[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Abstracts - Workshop on Behavior Coordination between Humans, Animals and Robots @ IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2014, Genoa, Italy]

Luisa Damiano luisa.damiano at unibg.it
Thu Aug 28 05:55:11 PDT 2014

Call for Abstracts
Deadline 15.09.2014
Workshop on Behavior Coordination between Humans, Animals and Robots

Behavior Coordination between Humans, Animals and Robots
@ IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2014, Genoa, Italy

Oct. 13, 2014


Contact: hagen.lehmann at iit.it
Organizers: Luisa Damiano (Univeristy of Bergamo, CERCO) and Hagen Lehmann
(Italian Institute of Technology, iCub Facility)

About the Workshop

This workshop intends to bring together specialists investigating one or
more aspects of behavior coordination in three different research domains:
human-human interaction, human-animal interaction, human-robot

The aim is to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue directed towards
cross-fertilization between these fields, and to stimulate front line
research engaged in (a) deepening the scientific understanding of the
natural mechanisms underlying behavioral coordination through their
robotic modeling; (b) facilitating and enhancing human-robot cooperation
on the basis of the implementation of these mechanisms in human-robot

The workshop aims at involving in this bi-directional transmission of
knowledge between the domain of the ‘natural’ and the domain of the
‘artificial’ all the disciplines included in the traditional and in the
synthetic study of behavior coordination: cognitive sciences,
developmental psychology, developmental anthropology, developmental
robotics, primatology, the sciences and the epistemology of
self-organization, the sciences and the epistemology of complex systems,
social robotics, HRI, etc.

The interdisciplinary discussion on behavior coordination that will take
place during the workshop will focus on dyadic behavior, conceived as the
basic systemic unit of coordinated behavior, and on some of the key
mechanisms for effective coordination currently under exploration, such as
joint attention, action observation, task-sharing, action coordination,
perception of agency, motor synchronization.

Some of the questions on which the forum will focus are:

What are the differences and similarities between human-human and
human-animal behavior coordination?
What are the underlying mechanisms for behavior coordination?
Which aspects of behavior coordination influence human social perception?
How can aspects of natural behavior coordination be productively used to
facilitate naturalistic Human-Robot Interaction?

The workshop is directed not only to researchers studying behavior
coordination, but also to specialists from other fields who want to learn
more about trans-species and technology behavior coordination. The idea is
to stimulate the development of a highly interdisciplinary research
community working on this topic. We think that the interaction of
specialists exploring different aspects of natural and/or artificial
behavior coordination could be the starting point for productive
collaborative research on communication between biological and artificial
systems, and for the development of a reflected and sustainable process of
introduction of artificial social partners into our social environments.

All proposals for presentations will be peer reviewed in order to ensure
that the work is original, of a high quality, and relevant to the purposes
of the workshop. In particular, we will be looking for papers focusing on:

Recent investigations on behavior coordination between human-human and
human-animal interaction and their implications for HRI;
Recent investigations on behavior coordination between animals and their
implications for social technology development;
Paradigms of behavior coordination and their implications for the
different fields involved;
Examples of applications of mechanisms of behavior coordination in HRI.


! How to submit an abstract !

If you would like to contribute to the workshop “ Behavior Coordination
between Humans, Animals and Robots”, please send an email to
artificial.empathy at developmentalrobotics.com (cc: hagen.lehmann at iit.it)

Title of the talk you intend to propose;
Abstract of the talk (min 800, max 1000 words, references included).

All the abstracts will be peer-reviewed.

NEW DEADLINE: Sept.,15,2014
Notification of acceptance: Sept.,17,2014

Luisa Damiano, PhD
Associate Researcher, CERCO
Professor (temporary appointment), Department of Human and Social Sciences
University of Bergamo
Piazzale S. Agostino 2
Room 10
24129 Bergamo

Tel.    +390352052935 (office)
        +393920176317 (mobile)



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