Multidisciplinary Perspectives on 

COntext-aware embodied Spoken Interactions


Workshop at RO-MAN 2023 | August 31st | Busan, South Korea

MP-COSIN is a half-day workshop with the goal of bringing researchers from different areas to discuss current and future research in embodied spoken interaction.


RO-MAN 2023:

Location: Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, (Jung-dong), Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea

Dates: August 28-31st, 2023 

MP-Cosin Workshop

Location: Room E (Miami, 2F)

Date: August 31st, 2023

Time: 13:10~16:10


This workshop aims to gather researchers from the field of speech technology, dialogue systems, and human-robot interaction to discuss the challenges, experiences and future directions for context-aware spoken dialogue in human-robot interaction. 

Speech stands out as the most natural way to interact with human-centred technology, either as command-driven exchanges or, more recently, through dialogue interactions. However, as these interactions take place in less controlled settings, the range of challenges that need to be addressed steadily increases. Challenges include integrating the embodied characteristics of a robot to enhance the interaction outside of the speech modality, the correct interpretation of multimodal features, like body language and facial expressions, that synchronise with changes in the dialogue content, as well as an awareness of the environment in which the interaction is taking place and the context (urgency, goal, justification) of the exchange. 

On this point, this workshop proposes to address context-awareness as a dynamically emerging phenomenon that is constantly changing on a moment-by-moment basis, as people and robots contribute turns to the interaction. While communities working on spoken dialogue systems (SDS), conversation analysis (CA), and conversational user interfaces (CUI) have worked with this nuanced notion of awareness, it needs to be developed for robotics and human-robot interaction, specifically paying attention to the embodiment of robots.

Participants will take part in presentations of novel ideas and preliminary experimental results, as well as attend keynotes from leading figures of these interdisciplinary fields. 


Roger K. Moore

Jauwairia Nasir



September 3rd, 2023

We would like to thank everyone who attended for their very active participation in the workshop! Videos of the relevant presentations will be going up as soon as we get the video files from the conference organisers; other material, including presentation slides, will go up with permission from the relevant presenters and speakers.

August 5th, 2023

As confirmed by the conference organization, the workshop will take place at Room E (Miami, 2F) from 13:10~16:10.

July 11th, 2023

Decisions should now have been sent out to all authors; we apologise for the slight delay in getting them out. Stay tuned for details about the specific schedule of the workshop!

June 24th, 2023

The deadline has now passed! Thank you to everyone who submitted! Reviews will be out on July 7th, as stated on the "call for papers" page.

June 8th, 2023

The deadline has been extended! Our new last date of submission is the 23rd of June. The acceptance notification will be extended to July 7th to compensate.

March 30th, 2023

Workshop website up and running!