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Summer School 2022

August 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am - August 26, 2022 @ 4:30 pm

The 2022 WASP-HS Summer School will be held in Lund on 22-26 August.
The theme for the summer school is Social Robotics and the PhD students will have an opportunity to work with the humanoid robots in the cognitive robotics lab at Lund University in a small project during the week. The goal is to gain practical insights into the possibilities and limitations of today’s social robots.
The program also consists of invited lectures and keynotes together with discussions on the thesis work together with social activities and events. Participation in the Summer School corresponds to one week of full time work.

Main topics

Social Robots

What is a social robot? What makes robot social? What is human-robot interaction? Why learn about social robots?

Topics in Social Robotics

Facial expressions, emotion expression, gaze following, joint attention, social coordination, turn taking, mirroring, imitation, gestures, pointing, dialogue.

Human-Robot Interaction

What aspects of human-human interaction should we try to mimic in robots? Does the robot have to look like a human? Should it pretend to be a person? What is an honest design for a robot? Can we use insights from human social interaction and still use an honest design?

Ethical Aspects of Social Robotics

How should a robot behave towards humans and each other? Can we trust robots? Can robots be moral? Can robots have rights? Do they have to be conscious?


Monday 22 August

09:00 Welcome!

10:15 Introduction to Social Robotics

11:15 Project Kick-Off

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Project work and visit to Humlab

16:15 Wrapping up

Tuesday 23 August

09:00 Keynote: Anna Paiva

10:15 Ericka Johnson & Katherine Harrison A Robot Implosion

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Project work

16:15 Wrapping up


Wednesday 24 August

09:00 Project work

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Project work

16:15 Wrapping up

 19:00 Dinner at Hypoteket

Thursday 25 August

09:00 Panel: Assistant Professors experiences of PhD studies

10:15 Liane Collana
Legal Aspects of Social Robots

11:15 Valentina Fantasia
Introduction to Theories and Methods in Human Research with Social Robots

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Project work

16:15 Wrapping up

Friday 26 August

09:00 Erik Billing
Social Robotics: Research Methods and Design Choices

10:15 Presentation

11:15 Student Council meeting

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Project presentations

16:15 Wrapping up


Registration for PhD students

Registration is closed.


August 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am
August 26, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
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Lund University
LUX, Helgonavägen 3
Lund, 22362 Sweden
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