St. Paul - Minnesota - USA
May, 14th 2012

ICRA 2012 Workshop

Robotics and Performing Arts: Reciprocal Influences

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Since ancient times technology has played an important role in the creative process and in the realization of new forms of art. The world of performing arts is no exception: from ancient Greek masks and Renaissance stage machineries, to automata and currently robotic performers. Likewise, the world of science and technology has progressed also thanks to the creative inputs and innovative visions of artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci or science-fiction novelists and film-makers. The goal of the ICRA 2012 Robotics and Performance Arts workshop is to celebrate the creative interaction between robotics technologies and art, and stimulate discussions on this topic. This full-day workshop will investigate the interactions between robotics engineering and performing arts, focusing on their reciprocal influences and how such influences can benefits both.

We invite you to send us contributions for paper or interactive sessions:

Paper Session
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

- Robotic theatre, dance, music and experiments of robotics in the performing arts
- Installations and other types of artistic expression that address how the performing arts influence and advance knowledge and innovation in robotics and related fields
- Systems, theories, and experiments that address how robotics promotes the creative process and the emergence of new art forms
- The role of artworks as “cultural mediator” in developing acceptance or resistance dispositions towards new technologies in laypeople
- Robotics and performance art as educational tools
- Robotic art: a new need and market for robotics?

Interactive Session
- Short videos that document the reciprocal influences between robotics and art
- Live performances


Submissions for the paper session must be made in the PDF format and follow the standard ICRA style for the layout ( Manuscripts are limited to six (6) A4 size papers. Submission for the interactive session should include a PDF abstract describing the piece. Video submissions should be no longer than 10 minutes. Paper and video contributions should be sent to Pericle Salvini ( and Daniela Rus ( by April 14th. All contributions will be refereed. The organizers are planning a Special based on the material presented in this workshop. Details TBD.


- Paper/Video submission deadline: April 14th, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: April 21st, 2012
- Final contribution deadline: May 1st, 2012
- Conference and Workshop Registration: CLOSED (please, refer to the conference website)