[robotics-worldwide] [CFP] CogSci Workshop on Teleoperated Android as a Tool for Cognitive Studies, Communication and Art

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Tue May 22 19:11:58 PDT 2012

CogSci 2012 Workshop on 
Teleoperated Android as a Tool for Cognitive Studies, Communication and Art

Date: August 1st (Wed), 2012  09:00-17:00
Location: Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Japan

* Important Dates:
June 15, 2012:	Paper submission deadline
July 01, 2012:	Notification

* Theme of the workshop
The aim of this full-day workshop is to introduce and discuss on
current insights and future usage of teleoperated androids.

Teleoperated androids, robots owning humanlike appearance equipped
with semi-autonomous teleoperation facility, was first introduce to
the world in 2007 with the public release of Geminoid HI-1. Geminoid
is a teleoperated android robot that resembles existing human
being. While androids were designed for studying human nature in
general, geminoids was made to study individual aspects as presence or
personality traits, tracing their origins and implementation into
robots. Both its appearance that resembles the source person and its
teleoperation functionality serves in making Geminoid as a research
tool. After the release of Geminoid HI-1, several types of
teleoperated androids has been produced: Geminoid F, Geminoid DK,
Telenoid R1/R2 and Elfoid P1. While the Geminoids are after real
existing persons, Telenoid and Elfoid are attempts to represent human
beings in their minimalistic forms; a challenge to see to what extent
elements that forms us can be omitted but still able to transfer
presence of the teleoperating person.

Since their birth, Geminoids and Telenoids have been used in a variety
of domains throughout the world, from studies in various fields such
as in cognitive psychology / neuroscience, social psychiatry,
developmental psychology, robotics, and human-machine interface to
philosophy and art. One example is the android drama which showed new
possibilities on not only on usage for teleoperated android robots but
for artistic representations as well as seeking purity in the natures
of human beings.

The past workshops that concentrated on autonomous humanlike robots
and androids laid a foundation for android science research, a field
that integrates the synthetic approach from robotics with the
empirical methodologies of the social sciences. Participants, coming
from engineering and the social, cognitive, and biological sciences
sought fundamental principles underlying cognition and communication
between individuals.

In this workshop, we will focus on the further enhanced and broadened
usage of teleoperated androids that can provide new means for
cognitive science studies, and can bridge the gap between cognitive
neuroscience and the behavioral sciences, as well as philosophy,
social science and arts, leading to a new way of understanding human

* Submission Guideline:
Manuscripts must be in English, max. 4 pages following the CogSci 
formats. For details, please refer to the following page:

Submit by sending the pdf to: nishio <at> ieee.org

* Topics
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Using teleoperated androids as an controllable mankind for
  psychological experiments 
- The role of affect and motivation in social development or
- Empathic relationships among people and/or robots 
- How people becomes adapted to teleoperated androids 
- The evolution, development, and nature of agency, intentionality, or
  social intelligence 
- Models of personal, interindividual, group, or cultural norms 
- Cross-modal synchronization or stabilized plasticity in speech
  and/or gesture 
- Teleoperated androids in the society 
- Androids working alongside people as peers 
- Applications in human environments 
- Ethical issues concerning teleoperated androids 
- Perception of naturalness, attractiveness, or charisma of
  teleoperated androids 
- Minimal elements required to show human likeliness 
- The relationship between appearance and perceived behavior 
- The Total Turing Test 
- Teleoperated androids as communication device 
- Elderly care with teleoperated androids 
- Using teleoperated androids for artistic expression

* Organizers:
- Shuichi NISHIO
  Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory,
  Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
- Hiroshi ISHIGURO
  Department of Systems Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering Science,
  Osaka University

* Contact:
For questions/submissions, please contact:
Shuichi Nishio (nishio <at> ieee.org)

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