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Grenoble, France, 19-23 February 2024

The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project Socially Pertinent Robots in Gerontological Healthcare - SPRING [L1] seeks to develop Socially Assistive Robots with the capacity of performing multi-person interactions and open-domain dialogue in a gerontological healthcare institution. Starting in 2020, it has produced ground-breaking research to allow robots to move, see, hear and communicate with several actors in complex and unstructured populated spaces.

The SoRAIM (Social, Robotics, Artificial, Intelligence, Multimedia) multi-disciplinary Winter School [L2] will provide an overview of the scientific, technological and ethical advances the project’s members have achieved. The areas of interest are wide: SoRAIM combines topics in social robotics, artificial intelligence, and multimedia. Several top-level invited speakers will introduce and discuss all relevant areas for building socially aware robots that communicate and interact with humans in a shared space. Lectures will cover the following topics:

  • Speech source localization and separation;
  • Mapping and visual self-localization;
  • Social-aware robot navigation;
  • Tracking and analysis of human behaviour;
  • Dialog management, natural language understanding, and generation;
  • Robotic middle-ware and software integration;
  • Ethics and experimental design.

SoRAIM aims to foster discussion between experts in these fields and to expose students (from master level), young researchers and engineers to highly qualified scientists and experts. It will provide opportunity to interact and discuss with several members of the project; to present your own research in the form of a poster, and to participate in wider topic discussions with your peers.

Registration is free of charge, however,  if you register, we expect you to attend the full programme. Travel and accommodation fees must be covered by the participants. Some grants will be awarded to applicants based on merit, gender, and diversity criteria.

Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, combined with a merit assessment based on your CV and, if applicable (for Master's and PhD students), a recommendation from your supervisor.
The link to register is:

The SoRAIM organisation committee is looking forward to seeing you in Grenoble next February.


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