[robotics-worldwide] CFP: RSS 2013 Workshop on Human Robot Collaboration

Jim Boerkoel boerkoel at csail.mit.edu
Mon Apr 1 04:31:58 PDT 2013

Human Robot Collaboration
A workshop held in conjuction with the 2013 Robotics Science and Systems
June 28, 2013, Berlin, Germany


You’re Hired! Employing Robots to Work with Human Teams:

What would it take to introduce a robot into a human team, in an
environment designed for humans? Sharing a workspace with humans and
augmenting them to accomplish a task more effectively raises several
important challenges. Humans must be able to effectively program the robot,
as well as help it recover and learn from errors. The robot must be safe
and intuitive, both through its hardware and through the way it acts and
moves. It must not only possess or learn a model of the task at hand, but
also coordinate its actions with those of its teammates within that model.
In order to achieve this coordination, the robot must communicate
relentlessly and via numerous channels (e.g. speech, gaze, motion). This
full-day workshop will feature three oral sessions as well as a poster
session. The oral sessions will consist of invited talks, contributed paper
spotlights, and will feature a discussion that centers around a relevant
challenge/issue in the community. Any papers that discuss challenges in
developing human-robot collaborative systems in natural human environments
are welcomed. In particular, we invite submissions that are centered on the
following topics:

 + Motion Generation – Natural, predictable motion through trajectory
optimization and learning from human motion;
 + Reactive Behavior – reactive motion through planning and control in
dynamic human environments;
 + Learning from Demonstration – Learning skills or tasks from
demonstrations, online error correction;
 + Coordination – Dynamic coordination, Multi-agent planning, Human-robot
collaborative manipulation; and
 + Communication – Expressing robot intent and predicting human intent,
social structures in human-robot relationship (co-worker vs. master/slave).


 + May 3 – Submission Deadline
 + May 20 – Acceptance Notification
 + June 28 – 2013 HRC Workshop in Berlin, Germany


We welcome all papers that contribute to the field of human robot
collaboration including reactive behavior, learning from demonstration,
coordination, and communication. All submissions will receive at least two
single-blind reviews and be evaluated in terms of significance, relevance,
and technical quality.

Submitted papers should be:
 + up to 6 pages in length;
 + formatted according to the RSS paper submission guidelines (
 + uploaded via the HRC2013 Submission Site (

 + Aude Billard – Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
 + Frank Broz – Plymouth University
 + Sonia Chernova – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
 + Chad Jenkins – Brown University
 + Danica Kragic – Royal Institute of Technology
 + Julie Shah – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 + Sidd Srinivasa – Carnegie Mellon University

 + James Boerkoel – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 + Sachin Chitta – Willow Garage
 + Anca Dragan – Carnegie Mellon University
 + Scott Niekum – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 humanrobotcollaboration at gmail.com
Jim Boerkoel, PhD
Interactive Robotics Group @ MIT

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