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H. Lehmann (1), L. Damiano (2) and L. Natale (1)

(1) iCub Facility- Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Genoa, Italy

(2) Research Centre on Complex Systems - Department of Human and Social Sciences - University of Bergamo
Bergamo, Italy


This workshop intends to bring together researchers investigating one or more aspects of behavior coordination in three different research domains: human-human interaction, human-animal interaction, human-robot interaction.

Our goal is to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue directed towards cross-fertilization between these fields, and to stimulate front line research engaged in (a) deepening the scientific understanding of the natural mechanisms underlying behavioral coordination through their robotic modeling; (b) facilitating and enhancing human-robot cooperation on the basis of the implementation of these mechanisms in human-robot interaction.

The workshop aims at involving in this bi-directional transmission of knowledge between the domain of the ‘natural’ and the domain of the ‘artificial’ all the disciplines included in the traditional and in the synthetic study of behavior coordination: cognitive sciences, developmental psychology, developmental anthropology, developmental robotics, primatology, the sciences and the epistemology of self-organization, the sciences and the epistemology of complex systems, social robotics, HRI, etc.

The interdisciplinary discussion on behavior coordination that will take place during the workshop will focus on dyadic behavior, conceived as the basic systemic unit of coordinated behavior, and on some of the key mechanisms for effective coordination currently under exploration, such as joint attention, action observation, task-sharing, action coordination, perception of agency, motor synchronization.

Some of the questions on which the forum will focus are:
  • What are the differences and similarities between human-human and human-animal behavior coordination?
  • What are the underlying mechanisms for behavior coordination?
  • Which aspects of behavior coordination influence human social perception?
  • How can aspects of natural behavior coordination be productively used to facilitate naturalistic Human-Robot Interaction?

Potential target participants and audience

The workshop is directed not only to researchers studying behavior coordination, but also to specialists from other fields who want to learn more about trans-species and technology behavior coordination. The idea is to stimulate the development of a highly interdisciplinary research community working on this topic. We think that the interaction of specialists exploring different aspects of natural and/or artificial behavior coordination could be the starting point for productive collaborative research on communication between biological and artificial systems, and for the development of a reflected and sustainable process of introduction of artificial social partners into our social environments.

Call for participation

We accept submissions in the form of extended abstracts (1000 words including references) and short position papers (2000 words including references).

Extended abstracts will be presented in 15 minutes talks plus questions, position papers will be presented in 25 minutes talks plus questions.

Depending on the number of submissions we will also consider to have poster presentations of selected abstracts.

All abstracts and papers will be peer reviewed in order to ensure that the work is original, high quality, and relevant to the purposes of the workshop.

In particular, we are looking for papers focusing on:
  • Original investigations on behavior coordination between human-human and human-animal interaction and their implications for HRI;
  • Original investigations on behavior coordination between animals and their implications for social technology development;
  • New paradigms of behavior coordination and their implications for the different fields involved;
  • Original applications of mechanisms of behavior coordination in HRI.

Please send your papers to



Time Name Title
9:00 Lorenzo Natale and Hagen Lehmann Introduction
9:10 Takanori Shibata Human’s Subjective Interpretation of Behaviors of Robot through Interaction (30 min + 10 min)
9:50 Guillaume Gibert Living in a robot body to better understand human-human and human-robot coordination (30 min + 10 min)
10:30 Hagen Lehmann Blink-Sync: Mediating Human-Robot Social Dynamics with Naturalistic Blinking Behavior (10 min + 5 min)
Coffee break
11:00 Minoru Asada Design of artificial empathy (30 min + 10 min)
11:40 Ilaria Strazzulla Human-inspired release controller for natural robot to human handover tasks (15 min + 5 min)
12:00 Gerard Bailly Learning joint multimodal behaviors for face-to-face interaction: performance and properties of statistical models (30 min + 10 min)
14:00 Yukie Nagai Prediction Error Minimization: An Underlying Mechanism for the Emergence of Behavioral Coordination (30 min + 10 min)
14:40 Markus Bajones Can you help me here please? (15 min + 5 min)
15:00 Hagen Lehmann Exploring Theory of Mind and Empathy Deficiencies in Children with ASD with the Help of a Humanoid Robot (10 min + 5 min)
15:15 Gabriella Lakatos Dogs as behaviour models of companion robots: How can human-dog interactions help social robotics? (30 min + 10 min)
16:00   Open discussion



This workshop is partially funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-2013-10) under grant agreement n° 612139 (Wysiwyd). Hagen Lehmann acknowledges financial support from the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Program (SICSAR - grant agreement n° 627688).

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