[robotics-worldwide] [CFP Advanced Robotics]: Special Issue on Physical Human-Robot Interaction Through Force Interfaces

Christian.Ott at dlr.de Christian.Ott at dlr.de
Thu Nov 12 00:40:57 PST 2009

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           C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S

                 ADVANCED ROBOTICS

    Special Issue on Physical Human-Robot Interaction 
              Through Force Interfaces


  Dr. Christian Ott (DLR, Germany)
  Prof. Dragomir Nenchev (Tokyo City University, Japan)

Important Dates:
  Submission deadline: 30th April 2010
  Publication date:    March 2011, (Vol. 25, No. 4)


Human-robot interaction (HRI) is a relatively newly established area of
research within the field of robotics, rapidly growing together with
research efforts toward the design of new robots for everyday life
environments. HRI is actually a wide interdisciplinary area, strongly
related also to other fields like psychology, cognitive science, human
factors, artificial intelligence, organizational behavior, anthropology
etc. The importance of HRI has also been recognized through the
establishment of two annual conferences: "Robot and Human Communication
(ROMAN)" (since 1992) and "Human and Robot Interaction" (established
more recently, in 2006). Advanced Robotics has occasionally published
papers, mainly related to the specific HRI aspect of interactive
communication, e.g. in special issues like "Communication and Robotics"
(Vol. 11, No. 8), and "Robot and Human Interactive Communication" (Vol.
23, No. 14).
This special issue is dedicated to another aspect of HRI --- that of
physical human-robot interaction. This topic has already been addressed
in past research, but there is no doubt that most of the work lies
ahead. Indeed, only recently we started witnessing more systematic
efforts toward such an important issue as safety of robot operation
within dwelling environments, where, intentional or not, physical
contacts between human and robot are inevitable. Other aspects of
physical interaction include the mental and physical healing effects
obtained via physical interaction with cute pet robots, and with
skin-care robots, respectively. We invite papers on all aspects of
physical interaction through a force interface, which may include, but
are not limited to those listed below: 
  - Robot guidance via a force interface
  - Robot response to external disturbances
  - Touching a robot
  - Touched by a robot
  - Safety issues
  - Control aspects for HRI via force and touch

Pdf format file of the complete manuscript should be sent by April 30,
2010 to the office of Advanced Robotics, the Robotics Society of Japan
through our homepage (www.advanced-robotics.org). Sample form of the
manuscript is available at the homepage, too. Additionally, please send
the same file to Dr. Christian Ott (Christian.Ott at dlr.de) and to Prof.
Dragomir Nenchev (nenchev at tcu.ac.jp) for confirmation.

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