- What is human-likeness in humanoid robots?
- Which are the aspects of human-likeness that are more relevant for interaction?
- Should robots develop and learn in the same way as humans do in order to be perceived as human-like?
- Which aspects of the Uncanny Valley beyond the mere appearance should be taken into consideration? Motor control? Cognitive abilities? Communication skills?
- What are the aspects of human-human interaction that can/should be implemented in the human-robot context?

The goal of this full-day workshop is to try to answer these questions while depicting the current state of the art concerning the development of social interaction skills in humanoid robots, standing from a multi-disciplinary point of view, and to sketch the main challenges and future directions of the field. 

IROS 2013 - IEEE International Conference of Intelligent Robots and Systems - Workshops webpage

Moreover, two events that might be very interesting for the intended audience of this workshop will take place during IROS 2013 Conference. 
1) A workshop named Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics will take place on the 7th of November. This is an highly interdisciplinary workshop on the border between robotics and neuroscience; among other topics, it will focus on human-robot interaction, bio-inspired motor control and the development of cognition in both humans and robots.
2) A talk from Prof. Masahiro Mori will take place on the 6th of November. Prof. Mori, author of the influential 1970 article "Bukimi no Tani Gensho" from where the Uncanny Valley concept comes from, will discuss the influence of his article during the last 40 years, followed by responses from a panel of roboticists and media theorists. Check out the videos here!.