[robotics-worldwide] CFP Workshop on Interactive and Adaptive Furniture, January 21-22 2008, Aarhus, Denmark

Auke Jan Ijspeert auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Mon Oct 8 12:11:43 PDT 2007

Dear roboticists,

Some of you might be interested in the workshop below that will explore
the use of robotic technologies in future domestic interiors.

For questions, please contact Marianne Graves Petersen at 
mgraves at daimi.au.dk

Best regards,

Auke Ijspeert

Workshop on Interactive and Adaptive Furniture

January 21-22 2008, Aarhus, Denmark

Deadline for 3-page paper submission: 15 November 2007


Imagine the future domestic interior. What does it look like, what is it
like to live with and in it, how does it work, how does it improve our
lives (if at all), how might it integrate robotics technology with
insights from interaction design, social science, smart textiles and
furniture design. This workshop brings together people from a range of
disciplines to investigate and shape these possibilities.

The workshop aims to establish a forum for dialogue between people from
interaction design, social science, computer science, robotics,
artificial intelligence, architecture, design, smart textiles, furniture
design, art and people from other areas; that are interested in
contributing to and/or provoking possible future domestic interiors.

We focus on furniture for the home, and how interactivity and adaptivity
can bring about new types of furniture, new types of robots and new
types of interaction design. For instance, we envision a future in which
we interact with our home furniture using multiple modalities (speech,
vision, touch, smell, etc.) and that furniture potentially changes and
shape over time according to our needs and moods.

In the true spirit of a work-shop, the two days will consist of
extensive discussion and collaboration towards producing future possible
visions of interactive and adaptive furniture for the home. Throughout
the workshop there will be sketch-masters who will produce sketches of
the concepts, ideas and scenarios developed in the group discussions.
The sketch-masters will serve as minute-takers, and will promote their
concurrent sketching as provocations and manifestations of discussed
ideas in the group-work. The report of the workshop will thus primarily
consist of the produced sketches. We are currently seeking ways of
publishing the results of the workshop.

If you are interested in joining the workshop, submit a three page
position paper describing your research, design, experience or general
interest in this field. A complementary group of approximately 25 people
will be invited to join two days of fun and hard work in Aarhus, Denmark
on 21-22 January 2008.

Deadline for submission of position papers: 15 November 2007
Notification of acceptance/rejection of position paper: 30 November
Workshop dates: 21-22 January 2008

Workshop Organizers:
Marianne Graves Petersen, Computer Science Department, University of Aarhus
Alex Taylor, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Auke Ijspeert, EPFL - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland,
Peter Krogh, Aarhus School of Architecture

Submit position papers through sending an email to mgraves at daimi.au.dk
no later than 15 November 2007.
The Workshop will take place at University of Aarhus, IT-city of

Workshop website: http://www.interactivespaces.net/imagine/

Travel: Aarhus Airport has some international connections, and is well
connected with flights from Copenhagen, which has all international
connections. Train between Aarhus and Copenhagen takes approximately 3
hours. Aarhus can also be reached from Billund airport. Bus between
Billund and Aarhus takes 1 hour 30 minutes.

There will be a small fee to cover the expenses of the workshop, but we
also have some sponsorship to cover a tasty dinner upon a hard days’ work.

If you have any questions, please contact us on mgraves at daimi.au.dk

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