[robotics-worldwide] IEEE RO-MAN 06: Deadline Extension (22 March 2006)

Kerstin Dautenhahn K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Thu Mar 16 13:22:07 PST 2006

RO-MAN 06: The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human 
Interactive Communication, 6-8 September 2006, University of 
Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK, http://ro-man2006.feis.herts.ac.uk/

Due to difficulties faced by some authors in producing and uploading 
papers in IEEE compliant PDF format, submissions
will be accepted until 22 March 2006 when the site closes for submissions 
at 24:00 (midnight) PST (Pacific Standard Time, USA West Coast).

Special theme of RO-MAN 06: Getting to Know Socially Intelligent Robots

IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society
IEEE Robotics & Automation Society
The Robotics Society of Japan

Web: http://ro-man2006.feis.herts.ac.uk
Email: roman06 at herts.ac.uk

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Shuji Hashimoto (Waseda University, Japan): "KANSEI Engineering to 
Open a New Epoc of Human-Machine Relationship"

Prof. Illah R Nourbakhsh (Carnegie Mellon University, USA): "Educational 
Human-Robot Collaboration"

Prof. Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University, UK): "Reconfiguring Human-Robot 

Half-day tutorials:

Cognitive Robotics
(Lecturers: Kazuhiko Kawamura, Vanderbilt University, USA; Will Browne, 
University of Reading, UK)

Coding Video Data in Human-Robot Social Interaction: Behavior and 
(Lecturers: Peter H. Kahn, Jr., Nathan G. Freier, Rachel L. Severson, 
University of Washington, USA)

Socio-Emotional Interaction with Virtual Humans
(Lecturers: Stacy Marsella and Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern 
California, USA)

Social Interactions with Robot Companions (to be confirmed)
(Lecturers: Britta Wrede, University of Bielefeld, Germany; Kerstin 
Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK; Rachid Alami, LAAS, France)

Topics and Theme:

Human-Robot Interaction and Communication is a quickly growing research 
area at the intersection of research fields such as robotics, engineering, 
psychology, ethology and cognitive science. Significant initiatives are 
currently underway funded by public, academic, governmental as well as 
industrial initiatives, exploring and aiming at advancing this research 
field and opening up novel and challenging applications. Robots moving out 
of laboratory and manufacturing environments face hard problems of 
perception, action and cognition. For robots to be accepted as assistants 
or companions in people's private homes and everyday environments 
technological solutions do not suffice: The 'human in the loop', as the 
potential customer and user will decide on the ultimate success of a 'home 
robot' as a product. Application areas that heavily involve human contact 
are a particularly challenging domain.

Human societies have easily assimilated new technologies, such as mobile 
phones, but it is less clear in which application areas robots will be 
accepted. Robots as embodied beings, physical, possibly humanoid or 
android entities that share our living environments and accompany our 
lives will have a certain degree of autonomy, initiative, cognitive skills 
and will communicate and interact with people in ways inspired by 
human-human contact. Interaction and communication of embodied physical 
robots with humans is multi-modal, and involves deep issues of social 
intelligence, communication and interaction that have traditionally been 
studied primarily in psychology and other areas. The design of a robot.s 
behaviour, appearance, and cognitive and social skills is highly 
challenging, and requires interdisciplinary collaborations across the 
traditional boundaries of established disciplines.

IEEE RO-MAN 06 provides a forum for an interdisciplinary exchange for 
researchers dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of human-robot 
interaction and communication. Importantly, RO-MAN has traditionally 
adopted a broad perspective encompassing research issues of human-machine 
interaction and communication in networked media as well as virtual and 
augmented tele-presence environments. Submissions are invited from a 
variety of research areas that can advance our understanding of 
human-robot interaction and communication, including areas of engineering 
and information sciences as well as psychology, social sciences, cognitive 
science and related areas.

The annual RO-MAN International Workshop series originated in 1992, with 
the first workshop held at Hosei University in Japan. Since then, 
different Japanese, European and USA institutions have hosted the 
workshop. In 2006 IEEE RO-MAN is a symposium and will be hosted in United 
Kingdom by the Adaptive Systems Research Group at University of 
Hertfordshire. The event will include tutorials, special organized 
sessions, and distinguished invited keynote speakers.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

