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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR COMMENTARIES: "Social behaviours in dog-owner interactions can serve as a model for designing social robots"

Interaction Studies journal

Social behaviours in dog-owner interactions can serve as a model for designing social robots
Tams Farag, dm Miklsi, Beta Korcsok, Judit Szraz, Mrta Gcsi

has been accepted as a Target Article in the journal Interaction Studies

The article can be accessed here:
Commentaries are invited, up to 2000 words, including references.

Abstract of article:
It is essential for social robots to fit in the human society. In order to facilitate this 
process we propose to use the family dogs social behaviour shown towards humans as an 
inspiration. In this study we explored dogs low level social monitoring in dog-human 
interactions and extracted individually consistent and context dependent behaviours in 
simple everyday social scenarios. We found that proximity seeking and tail wagging were 
most individually distinctive in dogs, while activity, orientation towards the owner, 
and exploration were dependent on the context and/or the activity of the owner. The 
functional analogues of these dog behaviours can be implemented in social robots of 
different embodiments in order to make them acceptable and more believable for humans.

Please send intentions to submit a commentary to Kerstin Dautenhahn ( 
as soon as possible, suggesting a tentative title of the commentary.

Deadline for sending the commentary: 15 June 2013

best regards, Kerstin
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn
Adaptive Systems Research Group
School of Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
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Hatfield Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom
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