[robotics-worldwide] Final Call for Papers: DIALOG WITH ROBOTS: A 2010 AAAI FALL SYMPOSIUM

Takayuki Kanda kanda at atr.jp
Tue Jun 8 17:43:17 PDT 2010



                   November 11-13, Arlington, Virginia, USA



                           FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

                     Submission deadline: June 14th, 2010


                    [ apologies for multiple postings ]




The 2010 AAAI Fall Symposium on Dialog with Robots will bring together 

researchers from HRI, spoken dialog systems, intelligent virtual agents, and

other related disciplines to identify and discuss the core scientific

challenges of situated, open-world spoken language interaction with robots. 


Researchers in the human-robot interaction (HRI) community have addressed 

challenges at the intersection of robotics and cognitive psychology, human 

factors, and AI.  At the same time, concepts and methods for human-computer 

dialog have been maturing within the spoken dialog community, with the 

development of fundamental theories, formalisms, and computational models. 

However, spoken dialog efforts to date have focused almost exclusively on 

applications within restricted communication contexts, such as telephone-

PC-based information access.  


This symposium will seek to bridge the historical separation between spoken 

dialog research and HRI with the goals of sharing ideas and directions,

new perspectives on these challenging problems, and catalyzing new research

dialog with robots. 





Example relevant topics include, but are not limited to: 

* Human-robot dialog and physical context

  - multimodal conversational scene analysis

  - situated language understanding and generation

  - dialog models for open-world, multi-participant interaction

  - embodiment and communication affordances

* Nonverbal human-robot communication

  - gaze, gestures, posture, proxemics

  - cognitive architectures for integrating verbal and non-verbal

* Social aspects of human-robot dialog

  - models of affect and emotion

  - building engagement, rapport and trust

* Integration of communication and action in human-robot interaction

  - behavior-, intention-, and plan-recognition

  - spoken output and action planning

* Adaptation and learning in human-robot dialog

  - (life-long) learning and personalization

  - learning through interaction and by demonstration





The symposium will combine a variety of activities intended to facilitate 

interaction among participants from different communities and discussion of

challenges in bridging research in dialog and HRI. These activities will 

include, but are not limited to:

* Keynote speeches that will review the state-of-the-art in these areas and

  highlight novel directions for crosscutting research,

* Individual technical presentations by researchers

* Open panel discussions on several identified core challenges

* Breakout discussion sessions focused on developing a roadmap to

  facilitate crosscutting research in dialog and HRI.





We invite contributions from researchers and practitioners in HRI, dialog, 

intelligent virtual agents, as well as related fields, in the form of full 

papers (6 pages), extended abstracts (2 pages), or demonstration videos 

accompanied by a demonstration abstract (2 pages). Participants will also be

invited to fill in a 1-page position paper including a brief author bio, a 

description of research interests, and a discussion of one or more research 

challenge(s) at the intersection of dialog and robotics. An author kit and

details regarding submissions are available at the symposium web-site: 






June 14:      Paper submission deadline

July 8:       Notification of acceptance/rejection

July 22:      Camera ready deadline

September 17: Invited participants registration deadline

October 15:   Final (open) registration deadline





Dan Bohus - Microsoft Research, USA

Eric Horvitz - Microsoft Research, USA

Takayuki Kanda - ATR, Japan 

Bilge Mutlu - University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Antoine Raux - Honda Research Institute, USA 





Timothy Bickmore - Northeastern University, USA

Aude Billard - EPFL, Switzerland

Justine Cassell - Northwestern University, USA

Michita Imai - Keio University, Japan

Geert-Jan Kruijff - DFKI Language Technology Lab, Germany

Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova - DFKI & University of Saarland, Germany

Louis-Philippe Morency - University of Southern California, USA

Mikio Nakano - Honda Research Institute, Japan

Dennis Perzanowski - Navy Research Laboratories, USA

Charles Rich - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Alex Rudnicky - Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Brain Scassellati - Yale University, USA

Candy Sidner - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Rainer Stiefelhagen - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Stewart Tansley - Microsoft Research, USA

Andrea Thomaz - Georgia Tech, USA

Gregory Trafton - Navy Research Laboratories, USA

David Traum - University of Southern California, USA

Steve Young - University of Cambridge, UK





Additional information is available at the symposium web-site:



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