The 2nd Conference is a direct follow-up of the 1st conference, which took place in Maastricht, June 12-13, 2008. The first conference was an initiative by Myriam Diocaretz and Jaap van den Herik as a follow-up of the publishing of the Ph.D. thesis by David Levy (2007) titled: Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners. The thesis and conference attracted again wide media publicity on a large scale.

As of September 1, 2008 the organisers of the conference Professor Myriam Diocaretz and Professor Jaap van den Herik (chair) moved to Tilburg. They are now affiliated to TiCC, which stands for Tilburg centre of Creative Computing. TiCC has taken up the challenge to continue the series of conferences on Human-Robot Personal Relationship and is hosting the 2nd edition.

Update: Tilburg and Leiden combine forces

Dear Human Robot Personal Relationship Conference participant,

We are in a phase of transition considering the conference. The main reason is that there is a tremendous interest for the lecture by Professor Ishiguro in the Netherlands. He only will be in the Netherlands for one full day arriving Wednesday and leaving Friday. A conference on a simular topic has been scheduled in Leiden (june 11th) with an attendance of about 200 persons, i.e. the CHI-NL. The venue will be the in the Leiden University Faculty of Law of: the Kamerligh Onnes Gebouw (KOG).

Combining forces guarantees our conference more saturation. Therefore, we considered the transition of moving the conference from Tilburg to Leiden, and were successful in making the necessary arrangements. Thus, our conference will be in the KOG venue for June 11th and June 12th.

All changes will be communicated via our website. We understand that this change may cause some inconvenience at your part. We are aware of it and sincerely apologize for that and offer assistance in resolving your problems as far as we are able to do so. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us with your personal questions.

Jaap van den Herik

Chair HRPR Conference


Please note that this programme is tentative.

June 11, 2009 June 12, 2009
9:00 Registration and opening

Suleman Shahid, Eva van de Sande, Omar Mubin, Emiel Krahmer, Marc Swerts

Child-robot interaction: Investigating emotional expressions and social interaction of children in a collaborative game

Adrian David Cheok, Isuru Sawubhagya Godage, Hooman Aghaebrahimi Samani, Michelle Rukshani Narangoda, Owen Noel Newton Fernado

Intimate physical interaction with robots, human - robot Kiss


David Shapiro

Problems of formation of discourse human-personal robot with the use of implicit categories and emotions

Bram Hendriks, Bernt Meerbeek Stella Boess, Steffen Pauws, Marieke Sonneveld

Robot vacuum cleaner personality and behaviour

11:00 Coffee Break Coffee Break

Keynote speaker: Hiroshi Ishiguro

Title to be announced

Aldebaran Robotics

Live demonstration of humanoid robot "Nao"

12:45 Lunch Lunch

Mark Coeckelbergh

Humans, animals, and robots: A phenomenological approach to human-robot relations

Jamy Li, Mark Chignell

Do Puppeteers Design Better Robot Gestures?


Astrid Weiss, Judith Igelsboeck, Daniela Wurhofer, Manfred Tscheligi

Looking forward to a "robotic society?" - Imaginations of future human-robot relationships

Jaap Ham, Cees Midden

Using positive and negative social feedback to promote energy conservation behavior in the home

15:30 Coffee Break Coffee Break

Glenda Shaw-Garlock

Loving Machines: Theorizing Human and Sociable-Technology Interaction

Wilco Moerman, Eric Postma

Face recognition and user identification


Hironori Matsuzaki

Humanoid robots and the problem of the social border. Toward a deanthroplogized concept of personhood

Maaike Roubroeks, Cees Midden, Jaap Ham

Persuasive agents and the occurrence of reactance as a result of restricting communication

17:30 Reception

Dinner at 19:00


Keynote Speaker

Professor Ishiguro

Hiroshi Ishiguro (M') received a D.Eng. in systems engineering from the Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University (2002-). He is also Visiting Group Leader (2002-) of the Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, where he previously worked as Visiting Researcher (1999-2002). He was previously Research Associate (1992-1994) in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University and Associate Professor (1998-2000) in the Department of Social Informatics at Kyoto University. He was also Visiting Scholar (1998-1999) at the University of California, San Diego, USA. He then became Associate Professor (2000-2001) and Professor (2001-2002) in the Department of Computer and Communication Sciences at Wakayama University. His research interests include distributed sensor systems, interactive robotics, and android science.

Call For Papers

Conference sessions are planned on the following topics:

  • Robot Emotions
  • Robot Personalities
  • Gender Approaches
  • Affective Approaches
  • Psychological Approaches
  • Sociological Approaches
  • Roboethics
  • Philosophical Approaches

We welcome contributions in the form of an extended abstract (max 1500 words) and / or paper.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for abstracts or papers: March 31, 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2009
  • Deadline for final versions: May 22, 2009

Conference Proceedings:

Submissions will be peer-reviewed. A selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in an international volume of the proceedings to be published in the International Journal of Social Robotics.

Submission address:

TiCC, Tilburg centre for Creative Computing

Faculty of Humanities, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Conference Venue

The venue will be the in the Leiden University Faculty of Law of: the Kamerligh Onnes Gebouw (KOG).


To register please fill in the Human Robot 2009 Registration Form and fax it to (+31) (0)13 466 2892. Registration fees are as follows:

Before June 1, 2009 After June 1, 2009
Non-Students with dinner € 175 € 225
Non-Students without dinner € 125 € 175
Phd Students with dinner € 125 € 150
Phd Students without dinner € 75 € 100
Students without dinner € 25 € 25

Registration includes coffee breaks, 2 lunches, and proceedings.


Programme Chair:

Programme Committee:

Organization Committee:

  • Mrs. Joke Hellemons, Tilburg University
  • Jeroen Janssens, M.Sc., Tilburg University


For more information please contact the organizing committee & secretariat: Joke Hellemons.

Telephone: (+31) (0)13 466 8118