From Human-Human Joint Action to Human-Robot Joint Action and vice-versa !

Toulouse, France, 4-5 April 2016


For more than a decade, the field of human-robot interaction has generated many valuable contributions of interest to the robotics community at large. The field is vast, going all the way from perception (e.g., tactile or visual) to action (e.g., manipulation, navigation) and decision (e.g., interaction, human-aware planning). However, when it comes to the development of future robot assistants or robotic teammates in mixed human-robot teams, there is a need for a deeper understanding of human-robot joint action that could provide a framework for the different contributions and studies.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together a number of key researchers in robotics, psychology and philosophy who contribute to the topic of Joint Action. This can be a unique opportunity for scientific exchange between these disciplines. In particular, psychologists and philosophers will be given the opportunity to present recent developments in joint action research, while roboticists will be able to discuss the challenges they face with regard to human-robot interaction and more precisely human-robot joint activity.

The aim is to identify the key challenges and to provide a basis for a principled approach to the development of future assistant and/or teammate robots

From a symmetric point of view, collaborative robotics may also be as a mean to develop and implement models in order to conduct new experiments and refine the understanding of Joint Action.