Robots as Intelligent Social Systems Working in the Outer World

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 17-22 June, 2013

Supported by European Network for Social IntelligenceFakultet Strojarstva i Brodogradnje, FSB, Zagreb

Robotic International Summer-School 2013


(in alphabetical order)


City, Country

Title of the lecture

Dr. Rachid Alami


Toulouse, France

Robots among us. Decisional and planning abilities

Prof. Tamim Asfour

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlsruhe, Germany

Towards High Performance 24/7 Humanoids

Dr. Petar Ćurković

University of Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

Motion Coevolution of Robots with Overlapping Workspaces

Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn

University of Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Social Robotics meets Human-Robot Interaction

Prof. Alberto Fernandez

University Rey Juan Carlos

Madrid, Spain

Knowledge representation and reasoning

Prof. Stefano Giordani

University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Rome, Italy

Robot team efficiency and task allocation

Dr. Andreas Herzig

Toulouse Institute of Computer Science Research

Toulouse, France

Collective action (with Dr. Emiliano Lorini)

Prof. Bojan Jerbić

University of Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

Robotic challenges in new domains of application

Prof. Gal Kaminka

Bar Ilan University

Tel-Aviv, Israel

Reusable Teamwork for Multi-Robot Teams

Prof. Branko Katalinić

Vienna University of Technology

Vienna, Austria

Human civilization as technology based civilization

Prof. Danica Kragić

Royal Institute of Technology, KTH

Stockholm, Sweden

Autonomous knowledge acquisition through interaction with environment

Prof. Paulo Leitão

Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

Bragança, Portugal

Self-* Multi-agent Systems in Robotics

Dr. Emiliano Lorini

Toulouse Institute of Computer Science Research

Toulouse, France

Collective action (with Dr. Andreas Herzig)

Dr. Marin Lujak

University Rey Juan Carlos

Madrid, Spain

Robot team missions with incomplete situational awareness

Dr. Pablo Noriega

Artificial Intelligence Research Institute IIIA CSIC

Barcelona, Spain

Engineering open hybrid social environments through normative systems


Lecturers short CVs

Dr. Rachid Alami is a Senior Scientist at CNRS, Toulouse, France. He is currently the head of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Department at LAAS.  He received an engineer diploma in computer science in 1978 from ENSEEIHT, a Ph.D in Robotics in 1983 from the University Paul Sabatier and an Habilitation HDR in 1996. He contributed and took important responsibilities in several national, European and international research and/or collaborative projects (EUREKA: FAMOS, AMR and I-ARES projects; ESPRIT: MARTHA, PROMotion, ECLA; IST FP6: COMETS, COGNIRON, URUS; IST FP7: CHRIS, DEXMART, SAPHARI, ARCAS; France: ARA, VAP-RISP for planetary rovers, PROMIP, ANR projects). His main research contributions fall in the fields of Robot Architectures, Task and motion planning, multi-robot cooperation, and human-robot interaction.


Prof. Tamim Asfour is a full professor and head of the Humanoid Robotics Systems chair at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He has been active in the field of Humanoid Robotics for the last 12 years and is leading the humanoid research group at KIT since 2003. Specifically, his research targets the engineering of high performance and versatile 24/7 humanoid robot technologies and systems able to predict, act and interact with humans in the real world and perform a wide variety of tasks. In 2003 he was awarded with the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) price for his outstanding Ph.D. thesis on sensorimotor control in humanoid robotics and the development of the humanoid robot ARMAR. He is the developer of the humanoid robot series ARMAR-I and ARMAR-II and leader of the development team of ARMAR IIIa/b and ARMAR-IV and ARMAR-V. He is co-chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Humanoid Robots, Associate Editor of Transactions on Robotics and member the Executive Board of the German Association of Robotics (DGR). He is Principle Investigator in several national projects (SFB 588, Autonomous Learning) and EU projects (PACO-PLUS, GRASP, Xperience, InterLink and RoboCom).  He is program co-chair of the International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and serves as member on several program committees, as well as national and international review panels.


Dr. Petar Ćurković received his PhD degree from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FMENA) in 2010. Currently he is employed as postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Robotics and Automation at FMENA. His main research interests are directed towards evolutionary computation domain. Especially, he is interested in application of evolutionary paradigms on industrial systems composed of group of robots. Petar has published more than thirty scientific papers, participated in several national and international scientific projects and has served as a member of organizing committee of the former edition of the RISS in 2010.


Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn is full Professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire in U.K. where she coordinates the Adaptive Systems Research Group. She has lead research in social robotics, human-robot interaction, assistive technology and published more than 300 research articles. Prof. Dautenhahn has edited several books and frequently gives invited keynote lectures at international meetings. She organizes international conferences and has been Principal Investigator of her research team in many European FP5/6/7 projects. Prof. Dautenhahn is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, as well as Associate Editor of several other international journals.


Prof. Alberto Fernandez holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Madrid. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University Rey Juan Carlos in 2007, where he is part of the academic staff since 2000. His main research interests are Ontologies, Semantic Web, Service Oriented Architectures, Semantic Web Services, Service Matchmaking, Multiagent Systems, Multiagent coordination. He has published more than 60 articles in journals, books, conferences and workshops. He has lead and worked on several research projects founded by the National and European Governments. He has been member of the organising and program committee of relevant journals and conferences.


Prof. Stefano Giordani graduated in Electronic Engineering on the University of Rome "La Sapienza". He received a PhD degree in Operations Research from the same University in 1999. In November 1999 he starts collaborating with the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" as Assistant Researcher. Since November 2002 he is Associate Professor of Operations Research on the same University, where, from 2011, he is also the Chairman of the graduate and the master of science programs in Management Engineering. His main research interests include combinatorial optimization, analyzing in particular sequencing, scheduling, routing, and graph optimization problems, with applications in transportation, manufacturing and logistics. He published more than sixty papers, including more than thirty papers on international journals.


Dr. Andreas Herzig studied computer science in Darmstadt and Toulouse. In 1989 he got a Ph.D. in Computer Science on Automated Deduction in Modal Logics and in 1999 a Habilitation in Computer Science, both at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. Since 1990 he is a CNRS research assistant, and since 2004 he is a CNRS research director. He is the Executive Editor of the Journal Applied non Classical Logics, and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Philosophical Logic and of the Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence. He participated in several Esprit Basic Research Actions. He co-edited a book on Conditional Logics and co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Logic in Artificial Intelligence and Logic Programming. He has co-edited several special issues of journals (J. of Applied Non-Classical Logics, J. of Philosophical Logic, and of the Int. J.of Game Theory, Annals of Mathematics and AI) and he was the PC co-chair of LOFT 2010, JELIA 2012, and ESSLLI 2012. He has published about 90 scientific papers in journals (Artificial Intelligence, J. of Logic and Computation, Synthese, J. of Philosophical Logic, J. of Logic, Language and Information, J. of Semantics, J. of the IGPL and others) and conferences (IJCAI, AAMAS, TARK, ECAI, AAAI, KR, UAI and others). His main research topic is the investigation of logical models of interaction, with a focus on logics for reasoning about knowledge, belief, time, action, intention and obligation, and the development of theorem proving methods for them. He currently investigates the integration of logics of belief and group belief with theories of action, in particular in the framework of dynamic epistemic logics.


Prof. Bojan Jerbić received a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FAMENA) in 1993. He is with FAMENA from 1984, starting as a Research Assistant in the Department of Technology. Currently, he is a Full Professor and a Chair of the Department of Robotics and Manufacturing System Automation at FAMENA. During 1989 he was a Visiting Research Associate at the Florida State University, FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. His research is oriented to artificial intelligence in robotics, particularly to behaviouristic problems. He has published more than 80 scientific papers, three books, contributed in 8 research projects and more than 20 industrial projects. Currently he participates in the research projects "Machine Intelligence in Mechanical Assembly" and “Robotics Application in Neurosurgery”, supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Croatia. He is a member of the Croatian Association for Robotics, Scientific Board for Technological Development of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Croatian Academy of Engineering.


Prof. Gal A. Kaminka is an associate professor at the computer science department, and the brain sciences research center, at Bar Ilan
University (Israel). His research expertise includes multi-agent and multi-robot systems, teamwork and coordination, behavior and plan
recognition, and modeling social behavior.  He has received his PhD from the University of Southern California (2000), and spent two years as a post-doctorate fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. Today, Prof. Kaminka leads the MAVERICK research group at Bar Ilan,
supervising over a dozen MSc and PhD students.  He was awarded an IBM faculty award and top places at international robotics competitions. He served as the program chair of the 2008 Israeli Conference on Robotics, and the program co-chair of the 2010 Int'l Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS). He has served on the international executive bodies of IFAAMAS (International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems) and AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence).


