[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2nd CFP - RO-MAN 2014 Workshop - Towards a Framework for Joint Action (FJA2014) -

Rachid Alami rachid.alami at laas.fr
Sun Apr 13 13:49:30 PDT 2014


RO-MAN 2014 Workshop "Towards a Framework for Joint Action" (FJA2014)


                   Call For Papers 

The RO-MAN 2014 Workshop "Towards a Framework for Joint Action"
(FJA2014) is a full-day workshop held in conjunction with the 23rd
IEEE International Symposium on Robot And Human Interactive
Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014), in Edinburgh on August 25 2014. 
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from several disciplines
to discuss the development of frameworks for thinking about and
designing human-robot joint action.

For more than a decade, the field of human-robot interaction has
generated many valuable contributions of interest to the robotics
community at large. The field is vast, going all the way from
perception (e.g., tactile or visual) to action (e.g., manipulation,
navigation) and decision (e.g., interaction, human-aware
planning). However, when it comes to the development of future robot
assistants or robotic teammates in mixed human-robot teams, there is a
need for a deeper understanding of human-robot joint action that could
provide a framework for the different contributions and studies.

It is interesting to observe, from a roboticist point of view, that
research on human joint action is a topic of intense research in
cognitive psychology and philosophy. In this workshop, we would like
to analyze the fundamental assumptions as well as detailed empirical
findings from these disciplines and connect them with various ongoing
research activities in robotics, from the design of control
architectures to human-robot interaction.

More specifically, our goal is to bring various aspects of existing
work together and examine how they can help us define the kind of
integrative framework needed for the design of an autonomous robot
that can engage in long-term interaction with a human partner. This
framework should be able to serve two complementary purposes. On the
one hand, it should help us define with precision what a robot needs
to understand about the human it interacts with for the interaction to
be successful and thus what capacities the robot should be equipped
with to ensure it can build this understanding. On the other hand, the
robot also needs to be understood by its human partner and this
framework should help us clarify how this understanding operates and
what is needed to enable the robot to behave appropriately and in a
way that manifests what it is doing to the human partner.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in robotics,
psychologists and philosophers. This will create a unique opportunity
for scientific exchange between these disciplines. In particular,
psychologists and philosophers will be given the opportunity to
present recent developments in joint action research, while
roboticists will be able to discuss the challenges they face with
regard to human-robot interaction and more precisely human-robot joint
activity. We imagine and hope that the workshop will be a first
meeting in a series of workshops in the coming years that will create
a context in which interested researchers can come together and
discuss the development of an integrative framework for research on
human-robot joint action.

The workshop will be divided in two parts. In the morning, speakers
will provide an overview of recent work on joint action from
philosophical and psychological perspectives, followed by an overview
of current challenges in robotics regarding human-robot and
robot-robot joint action.

In the afternoon, participants will be invited to present their own
work and ideas regarding key issues in joint action research in the
different fields. This session will be followed by a panel discussion
with the goal of identifying key elements for establishing robust
joint action performance in robotics and ideally taking steps towards
the general framework we are seeking.

** Speakers **

- Rachid Alami - CNRS senior researcher at Laboratoire d’Analyse et 
d’Architecture des Systèmes LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France

- Jeffrey Bradshaw – Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute 
for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC)

- Elisabeth Pacherie – CNRS senior researcher in Philosophy at Institut 
Jean Nicod (UMR 8129, ENS, EHESS, CNRS), affiliated with the Institue 
for the Study of Cognition at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

- Julie Shah – Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and 
Astronautics, lead the Interactive Robotics Group in CSAIL

- Cordula Vesper – Social Mind and Body group (SOMBY), Department of 
Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

******   Important Dates   *******

- Submission deadline: May 2, 2014

- Notification of acceptance: May 28, 2014

- Workshop: August 25, 2014

***** Workshop Website ******


**** Organizers ****

Elisabeth PACHERIE - Institut Jean Nicod CNRS
Cordula VESPER - Central European University

**** Topics ****

- joint goal establishment and negotiation
- planning when the goal is a joint goal
- joint goal / joint action description and modeling
- joint goal / joint action execution, monitoring, turn-taking and timing management
- agents world modeling and management (incl. theory of mind and shared knowledge)
- agents commitment
- what kind of communication during joint goal achievement and for what purpose

**** Submissions ****

The aim of this workshop is to allow researchers interested in joint
action, roboticists but also philosophers and psychologists, to have a
context for discussion about and progressive elaboration of a
framework for human-robot joint action.

To achieve this goal, we propose to the community to tackle a COMMON
EXAMPLE (as it is sometimes done in robotics planning competition)
with the goal to identify the capacities and skills needed for the
successful performance of the joint action and to see which of these
are present are present or missing in any of our architectures. This
should enable us to build upon each other's experience to further
develop ongoing work. We hope that this could be a first meeting in a
series of workshop in the next years.

The proposed example could be found on the workshop website:

Please feel free to play with this example since discussion is really
welcome. However, it would be very useful if you clearly indicate in
what way your work is helpful to deal with such an example, i.e. which
"brick" your work could contribute to the framework.

This call is open to anyone interested in joint action, roboticists
but also philosophers and psychologists are welcome to participate.

We are seeking several kinds of contribution, so you can: 

- propose a description of an existing system and explain how it can
be used in this context

- propose a description of an element, a brick that could be used in
(a part of) this context

- propose a position paper where you explain from your point of view,
what are the challenges and key elements that should be handle to
solve this problem

We invite submission of short papers (max 4 pages) but any other form
of submission is welcome in this first phase, too, since we are
interested in any contributions that could stimulate a fruitful

All papers will be reviewed by our program committee.

**** Questions ****

For questions, please contact fja2014 at sciencesconf.org


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