Human-Robot Joint Action

Refining the understanding of joint action through an interdisciplinary perspective

September 19, 2018 - Paris, France


In both professional and home contexts, the extensive development of human-robot interactions (HRI) has brought numerous theoretical and empirical questions as to the way robots and humans can work together cooperatively and share the space and the task. To design robotics architecture  for interactions with humans, researchers seek (1) to identify and describe the elements allowing to establish and maintain mutual understanding between humans and robots during joint action, and (2) to explore the relationships between actions and intentions through the notion of commitment, which structures the interaction.




This workshop will bring together researchers in robotics, philosophy, and psychology, who have been contributing for several years in their respective discipline to research in the joint action domain. 

Our scientific objective is twofold. First, we aim to highlight the richness but also the inherent complexity of studying joint action from an interdisciplinary perspective: how is joint action actually defined depending on the authors' background and objectives? To what extent do these definitions overlap with those of cooperation, collaboration or coordination, and how does it influence, more or less explicitly, empirical studies in HRI?

Second, we aim to provide an overview of recent progress in joint action research in the above-mentioned disciplines. We will discuss the factors allowing robots to interact socially with humans, by considering both the behavioral level and inferences about mental states. These factors include for example joint attention skills, gestural communication, motivational states, motor representation and memory systems. 




Rachid ALAMI : LAAS-CNRS - Toulouse, France

Kathleen BELHASSEIN : CLLE LTC and LAAS-CNRS - Toulouse, France

Stephen BUTTERFILL : University of Warwick - Coventry, United-Kingdom

Aurélie CLODIC : LAAS-CNRS - Toulouse, France

Hélène COCHET : CLLE LTC (CNRS - University Toulouse Jean Jaurès) - Toulouse, France

Peter DOMINEY : Robot Cognition Laboratory, INSERM - Lyon, France

Víctor FERNANDEZ : Jean Nicod Institute (ENS, EHESS, CNRS) - Paris, France

Michèle GUIDETTI : CLLE LTC (CNRS - University Toulouse Jean Jaurès) - Toulouse, France

Guenther KNOBLICH : Central European University - Budapest, Hungary

Elisabeth PACHERIE : Jean Nicod Institute (ENS, EHESS, CNRS) - Paris, France




This workshop is part of a project named JointAction4HRI (Joint Action for Human Robot Interaction), funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR).

Involving three laboratories, including two of Toulouse University (LAAS CNRS and CLLE-LTC, CNRS) and the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), this project brings together researchers in developmental psychology, philosophy and robotics to foster discussion and exchange of expertise on the question of joint action, cooperation and non-verbal communication, both in human development and in the general framework of human-robot interactions.




Workshop September 19th, 2018

Registration deadline 
September 19th, 2018


Amphithéâtre Marie Curie


Campus Gérard Mégie

3 rue Michel-Ange
75016 - PARIS - France


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