-innovative robot designs for HRI research
-user-centred design of social robots
-novel interfaces and interaction modalities
-long-term experience and longitudinal HRI studies
-evaluation methods and new methodologies for HRI research
-degrees of autonomy and teleoperation
-human factors and ergonomics in HRI research
-virtual and augmented tele-presence environments
-ethical issues in human-robot interaction research
-robots in education, therapy and rehabilitation
-medical and surgical applications of robots
-robot companions and social robots in home environments
-assistive robotics for supporting the elderly or people with special 
-applications of social robots in entertainment, service robotics, space 
travel and others
-anthropomorphic robots and virtual humans
-interaction with believable characters
-non-verbal cues and expressiveness in interactions: gesture, posture,
social spaces and facial expressions
-interaction kinesics
-monitoring of behaviour and internal states of human subjects
-robotic etiquette
-social intelligence for robots
-social presence for robots and virtual humans
-creating relationships with robots and humanoids
-personalities for robotic or virtual characters
-embodiment, empathy and intersubjectivity in interaction with robotic
and virtual characters
-motivations and emotions in robots
-curiosity, intentionality and initiative in interaction
-linguistic communication and dialogue with robots and intelligent 
-multimodal interaction and conversational skills
-cognitive and sensori-motor development in robots
-cognitive skills and mental models for social robots
-social learning and skill acquisition via teaching and imitation
-programming by demonstration
-cooperation and collaboration in human-robot teams
-human-robot interaction and collaboration in manufacturing environments
-motion planning and navigation in the vicinity of humans
-machine learning and adaptation in human-robot interaction
-multi-modal situation awareness and spatial cognition
-computational architectures for human-robot interaction
-detecting and understanding human activity
-narrative and story-telling in interaction

Instructions for Authors:

Papers reporting original and unpublished work are invited. Submissions 
should include the paper title, names, tel/fax numbers, email and postal 
addresses of all authors, and an abstract on the first page. All 
submissions should be in English (6 pages maximum length in IEEE 
two-column format). Papers will be peer-reviewed according to IEEE 
standards and selected for oral or poster presentations based on their 
quality, originality, significance, relevance and clarity of presentation. 
The paper submission deadline is 15 March 2006. Final camera-ready 
submissions of accepted papers to be published in the Proceedings are due 
on 10 June 2006.
http://ro-man2006.feis.herts.ac.uk for details on the submission 

Important Dates:

15 March 2006 Submission of full-length papers due
10 May 2006 Notification for paper submissions
10 June 2006 Submission of camera-ready final papers
6-8 September 2006 IEEE RO-MAN 06 Symposium

Organizing Committee:

Conference Chair:

Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Programme Chairs:

Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Programme Vice Chair:

Ben Robins (University of Hertfordshire, UK)


Bob Guscott (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Student Programme Chair:

Ren te Boekhorst (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Publicity Chairs:

Guido Bugmann (University of Plymouth, UK)
Terry Fong (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)

Local Arrangements Chair:

Bob Guscott (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Publications Chairs:

Lola Caamero (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
David Lee (University of Hertfordshire, UK)


roman06 at herts.ac.uk


Sven Magg (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Programme Committee:

Ana Paiva (INESC, Portugal)
Anton Nijholt (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Aris Alissandrakis (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland)
Ben J.A. Krse (UvA, The Netherlands)
Ben Robins (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Candy Sidner (MERL, USA)
Catherine Pelachaud (Universit de Paris 8, France)
Cecilia Laschi (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy)
Cristina Conati (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Elisabeth Andr (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Erwin Prassler (B-IT and Fraunhofer Institute, Germany)
Fiorella de Rosis (University of Bari, Italy)
Franois Michaud (University of Sherbrooke, Canada)
Frederic Kaplan (Sony CSL, France)
Gerhard Sagerer (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Gernot Kronreif (ARCS, Austria)
Giorgio Metta (University of Genova, Italy)
Giulio Sandini (University of Genova, Italy)
Guido Bugmann (University of Plymouth, UK)
Helmut Prendinger (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Henrik I Christensen (KTH, Sweden)
Hideki Kozima (Communications Research Laboratory, Japan)
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University and ATR, Japan)
Hisato Kobayashi (Hosei University Research Institute, Japan)
Karl F. MacDorman (Indiana University, USA)
Kazuhiko Kawamura (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Kerstin Severinson Eklundh (KTH, Sweden)
Kheng Lee Koay (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Lola Caamero (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Lynne Hall (University of Sunderland, UK)
Marge Skubic (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)
Minoru Asada (Osaka University, Japan)
Naoyuki Kubota (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
Nilanjan Sarkar (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Oussama Khatib (Stanford University, USA)
Pamela Hinds (Stanford University, USA)
Patrizia Marti (University of Siena, Italy)
Peter Kahn (University of Washington, USA)
Peter Wallis (Sheffield University, UK)
Rachid Alami (LAAS, France)
Reid Simmons (CMU, USA)
Ren te Boekhorst (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Robin R. Murphy (University of South Florida, USA)
Ruth Aylett (Heriot-Watt University,UK)
Sara Kiesler (CMU, USA)
Stacy Marsella (USC-ISI, USA)
Stephen J. Cowley (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Takanori Shibata (AIST, Japan)
Takayuki Kanda (ATR, Japan)
Tatsuya Nomura (Ryukoku University and ATR, Japan)
Terry Fong (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University, Japan)
Yiannis Demiris (Imperial College, UK)
Yoshihiro Miyake (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Z. Zenn Bien (KAIST, Korea)
Zsofi Ruttkay (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

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