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Type Workshop
Categoryies (tags) Uncategorized
Dates 2020/06/04 - 2020/06/04
Link https://handovers.gitlab.io/icra2020-handovers/
Address Online (BST)
Abstract due 2020/05/08
Submission deadline 2020/05/08
Final version due
Notification date 2020/05/15
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Dear all,

We would like to invite you to submit extended abstracts to the interdisciplinary workshop on human-robot handovers to be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020. Due to ICRA having been moved online, the organising committee of the workshop on human-robot (and robot-human) handovers decided to have the workshop on human-robot handovers take place virtually on the same date as originally planned.

Please note that this workshop is deliberately designed to be interdisciplinary and targets researchers beyond robotics such as researchers in conversation analysis or similar analytical practices that work on the analysis of handovers or similar joint action tasks.

  • Date: Thursday, 4th of June 2020
  • Time: tbd
  • Location: online
  • Submission deadline: May 08th
  • Notification due: May 15th

Workshop URL: https://handovers.gitlab.io/icra2020-handovers/


Human-robot (and robot-human) handovers are a likely occurrence in many areas of robotics ranging from industrial human-robot collaboration to clinical settings where a robot may act as a scrub nurse. While progress has been made devising handover controllers for face-to-face laboratory setups, less effort went into real-world scenarios such as the surgical setting. For example, some scenarios may require robots to occasionally take the initiative such as a co-bot handing tools to a human co-worker which may guide an inexperienced co-worker in certain situations. Others, such as the surgical theatre setting, embody asymmetrical “master-slave” relationships, where overt robotic initiative is less appropriate. There, a differentiated understanding of the task at hand seems to be as important as the recognition of the surgeon’s intent. Can we conceive of a handover controller that is flexible enough to accommodate the majority of situations? What other differences will need to be addressed when moving from laboratory settings to real-world applications? Collaboration with humans has been called the next frontier in robotics, and handovers will play an important part. To address this challenge, this workshop brings together roboticists, HRI researchers, joint action specialists, and researchers from sociology and ethnomethodology that have analysed handover tasks.

We are soliciting extended abstracts that are likely to generate interesting discussions with topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

computational and/or robotic modelling of human-robot handovers* empirical studies on human-robot handovers* sensing for handover processes or closely related forms of joint-actions including force and tactile sensing communicative alignment and coordination during handovers or closely related forms of joint action sensorimotor communication (SMC) during handovers or closely related forms of joint action conversation analyses of human-human or human-robot handovers* studies using alternative analytical techniques such as behavioural coding analysing handover processes or other, closely related forms of joint actions cognitive modelling of handovers and other closely related forms of joint actions shared control or similar models of handovers or closely related processes

  • The term ’human-robot handovers’ is always meant to implicitly include ‘robot-human handovers’

= Submissions::

We invite the submission of extended abstracts of up to 2 pages. The formatting requirements of the extended abstracts should conform to those of IEEE/ICRA contributed papers. The submissions will be reviewed by the organisers. The precise format of presentation will be announced closer to the time.

Authors may be invited to submit full-length manuscripts to a special issue in a leading journal in human-robot interaction such as the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction.

Submission URL: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/ICRA2020

Invited Speakers:

  • Christian Heath (King’s College, London)
  • Aude Billard (EPFL Lausanne)
  • Anca Dragan (UC Berkeley)
  • Robert Haschke (University of Bielefeld, tbc)
  • Francesco Donnarumma (ISTC-CNR, Rome)
  • Tamara Lorenz (University of Cincinnati, tbc)
  • Rachid Alami (LAAS-CNR, Toulouse)
  • Dana Kulić (Monash University, Clayton)
  • Ali Shafti (Imperial College, London)


  • Frank Förster (Queen Mary University of London & University of Hertfordshire)
  • Theodoros Stouraitis (University of Edinburgh)
  • Lorenzo Jamone (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Kaspar Althoefer (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Angelo Cangelosi (University of Manchester)
  • Matthias Kerzel (University of Hamburg)
  • Sethu Vijayakumar (University of Edinburgh)

For questions please contact f.p.foerster at qmul.ac.uk