[robotics-worldwide] Call For Participation HRI2008

Takayuki Kanda kanda at atr.jp
Tue Feb 5 02:41:12 PST 2008

Dear colleagues,

Let me remind you that there is room for additional participants in the
workshops and tutorials in HRI2008. 
Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this message.

Call For Participation : 
2008 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 08) 

The 2008 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI
2008) will take place in Amsterdam, 

the Netherlands on the 12-15 of March, 2008. This year's theme, "Living With
highlights the importance of the technical and social issues underlying
long-term human-robot interaction towards companion and assistive robots for
long-term use in everyday life and work activities. HRI is a single-track,
highly selective annual conference that seeks to showcase the very best
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in human-robot interaction
with roots in psychology, cognitive science, HCI, human factors, artificial
intelligence, and robotics, and we invite broad participation.

Three outstanding individuals will be giving invited talks at the
conference. They are: 
- Professor Harold Bekkering, Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and
- Professor Raja Chatila, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique 
- Professor Herbert Clark, Stanford University 

Apart from the technical program, the conference offers a half-day tutorial
on Experimental Design, and three workshops. There is room for additional
participants in the tutorial and workshops. The spaces will be allocated on
a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants in the workshops and tutorial
have to register for the conference as well. The workshops and the tutorial
are briefly described below.

Please note that the half-day tutorial on Experimental Design for HRI can be
combined with the half-day workshop on Metrics for HRI.

Tutorial: Experimental Design for Human-Robot Interaction
March 12, Half-day (morning) tutorial

Do you want to know how to design an experiment or set of experiments to
evaluate how good your robot-interface is? Or to figure out if "regular"
people (i.e., people outside of your lab-group) can use your system? Or to
systematically explore how cognition/social
cognition/communication/interfaces/teamwork impacts your favorite robot? If
so, you may be interested in this tutorial. 

Workshop 1: Metrics for Human-Robot Interaction
March 12, Half-day (afternoon) workshop

The goal of the workshop is to propose guidelines for the analysis of
human-robot experiments and forward a handbook of metrics that would be
acceptable to the HRI community and allow researchers both to evaluate their
own work and to better assess the progress of others. 

Workshop 2: Coding Behavioral Video data and Reasoning Data in Human-Robot
March 12, Full-day workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together HRI researchers and
designers from across the world who are actively engaged - or would like to
be - in coding behavioral and/or reasoning data in HRI. We'll share methods
from our respective laboratories, and discuss problems encountered and
potential solutions. 

Workshop 3: Robotic Helpers: User Interaction, Interfaces and Companions in
Assistive and Therapy Robotics
March 12, Full-day workshop

Rehabilitation robotics comprises assistive and therapy robotics whereby
robots either compensate for functionalities that a person does not possess,
or where robots play a role in the effort of trying to regain impaired
functionalities. The workshop will provide a state of the art overview and
discussion of important topics relevant to Robotic Helpers. It will be
oriented specifically towards real world applications in rehabilitation and
robot assisted living.

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