About IJSR

This journal is a periodic publication which consolidates high impact contributions from researchers and developers in the field of social robotics, offering readers a holistic view of this emerging industry. Its purpose is manifold. On the one hand, it serves as a unified publication and guide from which students, engineers and researchers new to the field will be able to obtain a quick introduction and overview of the latest developments in all aspects of Social Robotics. On the other hand, it is a unified platform for established researchers to publish relevant work and where healthy discussions and information /result sharing can take place, to further spur the advancements of social robotics as a field. The potential market includes students (undergraduates and postgraduates), mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers/scientists, robo-ethicists, social scientists, university researchers, commercial companies (e.g. in the toy and entertainment industries), amongst many others.

Publisher Springer

IJSR @ Springer

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The journal aims to provide an overview of the current state of the social robotics scene, how the field and related technologies are set to evolve in the future, and their impact on society at large. It also provides researchers in diverse fields - from engineering, to the social sciences - and developers in the area a consolidated volume which details the latest developments and act as an international forum for all issues within the editorial focus. Topics of interest for the scientific papers and letters include but are not limited to:

  • Affective and cognitive sciences for socially interactive robots
  • Human-robot interaction and robot-robot interaction
  • Compliance, safety and compatibility in the design of social robots ''living'' with humans
  • Learning, adaptation and evolution of intelligence
  • Roboethics in human society
  • Social acceptance and impact of robots in the society
  • Design philosophies and socially appealing design methodologies
  • Socially assistive robotics
  • Biomechatronics, neuro-robotics, and biomedical robotics
  • Context awareness, expectation and intention understanding
  • Human factors and ergonomics in human-robot interactions
  • Interaction and collaboration between robots, humans and environments
  • Intelligent control and artificial intelligence for social robotics
  • Interactive robotic arts
  • Knowledge representation, information acquisition, and decision making
  • Models of human and animal social behavior as applied to robots
  • Multimodal sensor fusion and communication
  • Edutainment robotics
  • Robotics applications in healthcare and aged care
  • Perception and modeling of humans and their behavior
  • Socially-aware robot navigation, task and motion planning



Shuzhi Sam Ge
National University of Singapore

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China



Oussama Khatib
Stanford University