[robotics-worldwide] CFP ICRA 2010 Workshop on Interactive Communication for Autonomous Intelligent Robots (ICAIR)

Kruijff Geert-Jan gj at dfki.de
Thu Feb 4 06:41:24 PST 2010

*** CALL FOR PAPERS: ICAIR Workshop ***
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2010)  
Workshop on Interactive Communication for Autonomous Intelligent  
Robots (ICAIR)
"Making robots articulate what they understand, intend, and do."

May 7, 2010, Anchorage, AK, USA
icair-wsh at dfki.de


Human-robot interaction is becoming more and more complex through the  
growing number of abilities, both cognitive and physical, available to  
today's robots and through their resulting flexibility. At the same  
time, lay persons should be able to interact with robots in order to  
pursue the vision of a robot in every home. Though a lot of progress  
is apparent in the different fields in robotics with regard to  
learning, autonomous behaviours, safe navigation, and manipulation,  
the interface with the human user is quite often rather neglected.  
Many studies have been conducted unveiling the importance of properly  
designed adaptive human-robot interaction strategies and appropriate  
feedback, in particular. With interaction becoming more complex it is  
equally becoming more important to move beyond command style  
interfaces and equip robots with abilities to actually express and  
verbalise what they are doing, what their current problems might be  
and how they see the world. These interactive abilities have been  
shown to facilitate more effective and efficient interaction with  
humans using mostly natural modalities, but also robot-specific ones,  
such as visualisation techniques.


This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from disciplines  
such as linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, and robotics  
and tackle the interdisciplinary endeavour of verbalisation,  
articulation, and presentation of what a robot thinks, does, and wants.
This includes people building interactive robotic systems; people  
developing approaches to human-robot interaction; and people studying  
the impact and role of feedback and verbalisation on learning and  

Topics are gathered around these central goals and reach into aspects  
of user studies, speech processing, and interactive robotics. The  
participants are expected to discuss new ideas and identify cross- 
cutting research challenges.

Two inspiring keynote presentations, by Britta Wrede (Bielefeld  
University) and Kolja Kühnlenz (Technical University Munich) are  
intended to provide a broader view on the subject with a focus on why  
robots need to express their internal processing, assumptions, and  
expectation in an intuitively comprehensible way.


The workshop invites submissions describing original work, either  
completed or still in progress, related to interactive communication  
for autonomous intelligent robots.

Full papers (up to 6 pages) are solicited to provide an in-depth view  
into state-of-the-art solutions on verbalisation and multimodal  
articulation of such processing. Short position papers (up to 3 pages)  
will be given the possibility to report on ongoing research issues and  
novel results. Submissions for a video session (accompanied by a paper  
of 1–2 pages describing the core messages of the video) featuring  
interactive robots are also encouraged. The format for each submission  
follows the general ICRA format, e.g., they must use the ICRA LaTeX  

Submissions should be sent as PDF file to the following address:
icair-wsh at dfki.de

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

    * flexibly generating natural language from a robot's knowledge base
    * context-aware processing of spoken user input
    * verbal and non-verbal articulation and presentation of robot's  
processing in human-robot dialogues
    * situated dialogue: conducting dialogues about shared visual  
scenes and large-scale environments
    * techniques on presentation of its expectations, beliefs, and  
goals to human interaction partners
    * feedback models and flexible dialogue strategies
    * interactively learning robots: articulation of knowledge
    * affective computing in feedback and presentation
    * mixed-initiative in task-related human-robot interaction

Every submission should address one or more of the above-mentioned  
core issue.


    * SUBMISSION DEADLINE:              March 1, 2010
    * NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE:       March 8, 2010
    * CAMERA-READY SUBMISSIONS DUE:     March 12, 2010
    * LATE-BREAKING PAPERS:             March 31, 2010
    * VIDEO SUBMISSIONS DUE:            March 31, 2010
    * WORKSHOP DATE:                    May 7, 2010
    * ICRA CONFERENCE DATE:             May 3-8, 2010

The submission deadline is March 1, 2010. Due to the short deadline we  
also solicit late-breaking papers until March 31. Those papers will  
not be included in the proceedings CD but still be considered for  
presentation at the workshop and for contributing to the special  
journal issue. Authors submitting before the regular deadline are  
considered first. It is thus highly recommended to submit timely.

Camera-ready versions of accepted papers (received until March 12)  
will be published in the ICRA 2010 workshop/tutorial CD for all  
workshop registrants. Please note that this material will not appear  
in IEEE Xplore. It will not be a part of the Conference DVD and will  
be available only to those who register for workshops/tutorials.  
Online proceedings of the workshop (regular and late-breaking  
submissions) will be made available for download from the workshop  

A selection of papers accepted for presentation at the workshop  
(regular submissions and late-breaking submissions) will be invited  
for a special issue in the Springer International Journal of Social  


    * Marc Hanheide (University of Birmingham)
      m.hanheide at cs.bham.ac.uk
    * Geert-Jan M. Kruijff (DFKI Saarbrücken)
    * Hendrik Zender (DFKI Saarbrücken)


    * Shuzhi Sam Ge (National University of Singapore, editor of the  
International Journal of Social Robotics)
    * Gerhard Sagerer (Bielefeld University)
    * Henrik I. Christensen (Georgia Tech)
    * Patric Jensfelt (KTH Stockholm)
    * Marc Schröder (DFKI Saarbrücken)
    * Ingrid Zukermann (Monash University)
    * Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth)
    * Matthias Scheutz (Indiana University)
    * Adriana Tapus (ENSTA Paris)

m.hanheide at cs.bham.ac.uk

icair-wsh at dfki.de


Dr.ir. Geert-Jan M. Kruijff
Senior researcher/Project leader

Language Technology Lab,
Campus D3_2
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3,
D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany

Email:     gj at dfki.de
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