[robotics-worldwide] Second Call: CFP Abstract for "Experimental Design for Real-World Systems

Kate Tsui ktsui at cs.uml.edu
Tue Sep 2 19:56:34 PDT 2008

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Experimental Design for Real-World Systems

AAAI Spring 2009 Symposium, March 23-25, Palo Alto, CA

Submission deadline: October 3, 2008

As more artificial intelligence (AI) research is fielded in real-world
applications, the evaluation of systems designed for human-machine
interaction becomes critical. AI research often intersects with other
areas of study, including human-robot interaction, human-computer
interaction, assistive technology, and ethics. Designing experiments
to test hypotheses at the intersections of multiple research fields
can be incredibly challenging. Many commonalities and differences
already exist in experimental design for real-world systems. For
example, the fields of human-robot interaction and human-computer
interaction are two fields that have both joint and discrete goals.
They look to evaluate very different aspects of design, interface, and
interaction. In some instances, these two fields can share aspects of
experimental design, while, in others, the experimental design must be
fundamentally different.

We will provide a forum for researchers from many disciplines to
discuss experiment design and the evaluation of real-world systems. We
invite researchers from all applicable fields of human-machine
interaction. We also invite researchers from allied fields, such as
psychology, anthropology, design, human-computer interaction,
human-robot interaction, rehabilitation and clinical care, assistive
technology, and other related disciplines.

This symposium will focus on a wide variety of topics that address the
challenges of experiment design for real-world systems including:
* the design of system evaluations,
* successes and failures in system evaluations,
* survey design for user studies,
* understanding the role technology plays in society,
* ethics of human subject studies,
* evaluating the use of machines as interventions,
* the uses of quantitative and qualitative data,
* and other related topics.

Format and Submissions

We will have a mix of plenary speakers, short presentations, and
break-out groups. We will also have a poster session. Short
presentations and posters are invited to submit an abstract (< 3
pages) on experiments conducted during their research, focused on the
experimental methodology, especially those with unusual and effective
methodologies. Submission formatting details at
http://robotics.usc.edu/~dfseifer/aaai-expdesign/. Email submissions to
aaai-sss-2009 at cs.uml.edu.

Important Dates

* Call for Papers Due: October 3, 2008
* Authors Notified: November 2008
* Camera Ready Due: January 9, 2009

Organizing Committee

David Feil-Seifer (USC), Heidy Maldonado (Stanford), Bilge Mutlu
(CMU), Leila Takayama (Stanford), Katherine Tsui (UMass Lowell)

Program Committee

Jenny Burke (USF), Kerstin Dautenhahn (Hertfordshire), Gert Jan
Gelderbloom (VILANS), Maja Mataric (USC), Aaron Steinfeld (CMU), Holly
Yanco (UMass Lowell)

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