Social cognition in humans and robots

September 27-28, 2018

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Over decades, a range of theories and concepts for explaining how we understand others have been developed. This conference turns the spotlight on the idea that social cognition is grounded in sensorimotor and informational dynamic coupling of agents. According to this view, interaction dynamics is one of the keys to understand the mechanisms of successful social interaction because it provides substantial clues to social understanding and gives rise to high-level capabilities such as joint shared intentionality and joint action. Moreover it suggests that many disturbances of social cognition may be rooted in the impaired capacity for entraining and sustaining sensorimotor and informational coupling.

The conference will provide an interdisciplinary podium which overviews trends and recent developments of concepts, methods, basic research and applications of sensorimotor approaches in social cognitive science, neuroscience, and robotic research. A particularly interesting question will be how concepts and methods from social cognitive and neuroscience transfer to human-robot interaction. The meeting will also gauge the societal impact of progress in understanding dynamic coupling processes in human-human and human-robot interactions.

The event is organized by the FET Proactive H2020 project "Socializing Sensorimotor Contingencies - socSMCs" ( in partner alliance with the European Society for Cognitive Systems - EUCog (


  • Natalie Sebanz (Central European University, Hungary)
  • Antonia Hamilton (University College London, UK)
  • Scott Kelso (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
  • Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara and IIT, Italy)
  • Iain Couzin (University of Konstanz, Germany)
  • Paul Verschure (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain)

Program (download) (updated September 21, 2018)

Flyer (download)


  • Conference contributions (talks, posters)
  • Research articles (to be published in a Frontiers Research Topic)
  • Venues for the EUCognition meeting in 2019

For all submission types, please send an abstract of no more than 1.000 words to and indicate the type of your contribution (poster|talk|article|venue), the title (500 characters max.), all author names and affiliations.

Important dates

  • August 31, 2018 (updated): Deadline for submission of abstracts and registration
  • December 3, 2018: Submission of research articles


The registration fee of 110€ includes coffee, soft drinks and snacks on both days. On September 27th, a social dinner at an extra charge of 20€ will be hosted at the MS Cap San Diego ( of the social dinner is only possible in combination with a conference registration.

Registration (at xing-events)

Travel information (download)


  • Dorint Hotel Hamburg Eppendorf
    Martinistr. 72, 20251 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 150 m, 5 min
  • Hotel Smolka
    Isestraße 98, 22453 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 1200 m, 15 min
  • Motel Hamburg
    Hoheluftchaussee 117-119, 20253 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 900 m, 12 min
  • Apartmenthaus Hamburg
    Gärtnerstr. 60, 20253 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 1200 m, 15 min
  • Hotel Engel
    Niendorfer Str. 55-59, 22529 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 2900 m, 25 min
    Public transport: Bus 5 at Niendorfer Straße (direction Hauptbahnhof), change at Gärtnerstraße to line 20 (direction Rübenkamp), get off at UK Eppendorf
  • NewLivingHome
    Julius-Vosseler-Str. 40, 22527 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 2,7 km, 18 min
    Public transport: Bus 281 at U Hagenbecks Tierpark (direction UKE), get off at UK Eppendorf
  • Hotel Mittelweg
    Mittelweg 59, 20149 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 1,9 km, 26 min
    Public transport: Bus 109 at  Harvestehuder Weg (direction Alsterdorf), change at Winterhuder Marktplatz to line 20 (direction Bhf. Altona), get off at UK Eppendorf
  • Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck
    Hagenbeckstr. 150, 22527 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 3 km, 20 min
    Public transport: Bus 281 at U Hagenbecks Tierpark (direction UKE), get off at UK Eppendorf
  • Boardinghouse Hamburg
    Rothenbaumchaussee 112, 20149 Hamburg
    Distance to UKE (Martinistr. 52): 2 km, 23 min
    Public transport: Subway U1 at Hallerstaße, change at Hudtwalckerstraße to bus 20 (direction Bhf. Altona), get off at UK Eppendorf