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Learning from Humanoid AI: Motivational, Social and Cognitive Perspectives

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Yuefang Zhou (lead Guest Editor: yuezhou@uni-potsdam.de), University of Potsdam, Germany


Kino Coursey, chef AI researcher at Realbotix, USA
Martin Fischer, Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
Nicole Krämer, Department of Social Psychology, Media and Communication, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Janett Mohnke, Department of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, Germany


Artificial intelligence (AI) is fast becoming part of our everyday lives. In fact, it is touching more aspects of our lives than many of us realize: healthcare robots are assisting the elderly in care homes; intelligent artificial tutors are increasingly complementing human teachers in the classroom; and companion robots are gradually stepping into our private sphere of life. We all agree that the way in which we humans interact with AI has significant implications for us individuals and for society; we are yet to understand how to learn from humanoid AI, including in particular motivational, social and cognitive-emotional processes.

This thematic special issue in Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics is devoted to the publication of high-quality research papers, in part, presented during the International Workshop: Learning from Humanoid AI: Motivational, Social and Cognitive Perspectives. The aim of the workshop is to address some of the fundamental questions in human-robot interaction, for example, are there some general principles of human-robot interaction that can inform robot designs in different fields including healthcare, education and entertainment? How can we learn from different perspectives to utilize common principles for improved human-robot interaction? In our workshop, we bring together a panel of international researchers from different disciplines. We aim to foster collaboration and to establish new synergies in this research field.

Contributions to the Special Issue may address (but are not limited) to the following aspects:

  • Social cognition in human-robot interaction
  • Humanoid AI & social robots
  • Social robots in education
  • AI in healthcare
  • Motivational and emotional considerations for robotics design
  • Sexual applications of AI (e.g. sex robots)
  • Developmental robotics (esp. behavioral and cognitive capabilities development)
  • Anthropomorphized robots and its impacts on human social-cognitive processes
  • Critical considerations in machine ethics

Authors are requested to submit their full research papers complying the general scope of the journal. The submitted papers will undergo the standard peer-review process before they can be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be communicated as we progress with the review process.


Before submission authors should carefully read the Instruction for Authors:

Manuscripts can be written in TeX, LaTeX (strongly recommended) - the journal’s LATEX template. Please note that we do not accept papers in Plain TEX format. Text files can be also submitted as standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) which is acceptable if the submission in LATEX is not possible. For an initial submission, the authors are strongly advised to upload their entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file.

All submissions to the Special Issue must be made electronically via online submission system Editorial Manager: www.editorialmanager.com/paladyn/

All manuscripts will undergo the standard peer-review process (single blind, at least two independent reviewers). When entering your submission via online submission system please choose the option “SI on Learning from Humanoid AI”.

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before and it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else.
Important Dates (approx.):

  • Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2019
  • 1st round of acceptance notification:  March 15, 2020
  • Submission of revised papers: April 20, 2020
  • 2nd round of acceptance notification:  May 20, 2020
  • Publication online: June, 2020

Contributors to the Special Issue will benefit from:

  • indexation in SCOPUS
  • NO submission and publication FEES
  • fair and constructive peer review provided by experts in the field
  • no space constraints
  • convenient, web-based paper submission and tracking system – Editorial Manager
  • quick online publication upon completing the publishing process (continuous publication model)
  • better visibility due to Open Access
  • long-term preservation of the content (articles archived in Portico)
  • extensive post-publication promotion for selected papers

We are looking forward to your submission!

In case of any questions please contact Dr. Yuefang Zhou (lead Guest Editor; yuezhou@uni-potsdam.de) or Dr. Justyna Żuk (Managing Editor of Paladyn.JBR; Justyna.Zuk@degruyter.com).