HI +SIKS Course “Social Artificial Intelligence”


On 16 and 17 February 2023, the School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS) and HI are organising the course “Social Artificial Intelligence”. The course will be given in English and is part of the Educational Program for SIKS-PhD -students. Although these courses are primarily intended for SIKS-PhD-students, other participants will not be excluded. However, their number of passes will be restricted and will depend on the number of SIKS-PhD -students taking the course.

The course is relevant for and recommended to all SIKS PhD students working in Artificial Intelligence and related fields such as Responsible and Explainable AI. Especially these PhD students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Social AI aims to develop AI systems that have the ability to engage in natural social interaction with human beings. It is a multi-disciplinary field combining insights from social psychology and artificial intelligence to improve and design effective interactive technology. This includes, e.g., social robots, virtual humans and conversational agents. From a technical perspective, social AI aims to develop new algorithms to endow social AI systems with more human-like abilities to understand and generate social behaviour (e.g., using techniques such as emotion recognition and natural language processing). From a social psychology perspective, social AI studies the psychological effects of interacting with social AI systems on people’s perceptions and behaviour. From an applied perspective, social AI systems can be used for various practical purposes such as social skills training and behaviour changes.

Each of these themes will be explained in lectures with a focus on various aspects related to these themes, presented by researchers in the field. The course will be organised in two parts. On the first day, a more theoretical perspective is provided on social psychology and interactive technologies. On the second day, a more practical, design-oriented perspective is provided. The course is relevant for and recommended to SIKS PhD students working on social AI, including students with a focus on interaction technology, multi-modal signal processing, and/or user-centered design.

LOCATIONMitland Hotel , Utrecht

DATE: 16 and 17 February 2023


  • Prof. dr. Tibor Bosse (RUN)
  • Prof. dr. Koen Hindriks (VUA)


Thursday, February 16

09.45 – 10.00   Opening and introduction – Koen Hindriks (VU), Tibor Bosse (RU)

10.00 – 11.45   Social psychology for Social AI – Evelien Heijselaar (RU)

11.45 – 13.00   Lunch

13.00 – 14.30   Social robots – Maartje de Graaf (UU)

14.30 – 14.45   Break

14.45 – 16.15   Virtual Humans: Character Animation and Interaction- Zerrin Yumak (UU)

16.15 – 16.30   Break

16.30 – 17.30   Chatbots/Language Technology – Florian Kunneman (VU)

Friday, February 17

09.30 – 11.00   Conversational Design / Chatbots – Hans van Dam (CDI)

11.00 – 11.15   Break

11.15 – 12.15   Intelligent Virtual Agents – Dirk Heylen (UT)

12.15 – 13.00   Lunch

13.00 – 14.30   Social Signal Processing – Hayley Hung (TUD)

14.30 – 14.45   Break

14.45 – 16.15   Ethics of Social AI – Pim Haselager (RU)

16.15 – 16.30   Wrapping up


Registration is now closed.

Information for non-SIKS PhD students
SIKS needs a confirmation from your supervisor/office that they agree with the arrangement and paying conditions.