[robotics-worldwide] Special Issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems on Interacting with Autonomy

Holly Yanco holly at cs.uml.edu
Wed Apr 19 03:34:58 PDT 2006

IEEE Intelligent Systems
Special Issue on "Interacting with Autonomy"

As physical systems such as robots or smart houses become more 
autonomous, some have speculated that it's only a matter of time before 
there will be little or no need for user interfaces for these systems. 
For example, once an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has received 
waypoints for a mission, it can fly the complete mission without further 
human intervention.  But such a viewpoint ignores the many reasons why 
people might need to direct even highly autonomous systems.  Emergencies 
occur, such as an unexpected thunderstorm cell that would require 
rerouting the UAV.  Or, serendipitous opportunities might arise, such as 
interesting video data being streamed from the UAV in real time, 
resulting in the need to loiter or change waypoints.  These brief 
examples highlight the fact that dynamic situations will require human 
supervisors to vary their level of interaction as conditions change. 
For at least the foreseeable future, people will still need to interact 
with autonomous systems.

This special issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems solicits previously 
unpublished research papers on human interaction with autonomous or 
semiautonomous physical systems such as
    * robots, including ground-based, airborne, space, and underwater
    * smart houses,
    * assistive technologies or companion robots, and
    * entertainment-based systems, including immersive environments.

We’re especially interested in papers that report on interaction 
implementations that have been evaluated with the intended user groups — 
for example, assistive-technology research including user
studies with physically challenged individuals.  We're also interested 
in papers presenting validated theoretical constructs that explain or 
describe observed phenomena of human interaction with autonomous 
technologies.  A third topic of particular interest is a survey of 
research concerning human control over variable-autonomy systems, 
especially if it provides a useful framework for further research.
Other topics of interest are
    * dynamically determining appropriate levels of autonomy,
    * supervising individual or multiple robots,
    * situation awareness,
    * evaluation and/or verification methodologies for autonomy
      implementation and interaction design,
    * allocation of roles among humans and intelligent systems, and
    * the changing nature of roles based on system type and autonomy

Submissions should be 3,000 to 7,500 words (counting a standard figure 
or table as 200 words) and should follow the magazine's style and 
presentation guidelines (see www.computer.org/intelligent/author.htm).
References should be limited to 20 citations. To submit a manuscript, 
access the IEEE Computer Society Web-based system, Manuscript Central, 
at http://cs-ieee.manuscriptcentral.com/index.html.

Important Dates
    Submissions due for review: 11 Aug 2006
    Notification of acceptance: 27 Oct 2006
    Final version submitted: 10 Nov 2006
    Issue ships to printers: 11 Jan 2007

Questions?  Contact Guest Editors:
    Holly Yanco, holly at cs.uml.edu
    Jill Drury, jldrury at mitre.org

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