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How do people share their attention, intention, task, goal in a collaborative task? Could theory of mind and underlying models help to get some expectations about them? How this is or can be applied to our domain of human-robot interaction?
What should contain or not a theory of mind model, what is part of norms that we follow could help us to understand other's mind without the need to explicitly model it?

This workshop wants to gather answers for these questions and to raise interesting discussion and exchange around them.
This workshop is part of "toward a framework for Joint Action" series ( that aims to give philosophers, psychologists and roboticists a venue to discuss and share their knowledge and questions.


Invited speakers 

Laura Hiatt (confirmed), Research Scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.

Séverin Lemaignan (confirmed), Senior Researcher, Bristol Robotics Lab, University of the West of England, UK. 

Tadeusz W. Zawidzki (confirmed), Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, DC.

Call for extended abstracts

We invite the submission of extended abstracts (up to 4 pages). It does not need to be a new contribution to the field but it needs to be relevant to the workshop, i.e. the theory of mind needed around joint action establishment and execution, its components, its installation and the way to model it in a human-robot context as well as its evolution during joint action execution and particularly coordination and alignment issues that need to be taken into account.

To that end, it would be great if you can adapt your submission to fit the illustrative example:

benchmark proposal

If your work does not fit the benchmark, feel free to propose any modifications to it. The idea is really that we find a common ground to discuss around.


Workshop structure

The workshop will be articulated through several means.

First, a work is in progress between organizers and invited speakers to build an illustrative example that would serve as a common basis for discussion (cf benchmark section) that will be improved (e.g. letting room for norms definition or social context)). We think it is crucial, to capture the subtlety of the work of each other and to built a common ground regarding the subject we want to tackle.

Second, invited speakers will bring their own expertise to focus on a particular aspect of theory of mind. For now, Laura Hiatt (Research Scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington) and Severin Lemaignan (Lecturer at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems Plymouth University) have confirmed their interest for the workshop and their participation. As roboticists, they will both bring their complementary expertise of the cognitive concept of Theory of Mind applied to robots, and how this may improve and enrich human-robot interaction. On the philosophy side, Tadeusz Wieslaw Zawidzki (Associate professor and chair of philosophy at George Washington University) is also confirmed and he will bring is expertise regarding the way “mindshaping” could facilitate human social cognition. We seek to find one or two others invited speakers (some invitations are still pending). Finally, Sandra Lasry (Doctoral candidate in Cognitive Science at Institut Jean Nicod) will give her expertise on how theory of mind play a role in the development of joint action.

Third, we want to organize a practical work for the participants. Divided in two groups, workshop participants, based on the illustrative example, will try to propose on one side to model it with theory of mind models and on the other side to discuss about how to model it with norms and common knowledge. A wrap-up of this hands-on session will be done by the organizers. 

Fourth, an open call for papers will be issued for the workshop and selected papers will have the opportunity to be presented. Presenters will be strongly encouraged to have the illustrative example in mind for their contribution and in their presentation. 

Finally, a panel discussion is scheduled at the end of the workshop, moderated by Bilge Mutlu. This panel will not only be an opportunity to wrap-up. It should be a chance to let people with different background to confront their point of view (and perhaps have controversial discussion regarding the hands-on session). It would be also the opportunity to really set-up a community around this subject that would be able to devise which achievements have been done so far and what should be done next to move forward.

Important dates

Submission due (second call): June 5th

Notification (second call): June 10th 

Workshop: June 29th



Submission must be send by email to

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