[robotics-worldwide] CFP Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics - Special Issue on Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics

Adriana Tapus tapus at usc.edu
Tue Feb 27 11:27:51 PST 2007


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CALL FOR PAPERS

Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics
Special Issue on "Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics"

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Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) for socially assistive applications emphasizes the centrality of social relationships to our everyday experiences. As we endow robots with interactive capabilities and integrate them into our lives, research is increasingly focused on the design of social interactions that have the potential to enhance the quality of life of a variety of populations. Such robots should use social capabilities to assist humans in physical or cognitive tasks such as rehabilitation and training exercises, therapeutic and educational play, mobility, providing information, housework, etc. A defining property of socially assistive robotics is its focus on the social interaction, rather than the physical interaction, between the robot and the human user. 

The complex integration of social factors and technical design encourages problem-, task- or issue-based engagement across multiple disciplines with an artifact rich in both social and technological significance. Research in this field is therefore of interest to, and draws from, a range of disciplines in engineering, health sciences, psychology, social and cognitive sciences, and the arts. Working in this domain is challenging due to the differences in terminology, methodology, practices, and ethical considerations inherent in multidisciplinary collaboration. This collaboration is necessary if the target is to have potential users, well beyond the technical community, become familiar with this growing technology and help shape its development toward its intended positive impact on people’s lives.
 
This special issue of the Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics solicits previously unpublished research papers on human interaction with autonomous robotic systems for assistive applications. We are especially interested in multidisciplinary papers that focus on the use of social capabilities to assist humans in physical or cognitive tasks such as rehabilitation and training exercises, therapeutic and educational play, mobility, providing information, housework, etc. Research that validates and explains observed phenomena of human interaction with autonomous technologies is also of interest.  

Submissions should follow the journal's style and presentation guidelines (see http://www.editorialmanager.com/isr/). To submit a manuscript, access the Intelligent Service Robotics journal Web-based system, at  http://www.editorialmanager.com/isr/.

Important dates:
   	Submissions due for review: 9 April 2007
	Notification of acceptance:  1 July 2007
	Camera-ready version submitted: 1 August 2007

For more information contact Guest Editors:

Adriana Tapus, tapus at usc.edu
or 			
Maja Mataric', mataric at usc.edu


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Dr. Adriana Tapus
WiSE Postdoctoral Fellow
Robotics Research Lab / Interaction Lab
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California

Phone: +1 213-740-6245
Fax: +1 213-821-5696
Email: tapus at usc.edu
Webpage: http://www-robotics.usc.edu/~tapus


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