[robotics-worldwide] International Journal of Social Robotics - Special Issue on "Measuring Human-Robot Interaction" : Call for Papers

Luca Brayda luca.brayda at iit.it
Wed Feb 9 08:08:51 PST 2011

Call for papers
International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO), Springer
Special Issue on:
Measuring Human-Robot Interaction

Guest Editors: Luca Brayda and Ryad Chellali (Istituto Italiano di  
Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy)
Contact: luca.brayda at iit.it  (please download the CfP at: http://www.iit.it/soro 

Important dates:

     Submission of Manuscripts (deadline):......01-Jul-11
     Notification of Acceptance:................15-Sep-11
     Submission of Final Paper:.................15-Nov-11
     Final Acceptance:..........................15-Jan-12


Human-robot interaction is an important research area and essential  
for eventual seamless human-robot cohabitation. Human-human  
interaction and communication has a vast literature base that  
continues to be expanded by linguists, communication scientists,  
psychologists, and neuroscientists among others. Topics being studied  
in this domain include empathy, mirror neurons and theory of mind. A  
fundamental question is whether the same, or similar, human-human  
interaction mechanisms also drive human-robot interactions, an issue  
which is especially relevant for the field of social robotics.  
Although the controllable, measurable, and observable nature of robots  
provides researchers with an effectively infinite set of experimental  
conditions, the field of human-robot interaction is nevertheless  
constrained by a shortage of objective measurement methods for  
evaluating the nature and quality of communication among the elements  
of such systems.

Understanding the behavioural mechanisms of users of robots and of  
artificial agents can be beneficial for several other research topics  
including modeling and predicting attention, workload, boredom, and  
stress levels.
Other applications include pilot and vehicle drivers interfaces, tele- 
robot users, tele-surgeons, tele-touch technology, assistive robotic  
technology, assessment of robot companions and robotherapy, of  
prosthetic robotic technologies, robot design rules, multi-modal  
health monitoring systems, and service robotics.

Current approaches to evaluative recording include such overt measures  
as gestures, facial expressions, verbal speech, eye gaze, body  
language, impulsive movements, as well as such autonomic responses as  
breathing patterns, body temperature, galvanic skin response, and  
heart rate. An arguably more difficult challenge involves inferring  
more covert affective states, encompassing emotional reactions and non- 
verbal messages. A higher objective, of course, is to transcend the  
many often isolated data gathering efforts and combine the various  
approaches through classification and interpretation, using the tools  
of (for example) neuroscience, psychology, signal processing, system  
identification and modelling, and affective computing. Our ultimate  
goal is to establish a set of objective (preferably non-intrusive)  
metrics, based on behavioural and biological data, which provide  
insight into human physical, emotional and cognitive states in the  
human-robot interaction loop. It is anticipated that such metrics will  
be valuable as a preferably quantitative, but possibly also  
qualitative, way of concurrently advancing our knowledge base of both  
human-robot and human-human interactions.

The International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO) invites  
researchers working in the academy or industry to submit papers to  
this Special Issue.

Topics (solicited include, but not limited to):

- Objective measurements of efficiency, cognitive load and attention.
- Unimodal evaluation of human interaction with robots and artificial  
agents via optical (expressions, gestures, gaze), electrical (EEG,  
EOG, ECG, EMG, GSR, HR), auditory (verbal and non verbal speech)  
signal analysis.
- Multimodal evaluation of human interaction with robots and  
artificial/virtual agents
- Multimodal interaction, sensory fusion, sensory substitution and  
- Tele-touch and touch-based interaction with robots
- Measuring human entrainment with robots
- Speech recognition and synthesis
- Emotion recognition and synthesis
- Gesture recognition and synthesis
- Brain Computer Interfaces
- Augmented Cognition
- Measuring robot appearance, acceptance, expectation and the Uncanny  
- Evaluation of robotherapy, rehabilitation and assistive technologies

Authors who intend to submit a manuscript are encouraged to contact as  
soon as possible both guest editors:
luca.brayda at iit.it , ryad.chellali at iit.it
in order to ensure that the planned submission falls within the aims  
and scope of the special issue.

For more information and updates, please visit:

Submission On-Line:
SORO considers also accompanying multimedia material.

Description of the Journal, Aims and Scope, Authors' information:

Please submit the journal manuscripts by 01 July 2011.

The Editorial Board is committed to speedy review, fast publication,  
and high scientific impact.


Luca Brayda, PhD
Team Leader

luca.brayda at iit.it
skypename: chepotenza

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Via Morego, 30 16163 Genova
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