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AISB event Bulletin Item

TUTORIAL: "Designing Social Behavior for Robots", 27 June 2011, USA
Contact: OR

RSS2011(Robotics: Science and Systems), Los Angeles, California

-- Tutorial Description -- 

This full-day tutorial introduces participants to theories and methods from the social sciences 
that are useful for designing and evaluating socially interactive robots. To assist people socially
and physically, robots must be able to understand and respond appropriately to human social 
behaviors, to effectively employ social and communicative cues, and to be aware of and responsive 
to different social norms and contexts. Furthermore, their success depends on the users subjective
experience and opinion, as well as on objective metrics.  We describe relevant theories from the 
social sciences that can guide robot design, useful methodological approaches including ethnography
 for studying robots in the context of use and experimental design for investigating specific 
mechanisms of social interaction, and the development of computational models for translating 
knowledge from social theory and empirical observations into robot behavior.  The tutorial will 
include hands-on activities and lectures on relevant theories of social behavior, methodologies 
for collecting empirical data about social interaction, and ways to evaluate robots in real-world 
social settings. 

-- Tutorial Website-- 

-- Tutorial Organizers --

Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison ( 
Selma Sabanovic, Indiana University Bloomington (

-- Important Dates --

Early registration by June 1, 2011
Tutorial: June 27, 2011 

If you are planning on attending the tutorial but are not going to be registering early, 
please let us know by emailing Bilge Mutlu at or Selma Sabanovic at This will help us in planning for the tutorial. 

We look forward to seeing you at RSS2011!