Socialware in human-robot interaction for symbiotic society

Recent advances in the robotic technologies enable us to more conveniently build social robots that can act in real world. Especially, the standardized hardware and software platforms such as ROS allows for the development of social robots effectively. On the other hand, we still have difficulty in designing social behavior of the robots since we have to hardcode even such common knowledge as morality into them. To facilitate the human-robot symbiotic presence in the society, it is important to develop a middleware that helps us implement social behavior for social robots to work in our society in an appropriate manner.

This workshop will propose fundamental design paradigms for social behaviors as “socialware” and discuss how we should design them for social robot, bringing together leading researchers from Robotics, Computer Science, Engineering, Cognitive science, and Psychology. Our aim is to open formal discussion on the fundamental components of socialware, thereby sharing ideas on how we can design socialware for social robots that interact with people in our society.

Date: 6th October 2019

Place: Matsugasaki Campus, Kyoto Institute of Technology (

This workshop is supported by JST CREST Symbiotic Interaction.


  • 14:30-14:35: Opening (Masahiro Shiomi)
  • 14:35-15:05: KEYNOTE Masahiro Kobayashi (Hanamizuki Law Office , Japan)
          • Title: Legal Problems with Biometric Technology for Estimating Emotions, Meanings, Personalities, and Capabilities
  • 15:05-15:35: Soheil Keshmiri (ATR, Japan)
          • Title: HRI and the Aging Society: Recent Findings on the Utility of Embodied Media for Stimulating the Brain Functioning
  • 15:35-15:55: Coffee Break
  • 15:55-16:25: Takayuki Kanda (Kyoto University, Japan)
          • Title: Human-Robot Interaction for Symbiotic Robots in a Public Space
  • 16:25-16:55: Tatsuya Nomura (Ryukoku University, Japan)
          • Title: Influences of Anxiety in Human-Robot Interaction
  • 16:55-17:15: Break
  • 17:15-17:45: Takamasa Iio (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
          • Title: Field trials of social companion robot in exhibitions
  • 17:45-18:15: Hidenobu Sumioka (ATR, Japan)
          • Title: The influence of virtual Hug in human-human interaction
  • 18:15-18:20: Closing (Masahiro Shiomi)