The areas of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and robot learning are tightly coupled. Interaction has been used to enhance robotic learning from people, providing methods for quickly learning new actions/tasks, understanding constraints, bootstrapping computational approaches, and providing context to what the robot learns. Similarly, learning has been used to improve HRI, providing a means for the robot to learn better models of social interaction, to improve collaboration, and lead to better overall interaction.

Contributions have been made in either subfield: (i) interaction to aid learning and (ii) learning to interact. However, there is little work which lies at their intersection. Additionally, work in one subfield may benefit the other; synergy between these two research directions could result in a robotic system which learns to better interact with humans and is thereby more likely to achieve its learning goals.

Our aim is to bring together experts from these two topics (both learning for interaction and interacting to aid learning). In doing so, we expect to:

  • Identify interesting problems on each side that would relate to the other and explore how each contributes to goal-oriented social interaction, improved learning performance, and/or better collaboration
  • Identify problems which are best addressed using a dual-focus on learning and interaction
  • Develop a synergy between learning for interaction and interactive learning, identifying practical ways in which research in each direction can benefit from the other
  • Brainstorm about potential future directions to take to address the duality of the identified research problems


Room: 122

Welcome and Introduction: 09:00-09:10

Session 1: 09:10 - 10:00

09:10-09:45 Invited Speaker: Sidd Srinivasa

9:45-10:00 Paper Presentation:

Coffee Break: 10:00-10:30

Coffee/Setup posters

Session 2: 10:30 - 12:30

10:30-11:05 Invited Speaker: Andrea L. Thomaz

11:05-11:35 Paper Presentations:

11:35-12:10 Invited Speaker: Ross Knepper

Lunch: 12:10 - 14:00

Session 3: 14:00 - 16:00

14:00-14:35 Invited Speaker: Sylvain Calinon

14:35-15:20 Paper Presentations

15:20-15:55 Invited Speaker: Heni Ben Amor

15:55-16:00 Additional Poster Setup time

Coffee Break: 16:00-16:30

Session 4: 16:30 - 1730

16:30-17:15 Poster Session

17:15-17:30 Closing Remarks


Asst. Prof. Barış Akgün, Koc University

Kalesha Bullard, Georgia Institute of Technology

Vivian Chu, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tesca Fitzgerald, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Matthew Gombolay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Chien-Ming Huang, Yale University

Prof. Brian Scassellati, Yale University

Topics of Interest

  • Interactive Learning
    • Learning from Demonstration
    • Imitation learning
    • Active learning
    • Human-guided model refinement
    • Interpreting human feedback for learning
  • Learning to Interact
    • Learning and acting according to user models/preferences
    • Learning social interaction models
    • Learning turn-taking or communication strategies
    • Measuring and optimizing for user satisfaction
  • Intersection of Interactive Learning and Learning-guided Interaction
    • Learning for and from human-robot collaboration
    • Learning and expressing transparency during goal-directed interaction
    • Learning to act and interact from natural language

Invited Speakers

Ross Knepper, Cornell University

Siddhartha Srinivasa, University of Washington

Andrea Thomaz, University of Texas at Austin

Heni Ben Amor, Arizona State University

Sylvain Calinon, Idiap Research Institute


  • Submission deadline for papers: 8 August 2017 (Extended!)
  • Notification of acceptance: 21 August 2017
  • Camera-ready version: 18 September 2017
  • Workshop: 28 September 2017


We invite several types of contributions:

  • Full length paper: 6 pages max
  • Position paper: 6 pages max
  • Extended abstract: 2 pages max

References do not count towards the page limit.

Author Package: You can use the IEEE RAS Templates (Latex/Word)

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iros17sbli