[robotics-worldwide] Workshops and tutorials at HRI'2008 in Amsterdam: please register now!

Takayuki Kanda kanda at atr.jp
Tue Jan 29 06:22:57 PST 2008

Dear colleagues,

This year's HRI conference will take place on March 12-15 at the Felix
Meritis Cultural Center, Amsterdam. Apart from the technical program, the
conference offers a half-day tutorial on Experimental Design, and three

Although the deadline for submissions has passed, there is room for
participants in the HRI'2008 workshops. The spaces will be allocated on a
first-come, first-serve basis. The workshops and the tutorial are briefly
described below.

Early registration ends January 31, 2008, so register now!
Conference website: http://hri2008.org/

Participants in the workshops and tutorial have to register for the
conference as well.

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.


The HRI 2008 Publicity Committee:
Takayuki Kanda, ATR
Vanessa Evers, University of Amsterdam
Geb Thomas, the University of Iowa

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