[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] WORKSHOP at HRI 2014 - HRI: a bridge between Robotics and Neuroscience

Alessandra Sciutti alessandra.sciutti at gmail.com
Sun Dec 15 09:14:03 PST 2013

Apologies for cross-posting



Workshop "HRI: a bridge between Robotics and Neuroscience", at HRI 2014,
Bielefeld, DE


March 3, 2014

Submission deadline: January 13, 2014

Notification of acceptance: January 27, 2014

Website: http://http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~kl360/HRI2014W/






Prof. Malinda Carpenter, University of St Andrews on research leave at Max
Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 

Prof. Luciano Fadiga, Italian Institute of Technology

Prof. Giulio Sandini, Italian Institute of Technology

Prof. Brian Scassellati, Yale University


A fundamental challenge for robotics is to transfer the human natural social
skills to the interaction with a robot. At the same time, neuroscience and
psychology are still investigating the mechanisms behind the development of
human-human interaction. HRI becomes therefore an ideal contact point for
these different disciplines, as the robot can join these two research
streams by serving different roles. From a robotics perspective, the study
of interaction is used to implement cognitive architectures and develop
cognitive models, which can then be tested in real world environments.

>From a neuroscientific perspective, robots could represent an ideal stimulus
to establish an interaction with human partners in a controlled manner and
make it possible studying quantitatively the behavioral and neural
underpinnings of both cognitive and physical interaction. Ideally, the
integration of these two approaches could lead to a positive loop: the
implementation of new cognitive architectures may raise new interesting
questions for neuroscientists, and the behavioral and neuroscientific
results of the human-robot interaction studies could validate or give new
inputs for robotics engineers. However, the integration of two different
disciplines is always difficult, as often even similar goals are masked by
difference in language or methodologies across fields. The aim of this
workshop will be to provide a venue for researchers of different disciplines
to discuss and present the possible point of contacts, to address the issues
and highlight the advantages of bridging the two disciplines in the context
of the study of interaction. 





- Human Robot Interaction

- Cognitive Models

- Development of Social Cognition

- Neural bases of Interaction

- Cognitive and Physical Interaction

- Social Signals






The workshop will consist of invited keynotes, time for discussions and will
also feature a poster session.

Prospective participants are invited to submit full papers (8 pages) or
short papers (2 pages). Submissions will be accepted in PDF format only,
using the HRI formatting guidelines and including author names. Authors
should send their papers to hri2014workshop at gmail.com. All submissions will
be peer-reviewed. Upon available time, selected contributions may have the
opportunity to be presented in the oral session. The other selected
contributions will be presented as posters during a dedicated session. 

Accepted publications will be published on our workshop web page. Depending
on the overall quality of the contributions, we might consider proposing a
Special Issue to journal in the near future.

Authors will have the option of opting out from including their reports in
the website. Information on the opt-out option will be provided along with
the acceptance notice for the papers.


In addition to the submission  participants have to answer one of the
following questions:

- Which outcomes should provide neuroscientific research to be useful to
robotics? And vice versa? Can descriptive results be enough or a modelling
is necessary for a positive communication to exist?

- How can robotics research contribute to/influence neuroscience and/or
psychology? Although there are many robotics studies inspired by evidences
obtained in neuroscience and/or psychology, the impact of robotics on
neuroscience or psychology is less evident, especially the modelling
research. What can roboticists do to cause a paradigm shift?

- Where the bridge between robotics and neuroscience is more useful, and
where is it not (or less)? E.g., very useful for social robotics, less
useful for algorithm design (or not?)

- How this bridge should be built? At the level of the single individual
(i.e. a person with multidisciplinary background), at the level of a group
(i.e., a group of people with different backgrounds), at the level of a
department (with different labs meeting once in a while) or a mix of the

Upon available time, those questions/answers will be used to "drive" a final





Submission deadline: January 13, 2014

Notification of acceptance: January 27, 2014

March 3, 2014, Workshop at HRI 2014





- Alessandra Sciutti

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 

- Katrin Solveig Lohan

  Heriot-Watt University

- Yukie Nagai

  Osaka University 



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