[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP CARs at HRI: Workshop on Culture Aware Robotics

Matthias Rehm matthias at create.aau.dk
Wed Dec 11 12:26:06 PST 2013

CARs at HRI: Workshop on Culture Aware Robotics at HRI, Bielefeld, 03 March 2014
Culture is not the first aspect that comes to mind when discussing human robot
interaction. But our cultural upbringing does to a large degree influence our
patterns of behavior and interpretation. Thus, culture is present in the
development of robotic systems right from the start, unconsciously influencing
how robots look, what we envision with them to do, and how they are programmed
to interact with the user. Thus, culture significantly shapes how we interact
with each other and with other social entities such as robots, and a better
understanding of cultural differences and commonalities will have significant
scientific, design, and societal implications. This workshop aims at improving
awareness on the topic and facilitates communication among researchers from
different cultures and those interested in culture as a factor in interacting
with robots. The scientific focus of the activity is directed to
culturally-aware robotics, which refers to a brand-new area in social robotics
and human robot interaction and is closely related to the emergence of the
field of culture aware computing in computer science and related disciplines.
The main focus is on understanding the influence of culture on many human
processes that affect human-robot interactions be it directly or indirectly.
Culture aware robots can thus be defined as robotic systems, where
culture-related information has had some impact on its design, runtime or
internal processes, structures, and/or objectives.
Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark
Maja Mataric, University of Southern California, USA
Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
Tatsuya Nomura, Ryukoku University, Japan
Important Dates
10 January 2014: Submission deadline
31 January 2014: Acceptance notification
15 February 2014: Camera-ready copy for Workshop proceedings
03 March 2014: Workshop at HRI
04-06 March 2014: HRI conference
Submission Instructions
We encourage papers from 4 up to 6 pages following the HRI 2014 paper
guidelines. Please submit your paper through Easychair. More information can be
found here: http://cars.e-hci.org/?page_id=8
Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings will be published electronically by AAU Press with ISBN/ISSN.
Additionally, it is planned to produce a book on Culture Aware Robotics for
which contributors to the workshop are invited to submit revised versions of
their contributions (deadline by the end of 2014).
Program Committee
Ruth Aylett, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, UK
Christoph Bartneck, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Emmanuel Blanchard, McGill University, Canada
Birgit Endrass, Augsburg University, Germany
Kerstin Fischer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Yoshinori Kuno, Saitama University, Japan
Karl F. MacDorman, Indiana University, USA
Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Majd Sakr, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar
Gabriele Trovato, Waseda University, Japan
Contact: cars-hri at googlegroups.com

Dr. Matthias Rehm, Associate Professor
Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology
Research Cluster Mobile Tracking Technology
Aalborg U Robotics
Aalborg University, Sofiendalsvej 11
9200 Aalborg, Denmark

Phone: +45 9940 8789
Fax:   +45 9940 9788
Email: matthias at create.aau.dk

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