The workshop "AdaPtive beHavioRal mODels of robotic systems based on brain-inspired AI cogniTivE architectures (APHRODITE)" is organized in conjunction with IEEE RO-MAN ‘22 - The 31st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. The cooperation between humans and robots is becoming increasingly important in our society. Consequently, there is a growing interest in the development of models that can enhance the interaction between humans and robots. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from different scientific community in order to promote cooperation and discussion with the idea that a multidisciplinary context is ideal for fostering this research topic.



Date: August 29th, 2022

Location: Royal Hotel Continental & online

Registration form  for online connection


Objectives of the workshop

The cooperation between humans and robots is becoming increasingly important in our society. Consequently, there is a growing interest in the development of models that can enhance the interaction between humans and robots. A key challenge in the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) field is to provide robots with cognitive and affective capabilities, developing architectures that let them establish empathetic relationships with users.

The motivation behind developing a robot with social behavior is to enable it to have the social intelligence and awareness for situationally appropriate reactions, responses and functionality, thus engendering trust and smooth human-robot interactions.  Up to now the development of robotic functionality has mainly been devoted to transmitting the content of information without paying much attention to “how” this is tailored to specific human preferences and behaviors. The robot should be able to process all the input data it gathers from the sensors but also combine it intelligently with the information provided by clinicians and other professionals to accurately profile the user and provide the appropriate behaviors. As for the application perspective, the social robot should be usable in rehabilitative/assistive contexts to propose personalized care sessions and provide feedback to the clinicians.

Summarizing, these are the main pillars of APHRODITE workshop:


While these research topics are potentially relevant with a high social and scientific impact, there are still gaps and challenges from a scientific perspective. This requires bringing the research community together to prompt more discussion and development, and sharing experiences of how to carry out extensive testing on the field for improving robot capabilities and clinically validating solutions for healthcare applications.


List of Topics

Topics of interest include: Robot companions; Social interaction; Development and Learning for HRI; Robot as a tool to study social cognition; Cultural differences in user needs/expectations; Multi-modal human-machine interfaces; Intelligent and Cognition-based User Interaction; Human behavioural modelling; Activity monitoring systems/activity recognition; Multi-modal perception; Novel sensors; Smart environments; Other related topics.


All researchers interested in contributing to the discussion are invited to submit an abstract of their work, prepared using the IEEE format. Paper contribution may be short (up to 4 pages) or long (up to 6 pages).  These papers will be reviewed by selected scholars.

Submitted your paper through the easychair portal.

IEEE proceedings format kits and instructions can be found at this LINK

For more information contact Laura Fiorini (

Download Call for papers CFP_APHRODITE  

Selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to Special Issue "Adaptive Behavioral Models of Robotic Systems Based on Brain-Inspired AI Cognitive Architectures" on MDPI Robotics. 


Important Dates

  • Submission of workshop abstracts: 10/06/2022 30/06/2022
  • Notification of acceptance for workshop abstracts 25/06/2022 10/07/2022
  • Submission of camera-ready workshop abstracts 20/07/2022 30/07/2022


Laura Fiorini, University of Florence, Italy

Filippo Cavallo, University of Florence, Italy

Hiroaki Wagatsuma, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Riccardo De Benedictis, National Research Council of Italy, Italy

Mauro Dragone, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom

Vishwanathan Mohan, University of Essex, United Kingdom

Praminda Caleb-Solly, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Download the list of chairs with professional skills 


Program Committee

  1. Antonio Andriella, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  2. Walter Battistuti, Protlab GPL, Ltd
  3. Alberto Borghese, University of Milan
  4. Jorge Dias, University of Coimbra
  5. Alessandro Di Nuovo, Sheffield Hallam University
  6. Grazia D’Onofrio, IRCCS Casa Sollievo della sofferenza
  7. Francesca Fracasso, National Research Council of Italy Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology
  8. Matteo Luperto, University of Milan
  9. Javier Medina Quero, University of Jaen
  10. Joao Sequeira, University of Lisbon
  11. Alessandra Sorrentino, University of Florence
  12. Alessandro Umbrico, , National Research Council of Italy Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology

Program & Invited Speaker

  • Prof. Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine
  • Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, University of Nottingham
  • Prof. Filippo Cavallo, University of Florence
  • Prof.  Rainer Wieching, University of Siegen
  • Prof. Anna Esposito, Istututo Alti Studi Caianello, Naples, Italy
  • Aurora Polo Rodriguez, University of Jaen, Jaen, Spain


Download here the full program


Previous Edition

The first edition of APHRODITE Workshop was organized at IEEE RoMan 2020, it received 10 submissions and it had more than 70 participants. Due to covid-19 , the workshop was held online, but the organizers registered a good level of participant’s engagement. This edition was linked to a Special Issue of the “International Journal of Social robotics”.


This workshop is organized in conjunction with 

  • Pharaon Project for active and Healthy aging (GA857188) 
  • Metrics Project (871252)
  • SI- Robotics - Progetto cofinanziato dall’Unione Europea PON Ricerca e Innovazione 2014-2020 nell'ambito delle Tecnologie per gli ambienti di vita ( ARS01_01120)

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