[robotics-worldwide] Call for papers: Ro-man 2009 Workshop on mixed-initiative and context awareness

Helge Hüttenrauch hehu at csc.kth.se
Mon Jun 8 06:00:45 PDT 2009

** Apologies for cross-postings **

 Improving Human-Robot Communication with
 Mixed-Initiative and Context-Awareness
 to be held at IEEE RO-MAN 2009,
 Robot and Human Interactive Communication
 Sep. 27 - Oct. 2, 2009,
 Toyama International Conference Center, Japan
Ro-Man 2009 - Workshop on Improving Human-Robot Communication with
Mixed-Initiative and Context-Awareness
Important Details:
Submission deadline: July 15, 2009
Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2009
Workshop date and location: September 28, 2009 - Toyama
International Conference Center, Japan
Workshop homepage: http://www.commrob.eu/ro-man/  
Workshop background and goals:
This one-day workshop addresses mixed-initiative communication and context-awareness in human-robot interaction. Although these topics can be investigated in isolation, a combined view of both aspects is often lacking when designing a human-robot interface. In this way, a potential quality improvement of the user interface is neglected.

As an illustration a service robot that is able to find and indicate products to the user in a supermarket [1] will require location awareness and the ability to communicate this place to users. Such context-awareness is also needed in order to decide which initiative and communication modality is meaningful for the user in a particular situation.

In this workshop we attempt to take the concepts of mixed-initiative and context awareness into consideration in an integrated manner. As the field of HRI is diverse we would like to bring interested researchers and developers together to jointly gain more insights on the different challenging issues and possible design approaches to address them.
Suggested Topics:
The topics suggested for this workshop include the following:

1.  Using different spatial data (vision, 3D-sound, GPS) for context understanding, supporting mixed-initiative between robots and their users
2.  Relevant scenarios for mixed-initiative and their requirements on context-awareness
3.  Design and development of mixed-initiative and spatial context- aware (multimodal) user interfaces
4.  Relevant applications and experiences of user interfaces based on context-awareness and mixed-initiative
Position papers (maximum of 4 pages) or work-in-progress papers covering new research ideas and future trends must be submitted in electronic form (in PDF). Selection will be carried out by an international team of experts. A criterion for selection will be novelty of idea or solution presented and relevance to the topics of the workshop. The paper must address at least one of the workshop topics. The presented ideas need not be mature but should be able to generate constructive discussion for future development. 

Participants will be notified at the end of July. We kindly request invited contributors to give a 10-15 minute presentation on their main idea(s) as seeding points for discussions.

Paper format: 2-4 pages in LNCS style
Submission procedure:
Please use the paper submission interface
to upload your complete paper. You will be given an id/password which may later be used to access the system again, so be careful to remember it.

Publication: The proceedings of the workshop will be print outs handed over to the workshop participants and CDs. Additionally, the proceedings are published on http://CEUR-WS.org and on the workshop webpage.
[1] Kaindl, H., Falb, J., Bogdan, C.: Multimodal communication involving movements of a robot. In: CHI 2008, Proceedings on User Interface Description Languages for Next Generation User Interfaces. (2008)

Kind regards from the workshop organizing team!

Helge Hüttenrauch, Ph.D.
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
S-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
skype: helgehuttenrauch

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