Prof. Branko Katalinić was born in Zadar, Croatia, 1952. Besides Croatian citizenship, he has Honour Austrian Citizenship given for the extraordinary Results in Science and State Interests of Republic of Austria (§ 10 Abs. 4 StbG). A B.Sc., an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering he received from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, in 1976, 1979 and 1983 respectively. Besides, Branko Katalinić is Doctor honoris causa (Dr.h.c.) at Technical University of Kosice, “Stankin” Moscow Technical State University, Tallinn Technical University, University of Mostar and University of Novi Sad. Presently he is a Professor at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, but is also a visiting or guest professor at number of other universities (Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok; Faculty of Technical Science University of Rijeka; Slovak Technical University Bratislava, MTF Trnava; Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slavonski Brod; Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor; Faculty of Economics, MBA international postgraduate studies, University of Maribor; University of Zagreb; J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek; University of Novi Sad). His research interests encompass Intelligent manufacturing systems, Self organizing production systems, Robotics, Mechatronics, Megatrends in Science and Technology and International scientific and academic cooperation.


Prof. Danica Kragić is a Full Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at KTH, Stockholm. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the TU Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and  Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and Swedish Young Academy. Her research is in the area of computer vision and robotics.


Prof. Paulo Leitão received the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2004. He is Coordinator (Associate) Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal. He is also member of the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory and was a visiting researcher at the University of Valenciennes, France. He participates / has participated in several national and international research projects and Networks of Excellence. He is member of the International Program Committee of several scientific events, has published more than 100 papers in high-ranked international scientific journals and conference proceedings (per-review), and co-author of three patents. He served as co-chair of several international conferences, namely IFAC IMS’10 and HoloMAS’11. He is Senior member of the IEEE, and is currently the Chair of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Industrial Agents.


Dr. Emiliano Lorini authored more than 80 articles in journals and int. conferences in the fields of AI, logic, cognitive sciences and game theory. He was a reviewer for major conferences and journals in AI, cognitive sciences and economics among which: AI Journal, Mathematical Social Sciences, Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (JAAMAS), Synthese, Cognitive Systems Research, Journal of Philosophical Logic, AAAI, IJCAI, KR, AAMAS, ECAI. He was a PC member of major conferences in the AI field and in the cog. science field such as AAMAS, ECAI, IJCAI 2011, CogSci. Moreover, he is or was organizer of several conferences and workshops in the area of AI, game theory, and logic. He has been editor of two special issues of the Journal of Philosophical Logic and Synthese.


Dr. Marin Lujak is a post-doc researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Group and associate director for training and promotion of the Centre for Intelligent Information Technologies (CETINIA) on the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. He graduated Mechanical Engineering (Automation and Robotics) at the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2006. He received the Masters degree in Business Engineering, and PhD degree in Management Engineering from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2007 and 2010 respectively. He joined the Artificial Intelligence Group at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid in February 2011. His research interests are Distributed and Decentralized Computational Optimization, Multi-Agent coordination and scheduling with applications in real industrial environment. Marin Lujak is a member of different international scientific associations, among which the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents and of programme committees of different int. conferences.


Dr. Pablo Noriega received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in 1997. He is currently a tenured scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of the Spanish Scientific Research Council (IIIA - CSIC). His research is centered on regulated multi-agent systems and  electronic institutions in particular. His current interests include norm-regulated environments, on-line dispute resolution, agreement technologies and social intelligence in general. He has been a founding member of the IFAMAS  (International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems) and EUMAS (European MAS workshop) boards.  He is currently a member of the steering committee of the COIN workshops, of which he has co-chaired the AAMAS-06, the MALLOW-07 and the AAMAS-11 editions. He is also part of the steering committee of the AMPLE workshops (Agent-based modeling for policy engineering). He has held various academic positions in Mexico, where he got his undergraduate degree in Actuarial Science from Anahuac University. He also held appointments in the Mexican government as CTO of the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (1998-99) and chief IT policy maker for the Mexican Government (1989-94).  He was one of the founders of the Mexican AI laboratory (LANIA) and the President of its board of directors from 1992 to 2000. He is a past president of the Mexican AI Society (SMIA) and of the Mexican National Actuarial Association (CONAC). In 2002 he was awarded a Ramon y Cajal fellowship by the Spanish Ministry of Education and moved to the IIIA in Barcelona.