[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: HRI 2014 Workshop on Humans and Robots in Asymmetric Interactions

Anna-Lisa Vollmer anna-lisa.vollmer at plymouth.ac.uk
Fri Dec 6 10:36:32 PST 2013


HRI 2014 Workshop on Humans and Robots in Asymmetric Interactions

URL: https://aiweb.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/hri2014_workshop_asymmetric_interactions

Held in conjunction with HRI 2014 in Bielefeld, Germany: http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2014

 * Submission deadline: Friday, January 13, 2014
 * Notification: Friday, January 27, 2014
 * Camera-ready deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014
 * Workshop: Monday, March 3, 2014

Robots are not human. They might in some cases have a similar appearance but different behavioral and cognitive strengths and limitations. In this sense, an interaction with a robot is asymmetric. When interacting with a robot one is unsure what behavior to expect as the appearance does not necessarily make the robot’s abilities transparent. In human-human interaction, we can also find asymmetric interactions to occur. For example, in an interaction with a child, adults have to adapt to the learner’s capabilities and understanding. Similarly, in interactions with special populations such as persons with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), asymmetry occurs as specific information seems to be processed differently.
In this half-day interdisciplinary workshop, we will discuss how partners cope with asymmetry to succeed in interaction. Our discussion will be motivated by linguistic and non-linguistic interaction strategies that are developed online in human-human as well as human-robot asymmetric interaction. Persons for example are often guided by their expectations and expected abilities in the interaction partners resulting in difficulties in asymmetric interactions with robots and even toward humans. Our aim is to determine factors as well as methods that are capable of supporting communication in asymmetric interactions. By bringing together researchers working on the area of asymmetric interaction concerning both human-human and human-robot interaction, this workshop aims to develop novel views on interaction understanding and modeling as well as insights into alignment processes.

The workshop invites submissions describing original work, either completed or still in progress, related to one or more of the following topics:
 * interaction/behavioral strategies and their online generation
 * grounding, alignment, adaptation, achieving mutual understanding
 * learning (related to the workshop's topic)
 * recognition of the interaction partner's state (of understanding, emotional state, limitations etc.)
 * (automatic) understanding of partner's abilities
 * expectations
 * recognition, understanding and communication of own state
 * communication of own impairments
 * recognition and measurement of the extent of asymmetry of an interaction
 * solving the correspondence from the partner's to the own physiology
 * findings from human-human asymmetric interaction and their parallels to HRI
 * support-systems for communication

Workshop contributions should be submitted via e-mail in the ACM publication style to asymmetricinteractions at gmail.com in one of the following formats:
 * Full (position) paper (4-6 pages, PDF file)
 * Abstract (2 pages, PDF file)

Submitted papers and abstracts should conform to the HRI 2014 publication style; for templates and examples, follow the link:http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2014/authors/full-papers/.

Accepted papers will be published on the workshop website. Contributors will be invited to give a 20-minute oral presentation at the workshop.

 * Anna-Lisa Vollmer (Plymouth University)
 * Lars Schillingmann (Osaka University)
 * Britta Wrede (Bielefeld University)
 * Katharina J. Rohlfing (Bielefeld University)

 * Workshop Questions and Submissions (asymmetricinteractions at gmail.com)
 * Anna-Lisa Vollmer (anna-lisa.vollmer at plymouth.ac.uk)
 * Lars Schillingmann (lars at ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp)


Dr.-Ing. Anna-Lisa Vollmer
Marie Curie Experienced Researcher (RobotDoC ITN)
Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems
School of Computing and Mathematics
Plymouth University
Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Devon, United Kingdom

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