[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Papers: RO-MAN 2014 Workshop on "Wearable Technology and Human - Wearable Robot Interaction"

Barbara Bruno barbara.bruno at unige.it
Tue Apr 8 06:44:48 PDT 2014

Workshop on "Wearable Technology and Human - Wearable Robot Interaction",
co-located with the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human
Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014),
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, August 25-29, 2014.

Keynote talk: Prof. Henrik H. Lund (Technical University of Denmark)

Website: http://humanwearablerobotinteraction.co.nf/


Submission of workshop papers: 02/05/2014
Notification of acceptance: 28/05/2014
Submission of camera-ready workshop papers: 10/06/2014
Workshop date: 25/08/2014


The Workshop aims at defining objectives, techniques and challenges for wearable
robotics and at investigating the interplay between (i) wearable technology,
(ii) robotics and (iii) humans under different perspectives.

Wearable technology can serve both for body-centered sensing (using, for
example, distributed accelerometers and tactile receptors, global and local
positioning sensors, skin conductance and humidity sensors) and for informing
wearable actuation mechanisms (e.g., aiding limb motions for rehabilitation
purposes), as well as for human-based environmental sensing (e.g., embedded
cameras and microphones, gas and smoke sensors).
The collected information can be shared across an Internet-based infrastructure
and different application scenarios can be envisaged. These include: human
wellbeing and health state monitoring, sport activities, shared workspaces with
robots in factories, as well as dangerous settings like extra vehicular
activities in space, firefighting, rescue missions, etc.

Independently of the specific application scenario, at the
scientific/technological level, three key research strands can be pursued to
build advanced wearable solutions for human - wearable robot interaction:
1. the development of flexible electronics solutions to allow wearable
technology to adapt to different human body shapes (e.g., different sizes) and
2. the design of computational models to retrieve useful information (possibly
at the symbolic/semantic level) out of distributed sensory information in real-
time. Examples of "useful information" include posture, (sequence of) performed
activities, next activity prediction, context assessment and situation
3. the development of models for human - wearable robot interaction. Humans
should be able to receive information from wearable technology as well as to
communicate with it using a wide spectrum of media (e.g., language-based, visual
and haptic interaction).


The Workshop is organized as a half-day event co-located with the 23rd IEEE
International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-
MAN 2014).

The objective of the Workshop is to elicit and share best practices among the 
research community working on this topic in order to lead to a clearer
understanding of the main challenges and a possible industry-oriented 
exploitation of the results. We wish to:
1. encourage the development of human-oriented flexible electronics solutions
2. identify methods and techniques for the design of computational models to 
manage distributed sensory information
3. promote the integration of wearable sensory information with environmental 
4. define goals and challenges for human - wearable robot interaction
5. identify methods and techniques for the development of models for human - 
wearable interaction
6. develop and share agreed performance measures

Field experiences and success stories are particularly welcome.


* Panagiotis Artemiadis (Arizona State University, USA)
* Kyu-Jin Cho (Seoul National University, Korea)
* Josechu J. Guerrero (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
* Tatsuya Harada (University of Tokyo, Japan)
* Damith C. Herath (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
* Teruo Higashino (Osaka University, Japan)
* Fumiya Iida (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland)
* Dana Kulic (University of Waterloo, Canada)
* Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Tokyo, Japan)
* Michael Lawo (University of Bremen, Germany)
* Henrik H. Lund (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
* Carmel Majidi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
* Jun Miura (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)
* Changhyun Pang (Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea)
* Marko B. Popovic (Worchester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
* Fabio Ramos (University of Sidney, Australia)
* Daniel Roggen (University of Sussex, UK)
* Mauro Serpelloni (University of Brescia, Italy)
* Weihua Sheng (Oklahoma State University, USA)
* Conor J. Walsh (Harvard University, USA)
* Rob J. Wood (Harvard University, USA)
* Xiaodong Zhang (Northwestern Polytechnical University, P.R. of China)

** TOPICS **

The addressed topics are related (but not limited) to:

* Activity recognition and situation understanding using wearable robots
* Human behavior monitoring using wearable information
* Internet and cloud based applications of wearable robots
* Management of distributed sensory information in body sensor networks
* Networking in wearable robots
* New generation, stretchable and bendable sensing devices
* Physical (tactile and haptic) human - wearable robot interaction
* Real-time information processing in wearable robots
* Real world applications of wearable robots and use cases
* Verbal, context-based and implicit interaction with wearable devices
* Wearable robot mediated situation awareness for humans


Researchers presenting their results at the Workshop will be requested to submit
a 4-page extended abstract, including figures, tables and references.

Submissions must be PDF files conformant with the IEEE RO-MAN 2014 manuscript
guidelines. Templates are available at:
http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/tex.php (LaTeX)
http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/word.php (MS-Word)

Submissions must be sent by e-mail to Barbara Bruno at:
barbara.bruno at unige.it

The extended abstracts will form the Workshop Proceedings. We are evaluating
a post-Workshop extended publication of results, either as an edited book or
a journal special issue.


Barbara Bruno. Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and 
Systems Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy.

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni. Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, 
Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy.

Antonio Sgorbissa. Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics 
and Systems Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy.


For any inquiry please send an e-mail to the Organizers at:
barbara.bruno at unige.it
fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it
antonio.sgorbissa at unige.it

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