[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers: IJHR, Special Issue on "Face-to-Face Communication with Humanoid Robots"

Kuratate, Takaaki kuratate at tum.de
Mon May 21 01:40:47 PDT 2012


Call For Papers

Special Issue on "Face-to-Face Communication with Humanoid Robots"

International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (IJHR)




To establish better multi-modal communication between people and robots, it
is important for robots (or even for computers) to understand and respond in
more natural and familiar ways, that is, ways similar to those found in
human-to-human communication. Face-to-face communication is one of the most
important of these capabilities, and requires a range of sophisticated and
interlinked visual and auditory skills. The actions of the robot face need
to be coordinated: expressive auditory output needs to be synchronized with
the corresponding visually rich dynamics of the humanoid robot face or
computer face models. Face-to-face communication becomes even more important
when robots have an anthropomorphic form with multi-modal input and output
capabilities, as users typically expect human-like social competencies from
the robot. 

To achieve such communication skills for humanoids it is essential to
integrate (1) the interpretation of multi-modal face and gesture data from
users, including not only the reading of audio and video input, but also the
interpretation of its semantic content, (2) synthesis of appropriate
responses (using for example a dialogue manager) and (3) coherent
multi-modal face output (synchronizing auditory-visual speech output, facial
expressions and head motions).

As has been demonstrated on a number of robotic heads, expressing emotional
states together with acoustic information yields a more promising natural
interaction, as users perceive the robot to have a personality which
resonates with their intuitive sense of interaction.

This special issue will gather expertise from robotics and other disciplines
to address various aspects of face-to-face communication, especially those
that move forward the realization of physical systems for effective
human-robot communication.

Topics of Interest:

* Multi-modal input / output for facial human-machine interaction
* Robotic heads for face-to-face communication
* Facial animation/articulation
* Face expression models
* Conversational agents for humanoid robots
* Psychophysics studies of face-to-face communication with humanoid robots

Submission of Papers

Authors should follow the guidelines of the International Journal of
Humanoid Robotics (IJHR). The format is described at:

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their completed
manuscripts through the on-line submission system at:
with the note "This paper is submitted to the Special Issue on Face-to-Face
Communication with Humanoid Robots" according to the following submission

Proposed Schedule
* Paper deadline: July 15th, 2012
* Notification: September 15th, 2012
* Final paper due: October 15th, 2012

Guest Editors:
Takaaki Kuratate (Technical University Munich, Germany) <kuratate at tum.de>
Tony Belpaeme (Plymouth University, UK) <tony.belpaeme at plymouth.ac.uk>
Gordon Cheng (Technical University Munich, Germany) <gordon at tum.de>

Takaaki Kuratate, Ph.D.
Institute for Cognitive Systems
Technical University Munich
Karlstrasse 45/II, 80333 Munich, Germany
Email: kuratate at tum.de, kuratate0 at mac.com
Tel:  +49-89-289-26809

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