Domestic service robots are becoming more and more useful, autonomous, multipurpose and reliable and they can interact with humans and objects in the real world in a natural way. This challenge poses a large number of unsolved problems across many scientific disciplines.

This workshop addresses a broad spectrum of domestic service robots that can operate in real home environments. The robots are fully autonomous and use intuitive interfaces such as language, gestures and visual displays to communicate with people. The home environment is defined as 'any place where people live in their daily lives', which can include, for example, a living room, a kitchen or a garden.

The focus of the workshop will also be on different modes of natural interaction with humans, real world high-level cognition, useful applications, cost-effectiveness of the solution (computational and financial resources used by the robot), the effect of appearance on
acceptance, and more.
Special attention is being paid to submissions where the robot is being put to the test in a real world setting such as the RoboCup@Home benchmark or during long lasting experiments in the real world.

The topics are related, but not limited, to all the aspects required for a robot to operate in a home environment with a long term focus on applicability, such as:
    - cooperative human-robot interaction
    - cooperative human-robot task solving
    - applications for domestic service robots
    - test procedures
    - benchmarking domestic service robots
    - natural interaction with robots
    - long lasting robotic experiments in domestic environments
    - high-level cognition for robots in domestic environments
    - acceptance of robots in households


Submissions addressing practical applications using international benchmarks and/or in-field experimental testing are strongly encouraged.

All manuscripts should be prepared according to the instructions provided by the Authors' Area at the conference website. The page limit for the final submission of papers is 10 pages.
Papers accepted for presentation in the workshop will be published in the SIMPAR workshops proceedings. At least one author must register in the workshop to present a paper. Papers in PDF format should be sent to iocchi(at)

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems.


Oct 1 Paper Submission
Oct 2-Oct 19 Review period
Oct 21 Reply to authors
Nov 7 Final version
Nov 15 Workshop


Luca Iocchi
Dept. of Computer and System Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Javier Ruiz-del-Solar
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile, Chile

Tijn van der Zant
Dept. of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, The Netherlands


9.10L. Iocchi, T. van der Zant. RoboCup@Home: Adaptive Benchmarking of Robot Bodies and Minds
9.30S. Schiffer, A. Ferrein, G. Lakemeyer. Fuzzy Representations and Control for Domestic Service Robots in Golog
9.50C. A. Mueller, P. G. Ploeger. Towards Robust Object Categorization on a Mobile Robot
10.10J. A. Alvarez Ruiz. Text Information Extraction for a Domestic Service Robot
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00J.D. Dessimoz, P.F. Gauthey. Domestic Service Robots in the Real World: the Case of Robots Following Humans
11.20T. Breuer, P. G. Ploeger, G. K. Kraetzschmar. Precise Pointing Target Recognition for Human-Robot Interaction
11.40L. Ziegler, F. Siepmann, M. Kortkamp, S. Wachsmuth. Towards an Informed Search Behavior for Domestic Robots
12.00G. Giorgana. Facial Expression Recognition for Domestic Service Robots
12.20Z. Jin. An Optimized GBNR Sound Localization Algorithm with 4 elements Microphone Array

Link to SIMPAR Conference