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Welcome to the Workshop on Language and Robotics

Language acquisition, understanding, and usage are crucial not only for human-human interaction but also human-robot interaction. Integrating high-level and low-level cognitive capabilities and enabling a robot to understand its environment semantically and commands given by users is essential for developing robotic systems that can adaptively act in our daily environment. "Langauge" is the key to the robots that can communicate and collaborate with us.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from robotics, natural language processing, machine learning, and cognitive science to examine the challenges and opportunities emerging from the interdisciplinary research field covering language and robotics.

In this workshop, we will investigate how we can create a robot that can acquire, use and understand language. Future robots are expected to have such abilities in a wide range of human-robot interactions. To this end, we aim to share knowledge about the state-of-the-art machine learning methods that contribute to modeling language-related capabilities in robotics and to exchange views among cutting-edge robotics researchers with a special emphasis on language in robotics. The workshop will include keynote presentations from established researchers in robotics, machine learning, natural language processing, and cognitive science. There will be a poster session highlighting contributed papers throughout the day.

We believe the topic of this workshop is timely and necessary for the IEEE-RAS community.

Furthermore, the related Research Topic was accepted for Frontiers in Robotics and AI. The Research Topic is based on outputs from this workshop. However, we would also welcome spontaneous submissions not associated with this workshop, assuming they fit the scope of the Research Topic.

Last year and the year before last, we had the WS ML-HLCR 2017 in IROS2017, and WS ML-HLCR 2016 in IROS2016, very successfully. Based on the huge success we are proposing the new WS about this challenging topic.


    • (27th September 2018) The room number of our workshop is Room 2.R1. IROS Program

  • (20th September 2018) Our proposal for the online journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI was accepted. Please check the Research Topics.

    • (1st September 2018) The program and the list of invited speakers were updated.

    • (29th May 2018) The list of invited speakers was updated.

    • (21st April 2018) The proposal was accepted by IROS2018.

    • (3rd March 2018) The website is open.

Important Dates

    • Deadline for submission of poster paper: 26th August 2018

      • The poster paper should be 2 pages at most.

    • Notification of acceptance: around 31st August 2018

    • The Workshop date: October 1, 2018


    • Takato Horii, The University of Electro-Communications

  • Emre Ugur, Bogazici University

  • Tadahiro Taniguchi, Ritsumeikan University

  • Xavier Hinaut, INRIA

  • Tetsunari Inamura, National Institute of Informatics

  • Takayuki Nagai, The University of Electro-Communications

  • Michael Spranger, Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.

  • Michael Beetz, University Bremen


Language and Robotics 2018 is endorsed by following committees.