[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: HRI 2014 Workshop on Timing in Human-Robot Interaction

Crystal Chao cchao at gatech.edu
Tue Dec 17 12:33:03 PST 2013

Workshop Call for Papers

HRI 2014 Workshop on Timing in Human-Robot Interaction

03 March 2014, Bielefeld University, Germany

Full-day workshop, held in conjunction with the
9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014)

Timing plays a role in a range of human-robot interaction scenarios, as humans are highly sensitive to timing and interaction fluency. It is central to spoken dialogue, with turn-taking, interruptions, and hesitation influencing both task efficiency and user affect. Timing is also an important factor in the interpretation and generation of gestures, gaze, facial expressions, and other nonverbal behavior. Beyond communication, temporal synchronization is functionally necessary for sharing resources and physical space, as well as coordinating multi-agent actions. Timing is thus crucial to the success of a broad spectrum of HRI applications, including but not limited to situated dialogue; collaborative manipulation; performance, musical, and entertainment robots; and expressive robot companions.

Recent years have seen a growing interest in the HRI community in the various research topics related to human-robot timing. The purpose of this workshop is to explore and discuss theories, computational models, systems, empirical studies, and interdisciplinary insights related to the notion of timing, fluency, and rhythm in human-robot interaction.

Example submission topics include, but are not limited to: 

• Timing models and systems implemented in real-time domains, including:
     • human-robot teamwork
     • spoken and situated dialogue
     • performance, entertainment, and musical robots
• Action synchronization and coordination between modalities and agents
• Behavior and interaction planning with time-sensitive constraints
• Incremental perception and behavior generation
• Theories and models with timing-specific elements
• Empirical studies on effects and perceptions of human or robot timing 

We seek an interdisciplinary dialogue on the topic of timing, encouraging submissions and participation from research fields outside the robotics community. We welcome perspectives from psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, social science, humanities, and the arts.


We will accept papers of 2 to 6 pages through a peer-review process. Submissions are not double-blind. Contributions can be completed projects, work-in-progress, position papers, or summaries of previously published work written through the lens of timing for HRI.

Submit papers to timingworkshop at gmail.com in PDF format according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) by January 22, 2014. 

Important Dates

• 22 Jan 2014 — Submission deadline
• 29 Jan 2014 — Notification of acceptance
• 21 Feb 2014 — Camera-ready papers
• 03 Mar 2014 — Workshop


• Guy Hoffman, IDC Herzliya (hoffman at idc.ac.il)
• Maya Cakmak, University of Washington (mcakmak at cs.washington.edu)
• Crystal Chao, Georgia Institute of Technology (cchao at gatech.edu)

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