 pages, with 2 additional pages allowed but at an extra charge. All papers are reviewed using a single-blind review process.

Please remember that authors should select our special session when you submit your paper. The code is “5fb76“.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: March 21, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: May 25, 2021
  • Final camera-ready manuscript: June 20, 2021

Conference Information

Special Session Organizers

  • Ho Seok Ahn, CARES, University of Auckland, New Zealand (hs.ahn[at]
  • Jongsuk Choi, KIST, Korea (pristine70[at]
  • Minsu Jang, ETRI, Korea (minsu[at]
  • Jaehong Kim, ETRI, Korea (jhkim504[at]
  • Gentiane Ventures, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, AIST, Japan (venture[at]