RSS 2017 Workshop

Mathematical Models, Algorithms, and Human-Robot Interaction

July 15, 2017 | Boston, MA


Robots are leaving the cages of the industrial manufacturing production lines and the safety of research labs, and moving into the unstructured environments of everyday life. From human-in-the-way to human-in-the-loop, modern robotics problems typically involve robot interactions with and around humans. Solving such problems requires research in complementary areas: algorithmic robotics, such as motion planning and machine learning, and human-robot interaction (HRI), such as cognitive modeling, intention recognition, and activity prediction. Both areas have much to contribute to each other in terms of methods, approaches, and insights, and yet the algorithmic robotics and human-robot interaction communities remain largely disjoint groups. There are four goals for this workshop: to (1) expose approaches from HRI that inform algorithmic models of humans, (2) identify mathematical and algorithmic tools to address HRI problems, (3) encourage conversation between researchers in the areas of HRI and fundamental algorithms for robotics, and (4) raise a series of open questions that fall in the intersection of algorithmic robotics and HRI.

Important Dates

(deadlines are "anywhere on earth")

May 14 May 21
Paper submission deadline (extended!)
June 7
Notification of acceptance
July 8
Camera ready deadline
July 15


We solicit 6 page papers and 2 page extended abstracts (page counts do not include references). Submissions can include original research, position papers, and literature reviews that bridge the research areas for this workshop. Submissions will be externally reviewed, and selected based on technical content and ability to positively contribute to the workshop.

The following list contains some areas of interest, but work in other areas is welcomed:

  • human-robot collaboration
  • shared task planning and scheduling
  • intent from motion
  • legibility and predictability of motion
  • human aware motion planning
  • modeling human intention, trust, and other mental states
  • learning robot control from human demonstration
  • any novel connection between foundational robotics algorithms and HRI

We will accept papers in the official RSS templates (LaTeX and Word). More information about the RSS templates is available here: detailed instructions. Submissions must meet page restrictions (maximum of 6 pages for papers and 2 pages for extended abstracts), but can include additional pages as long as those pages only contain references. Unlike for the main conference, reviewing will not be double blind. Please do not anonymize the submission.

Papers and abstracts should be submitted through EasyChair at the following link:



The workshop will take place in 36-156. Map of the workshop buildings (we are in building 36).

Invited Speakers

Julie Shah, MIT

Anca Dragan, UC Berkeley

David Hsu, National University of Singapore

Laurel Riek, University of San Diego

Dieter Fox, University of Washington

Schedule Overview

Time Topic Speaker
9:30 - 9:40am Welcome and introduction Oren Salzman
9:40 - 10:05am Fluent Human Robot Teaming for Health and Wellness Laurel Riek
10:05 - 10:30am Flipped talk: Rich Context HRI Dieter Fox
10:30 - 11:00am Coffee break
11:00 - 11:25am Enhancing Human Capability with Intelligent Machine Teammates Julie Shah
11:25 - 11:35am Extended Abstract Spotlights #1 Submission authors
11:35am - 12:00pm Student spotlight: Game-Theoretic Modeling of Human Adaptation in Human-Robot Collaboration Stefanos Nikolaidis
12:00 - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 - 2:25pm Robots in Harmony with Humans: Adaptation and Mutual Adaptation David Hsu
2:25 - 2:35pm Extended Abstract Spotlights #2 Submission authors
2:35 - 3:00pm How will algorithmic HRI shape autonomous driving? Anca Dragan
3:00 - 3:30pm Coffee break
3:30 - 4:20pm Long paper spotlights Submission authors
4:20 - 5:00pm Poster Session All submission authors
5:00 - 6:00pm Tour of the MIT Media Lab Personal Robots Group Personal Robots Group

Detailed Presentation Schedule


Organizing Committee

Oren Salzman, Carnegie Mellon University

Henny Admoni, Carnegie Mellon University

Rebecca Khurshid, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stefanos Nikolaidis, Carnegie Mellon University

Program Committee

Ron Alterovitz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aude Billard, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

others TBD