Special Session: ROS for Social Robots (ROS4SR)

Important Dates

  • Letter of Intent (optional): July 5th
  • Full Research Paper Submission Deadline: July 12th July 19th
  • Short Artifact Paper Submission Deadline: August 5th
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 12th August 19th
  • Camera-Ready Paper Deadline: September 2nd
  • ROSCon 2024: October 21-23
  • ICSR 2024: October 23-26
  • ROS4SR Special Session: October 24th


Aim and Scope

We are thrilled to announce a Special Session on “ROS for Social Robots” (ROS4SR) at the 16th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2024). This session aims to explore the burgeoning intersection between ROS and social robotics, bringing together a diverse array of researchers, developers, and practitioners from academia, industry, and the public sector.

The special session will be held on Thursday, October 24th, 2024 in Odense, Denmark—one day after and co-located with ROSCon 2024—providing unique continuity and synergy for participants of both events. To support the intersection of these communities, we are pleased to offer all ICSR 2024 registered attendees a 15% discount code for registration at ROSCon 2024!

Attendees will have the opportunity to share insights, foster collaborations, and discuss innovations that push the boundaries of what social robots can do using ROS. We invite contributions that address new research, developments, and applications in this dynamic field.


We encourage submissions on a variety of topics related to the use of ROS in social robotics, including, but not limited to:

  • Integration of ROS with social robot platforms
  • Novel ROS packages and tools designed for social robotics
  • Human-robot interaction models based on ROS
  • ROS support for multi-modal interaction (e.g., speech, gestures, and facial expressions)
  • Enhancements of ROS for real-time social interaction
  • Machine learning and AI techniques for social robots in ROS
  • Case studies of ROS in real-world social robotics applications
  • Development and deployment of socially assistive robots using ROS
  • Impact of ROS in therapeutic, educational, and entertainment social robotics settings
  • Security and privacy issues in ROS applications for social robots
  • Legal and ethical considerations and solutions in the design of ROS-powered social robots

We look forward to receiving your contributions and advancing the state of the art in social robotics through innovative uses of ROS!


Papers: Submissions must be made in the PDF format and follow the Springer LNCS/LNAI style for the layout; LaTeX templates are also available in Overleaf. We invite the following types of paper submissions related to any of the special session topics (page counts include references):

  • Full research papers (8-10 pages) describing ROS-enabled social robotics research
  • Short artifact papers (4-6 pages) describing ROS-enabled social robotics artifacts (e.g., software, hardware, or other tools)

All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and all accepted papers will be published by Springer in the Proceedings of ICSR 2024.

Letter of Intent (optional): If you intend to submit a paper, please email the special session organizers (ross@semio.ai and severin.lemaignan@pal-robotics.com). Use the subject line, “[ROS4SR] Intent to Submit”, and include the following in the body of the message: (1) a tentative title, (2) a tentative author list, and (3) tentative keywords. This step is optional, but will aid in our planning for reviewers specific to the special session.