[robotics-worldwide] HART - Human-Agent-Robot Teamwork at HRI '12 Call for Papers

Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw jbradshaw at ihmc.us
Fri Jan 20 15:15:54 PST 2012

4th Annual Human-Agent-Robot Teamwork Workshop
In conjunction with the 7th ACM/IEEE International
Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2012)
Boston, USA, March 5-8, 2012, 8am-5pm

Teamwork has become a widely accepted metaphor for describing the nature of multi-robot and multi-agent cooperation. By virtue of 

teamwork models, team members attempt to manage general responsibilities and commitments to each other in a coherent fashion that both enhances performance and facilitates recovery when unanticipated problems arise. Whereas early research on teamwork focused mainly on interaction within groups of autonomous agents or robots, there is a growing interest in leveraging human participation effectively. Unlike autonomous systems designed primarily to take humans out of the loop, many important applications require people, agents, and robots to work together in close and relatively continuous interaction. For software agents and robots to participate in teamwork alongside people in carrying out complex real-world tasks, they must have some of the capabilities that enable natural and effective teamwork among groups of people. Just as important, developers of such systems need tools and methodologies to assure that such systems will work together reliably and safely, even when they have been designed independently.

The purpose of the HART workshop is to explore theories, methods, and tools in support of humans, agents and robots working together in teams. Position papers that combine findings from fields such as computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, anthropology, social and organizational psychology, human-computer interaction to address the problem of HART are strongly encouraged. The workshop will formulate perspectives on the current state-of-the-art, identify key challenges and opportunities for future studies, and promote community-building among researchers and practitioners.

Workshop Overview

The workshop will be structured around four two-hour sessions on themes relevant to HART. Each session will consist of presentations and questions on selected position papers, followed by a whole-group discussion of the current state-of-the-art and the key challenges and research opportunities relevant to the theme. During the final hour, the workshop organizers will facilitate a discussion to determine next steps. The workshop will be deemed a success when collaborative scientific projects for the coming year are defined, and publication venues are explored. For example, results from the most recent HART workshop (Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, December 2010) will be reflected in a special issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems on HART that is slated to appear in March/April 2012.

Target Audience

No special prerequisites are demanded. However, participation in the workshop will be limited, with authors and presenters given priority. All attendees must register for both the HRI conference and the workshop. This emerging field is inherently inter-disciplinary, thus the workshop brings together researchers from such as computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, anthropology, social and organizational psychology, human-computer interaction.


We invite the submission of full papers or extended abstracts (PDF, double column, ACM SIG Proceedings format, 1-3 pages for extended abstracts, up to 8 pages for full papers). Submissions may be research papers on original work, system design descriptions, research surveys, project descriptions, or position papers. Note that papers without any explicit discussion or application of Human-Agent-Robot Teamwork will not be accepted. Please send the PDF submissions to all four conference organizers with the subject line “HART 2012 Submission.” At least one author of each accepted paper will be invited to participate in the workshop, however, in order to facilitate time for discussion, not all accepted papers will be presented at the workshop. Plans for Documenting the Workshop Final versions of papers will be available online on the workshop website and in a workshop proceedings. A subset of the papers will be chosen for publication.

Important Dates

20 January 2012: Deadline for submission of extended abstracts.
27 January 2012: Deadline for notifications sent to authors.
24 February 2012: Deadline for submission of final workshop contributions.
5 March 2012: Day of the workshop.

Organizer Contact Information

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL USA
Email: jbradshaw at ihmc.us
URL: http://www.ihmc.us/groups/jbradshaw

Virginia Dignum, Ph.D.
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Email: M.V.Dignum at tudelft.nl
URL: http://tbm.tudelft.nl/index.php?id=30130&L=1

Catholijn M. Jonker, Ph.D.
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Email: C.M.jonker at tudelft.nl
URL: http://mmi.tudelft.nl/~catholijn/

Maarten Sierhuis, Ph.D.
Email: sierhuis at ejenta.com

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