[robotics-worldwide] Reminder CFP HRI 2010 Workshop on Robot Morphology

Angel P. del Pobil pobil at icc.uji.es
Wed Jan 13 07:15:52 PST 2010

Deadline is approaching: Jan. 15

5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on

Workshop on
Interaction Science Perspective on HRI: Designing Robot Morphology
March 2, Osaka (Japan)



This half-day HRI 2010 workshop will address the impact of robot 
morphology on human-robot interaction (HRI) from the perspective of 
Interaction Science (IS), which advances knowledge about human 
interactions with digital technologies for pursuing theory, design, 
creation, implementation and evaluation of communication technologies.

If embodiment is the unique feature of robots, then a fundamental HRI 
issue pertains to the effect of a particular morphology or physical 
design in the way humans interact with a robot, what humans expect 
the robot to do, and how humans respond to it. Morphology is first 
conditioned by the specific engineering purpose that the robot must 
fulfill. For example, a vision-based system suggests the design of an 
anthropomorphic face, but this has to be balanced with the "uncanny 
valley effect": at what point does human response to an 
anthropomorphic robot change from empathy to repulsion? Clearly, 
morphology holds important meanings for users. Different morphologies 
suggest different affordances to users, triggering a variety of 
cognitive heuristics and thereby shaping their interactions with 

As the outcome of this workshop, we expect some progress towards more 
human-acceptable interactions with robots by understanding the 
cognitive, behavioral, organizational, and contextual factors of 
morphology in HRI and paving the way for development of meta-theories 
and design guidelines. We emphasize the importance of the user 
context and the complexity and diversity of human behavior, along 
with a highly multi-disciplinary approach to HRI, involving 
participants from communication, engineering, psychology, design, and 
other disciplines. By encouraging integration of multiple 
perspectives, we aspire to arrive at new insights. The workshop will 
be organized in such a way as to generate fruitful discussions, it 
will consist of invited presentations, regular presentations and 
posters, with additional time for discussions. 

Call for Contributions

Contributions are solicited in different categories provided that 
they are relevant to the workshop topic, i.e. the impact of robot 
morphology on HRI, as described above. We encourage a variety of 
perspectives on this topic in the interdisciplinary spirit of 
Interaction Science, emphasizing user aspects of robot morphology. 
Thus, submissions could describe results of research, user studies, 
research in progress, position papers, concept explication, 
theoretical elaboration, descriptions of interface prototypes and 
other forms of contributions to advancement of knowledge pertaining 
to robot morphology and HRI. Final contributions will be included in 
the workshop proceedings, available to all attendees of the 

Submissions should be in pdf format and preferably in standard IEEE 
two-column format, but no longer than 2 pages. All submissions should 
be sent by email to both organizers of the workshop:

Angel P. del Pobil <pobil at icc.uji.es> and
S. Shyam Sundar <sss12 at psu.edu>

NO LATER than 5 pm GMT on 15 January 2010 (firm deadline)

Please include [HRI2010] in the email subject line and the following 
information in the body: title of paper, author list, contact email, 
name of attached pdf file.

Important Dates:

15 January 2010 - Extended abstracts submission deadline
20 January 2010 - Notification of acceptance
10 February 2010 - Final versions due

The organizers will put together the proceedings of the workshop 
consisting of accepted contributions in final form, the conclusions 
resulting from the discussions and other relevant materials.


Angel P. del Pobil, Robotic Intelligence Laboratory (http://www.robot.uji.es)
Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain, <pobil at icc.uji.es>, 

Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Universitat Jaume I (Spain) 
and founding director of the UJI Robotic Intelligence Laboratory. His 
research interests include: human-robot interaction, humanoid robots, 
service robotics, robot physical interaction, robot learning, 
developmental robotics, and the interplay between neurobiology and 

S. Shyam Sundar, Media Effects Research Laboratory 
College of Communications, The Pennsylvania State University, USA 
<sss12 at psu.edu>, http://comm.psu.edu/people/sss12

S. Shyam Sundar (PhD, Stanford University) is distinguished professor 
of communication and founding director of the Media Effects Research 
Laboratory at Penn State University (USA). His research investigates 
social and psychological effects of technological elements in media 
interfaces. His MAIN Model is particularly appropriate for studying 
the role of robot morphology on user cognitions and their  subsequent 

This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Interaction Science, 
Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.

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