Suna Bensch gave a presentation about social robots at Kafe Station in Umeå. Vetenskapsluncher is a series of popular science presentations organized by Umeå University (https://www.umu.se/nyheter/europa-i-fokus-pa-varens-livesanda-vetenskapsluncher-_7483184/). In her presentation she focused on language and dialogue processing techniques and difficulties for social robots.
Professor Thomas Hellström’s research deals with teaching robots to act and to communicate. One of his projects deals with developing methods for intention recognition from verbal utterances. Here’s a video about Thomas Hellström and his research.