[robotics-worldwide] Workshop on Human Interaction with Intelligent & Networked Systems

Fabio Nemetz mapfn at bath.ac.uk
Thu Nov 6 08:17:47 PST 2008

Workshop on Human Interaction with Intelligent & Networked Systems

In conjunction with Intelligent User Interfaces conference (IUI2009):

February 8th, 2009, Sanibel Island, Florida 


Important Dates

Submission deadline: November 12th, 2008
Notification of acceptance: November 15th, 2008

Final camera ready submissions: November 28th, 2008

Workshop: February 8th, 2009

Participants will be required to submit a 2-4 page position paper which will
be reviewed by the workshop programme committee against the following
- Relevance to topic 
- Novelty/Originality of contribution 
- Rigour in approach 
- Potential impact 
- Ability to communicate to other disciplines 
- Ability to appreciate other disciplines 

Submissions will be accepted in a CHI format (template downloadable from
Workshop website).  Papers should be sent in PDF format to
hiins at cs.bath.ac.uk

 Workshop Outputs

The workshop will distribute the position papers to all attendees before the
workshop. At the workshop the focus will be on developing links, identifying
common themes, identifying common problems, developing opportunities for
joint working and combining of approaches, identifying appropriateness of
approaches to specific areas and problems. From the workshop we will produce
a research agenda and a structure for combining the approaches, problems etc
to identify opportunities for further joint research and joint publications.
In summary we will produce: 
- Pre workshop position papers 
- Post workshop research agenda 
- Post workshop research collaborations leading to collaborative funding
- Post workshop structure, themes, and contributing authors for a special
journal issue. 

Workshop Format

The workshop will have two distinct phases - first sharing attendees
interests, research areas, research problems and research approaches. From
this we will construct a capability map and identify where research
problems, approaches, come together and cluster across the attendees. The
second phase of the workshop will focus upon identifying a research agenda,
where and how different approaches might be fruitfully brought together to
address these research challenges, identify potential collaborative research
projects, and identify the structure, themes and authors for a special issue
of a journal.

Aims and Scope
Increasingly systems have the ability to undertake decisions and execute
actions without reference to people in either the choice of decision or the
course of action. Additionally such systems have the ability to work both
alongside and with people. However how these systems manage and execute
their work alongside people and with people and communicate and interact
with those people is a subject of current research concern. Issues arise
such as how do people who are in some sense part of a system that includes
"autonomous" components communicate, coordinate and collaborate together to
avoid conflict, failure or worse. Similarly, issues concern the recognition
and communication of intent, and implication with respect to human-system
interaction. Extending considerations to system - system interaction when we
create system that must communicate, coordinate and collaborate with each
other. These systems have to be designed but their behaviours and ongoing
interactions are often not well understood and/or evolve as the systems
develop. Examples of these systems are developing in many areas including
health, agriculture, transport, energy and defence. The focus of this
research is to bring together researchers from different disciplines who
have interests in understanding, designing, deploying and assessing the such
systems from the perspective of their interaction with people and how they
communicate, coordinate and collaborate. Drawing out such issues as
awareness, understanding, sharing and joint activity, and considering such
aspects as intentions, states, goals, and resources, through mechanisms such
as negotiation, planning, task-allocation and task sharing. 

This is a timely workshop and IUI is the main area that offers the chance
for these different communities to come together to focus on the nature and
form of human interaction with complex, networked and autonomous systems.
(Note: because the boundaries between these systems are blurred we are not
wishing to exclude any and while there are distinctions we do not want to
use those to divide or exclude possible attendees). 

The following are the workshop objectives: 
- Bring together a community of researchers and practitioners to develop the
research agenda needed to enhance human interaction with increasingly
powerful and independent intelligent systems e.g. sensors networks,
autonomous systems, agents and robotic systems. 
- This community will include but not be limited to those with interest in
decision-making, human computer interaction, collaborative work,
human-robot/agent interaction and sensor networks. 
- To define and harness the potential synergies between isolated communities
of interest such that they can collaborate to identify and tackle the
higher-level problems/research questions relating both to the current
generation of complex, powerful, independent, intelligent systems and the
- To identify specific opportunities for exchange between PIM researchers
and HCI researchers. 

Potential Participants

The workshop will be of interest to researchers and practitioners from a
number of communities. In particular we welcome and will attract attendees
from different communities including those working in: 
- Human computer interaction
- Intelligent systems and decision making 
- Sensors and networks 
- Human - Robot/Agent interaction 
- Collaborative systems


Workshop chairs:
Peter Johnson, University of Bath, UK
Mark T. Maybury , Information Technology Division, MITRE, USA 
Rachid Hourizi, University of Bath, UK
Christopher Middup, University of Bath, UK

Program committee:
Peter Johnson, University of Bath, UK
Mark Maybury, MITRE, USA 
Jill Drury, CSIRO, Australia 
Cecile Paris, MITRE, USA 
Neil Carrigan, University of Bath, UK 
Hilary Johnson, University of Bath, UK 
Jo Thoms, BAE Systems, UK 
Steve Benford, University of Nottingham UK

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