[robotics-worldwide] Special Issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems on
Interacting with Autonomy
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unpublished research papers on human interaction with autonomous or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,
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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