[robotics-worldwide] [CFP] ICRA 2008 workshop "Social Interaction with Intelligent Indoor Robots (SI3R)"

Geert-Jan Kruijff gj at dfki.de
Tue Jan 8 06:13:19 PST 2008

our apologies for multiple copies.

                                SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

                                       ICRA 2008 Workshop

                 "Social Interaction with Intelligent Indoor Robots  

                   [ http://www.dfki.de/cosy/www/events/si3r-icra08/ ]

         (held in conjunction with ICRA 2008, Pasadena CA, May 20 2008)


Robots are moving from the factories into our homes. Today, we have  
the Roomba. Tomorrow, in 2010, industry aims to give us the first  
commercial humanoids. Bringing robots as assistants into homes,  
offices, and shopping malls presents serious challenges to human- 
robot interaction. Robots will need to assist untrained users. Robots  
will need to interact with people in environments that are designed  
for, and populated by, humans. This workshop, organized in  
conjunction with ICRA 2008, focuses on how robotic systems can be  
designed such as to meet these challenges. Make robots adapt to the  
environment. Make robots socially acceptable. Make robots fit into  
the environment, without the environment needing to be made to fit them.

The question what we could do to achieve "human-centered robotics"  
is, although interesting for us as engineers, not the ultimate  
question we should ask. Robots are moving into human everyday life.  
This implies an inherent social dimension to this technology. The  
question is thus foremost, what we should - and should not - do. The  
objective of this workshop is to define interactive, intelligent  
indoor robots as a social technology. We want to consider what the  
technology we need to develop should look like. So that these robots  
seamlessly fit into an environment that was not made nor intended for  

Considering indoor robots as social agents, we want to look at the  
social dimensions of interaction with intelligent indoor robots, and  
its implications for how (and what) such robots should understand  
about their environments. We want to focus on three related, core  

1) Unnatural naturalness: A robot is a robot, and not a human. As  
with the issue of anthropomorphism, we can ask to what extent  
interaction with a robot should be human-like. How natural is  
"natural" interaction supposed to be?

2) The dimensionality of HRI's social dimension:  Human-robot  
interaction as interaction is a social affair - but what dimensions  
are there to this social dimension of human-robot interaction? What  
kinds of social interaction do we imagine indoor robot assistants to  
perform? How should it behave, appropriately, in such situations –  
and what types of intelligent capabilities will a robot need to have  
to do so?

3) Robustly failing: If there is one surety about robots, it is that  
sooner or later they fail. Fail to understand, fail to behave. What  
are principled ways to make interaction robust? And, even more  
important, how can we make interaction degrade gracefully?

We aim to bring together an audience which would represent multiple  
relevant disciplines - robotics, artificial intelligence, natural  
language processing. This would include people building personal  
robot assistants, either in industry or at academic institutes;  
people developing approaches to human-robot interaction; and people  
studying the impact such personal robot assistants have, or may have,  
on social environments.


The workshop invites submissions describing original work, either  
completed or still in progress, related to social interaction with  
intelligent indoor robots.

The format for each submission follows the general ICRA format: 6 to  
8 pages, including figures and bibliography, using the ICRA LaTeX  
style-files. Submissions should be sent as PDF file to <si3r- 
wsh at dfki.de>.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

* user studies in social interaction
* (semantic) environment models for human-robot interaction
* (semantic) models of social interaction
* integrated systems for intelligent, interactive indoor robots
* multi-modal dialog modeling
* models of error recovery
* feedback design
* human-centered representation (of the environment)
* situation awareness
* social action recognition and understanding / reasoning

Every submission should address one or more of the above-mentioned  
core issues: to what extent should interaction be human-like? what  
are social aspects of the interaction? how robust is the interaction,  
and how does it gracefully degrade?

The submission deadline is JANUARY 15, 2008.

Papers will be published in a proceedings volume made available at  
the time of the workshop. A selection of papers accepted for  
publication at the workshop may get invited for a volume to be  
submitted for publication to Springer.


For more details, see the workshop website [ http://www.dfki.de/cosy/ 
www/events/si3r-icra08/ ]  or contact Geert-Jan Kruijff <gj at dfki.de>.


Geert-Jan M. Kruijff and Hendrik Zender
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH)
Language Technology Lab
Saarbruecken, Germany

Marc Hanheide and Britta Wrede
Bielefeld University
Faculty of Technology, Applied Computer Science
Bielefeld, Germany

Dr.ir. Geert-Jan M. Kruijff
Senior researcher/Project leader

Language Technology Lab,
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3,
D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany

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