[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP - Workshop on Human-Robot Spatial Interaction at HRI 2015

Christian Dondrup cdondrup at lincoln.ac.uk
Thu Dec 18 07:25:56 PST 2014

HRI 2015 Workshop on Human-Robot Spatial Interaction
Monday 2nd March, 2015 (Portland, Oregon)

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 18/01/2015 – 23:59PST
Notification of acceptance: 09/02/2015
Camera ready deadline: 22/02/2015 – 23:59PST
Workshop: 02/03/2015 – full day

Robots per definition have a physical embodiment and most of the currently used commercial and research robots are able to navigate quite safely and reliably through their environment. With these mobile robots moving into day to day life in private homes, elder care, or in public spaces and outdoors as robotic guides, Human-Robot Spatial Interaction (HRSI) -- the study of joint movement of humans and robots and the social signals governing the interaction -- becomes more and more important.
The major challenges tackled in this workshop are to incorporate social norms and signals into current navigation approaches be it constraint-based or learned from observation/demonstration or interactively, how to evaluate the quality of the HRSI using novel feedback measures and devices, and grounding HRSI in empiric experiments focusing on Human-Human Spatial Interaction.
Especially with robots moving into elder care and education HRSI has to be adapted to the needs and preferences of elderly people and children with motoric or cognitive problems. Participants are therefore encourage to deviate from the usual target group of healthy and mobile interaction partners and focus on the specific needs in elder care and eduction of children with disabilities.
The workshop aims at bringing together participants from different fields, looking at all aspects of HRSI to present their work and identify the main problems and questions on the way to a holistic approach.

General Remarks:
The focus of this workshop lies in evaluating HRSI and HHSI which entails that submissions describing experiments in the field of HRSI using *autonomous* systems are preferred over Wizard-of-Oz studies to allow for better comparison of the two fields by eliminating the human experimenter in human-robot interaction.

Full Papers:
Authors are invited to submit  4-6 ACM SIG style page papers including graphics and references. Papers can be accompanied by supporting material, e.g. short videos, to aid the review process.

Video and Demo submissions:
Authors are invited to submit videos or live demonstration proposals of working systems or experiments. These submissions should consist of an extended abstract of not more than 2 pages ACM SIG (alternate) style. Submitted videos should in total not be longer than 15 minutes and should be in mp4 format. Demonstration proposals need to be accompanied by an outline of the demonstration – not longer than one page – in addition to the extended abstract and should in total not exceed 15 minutes when presented at the workshop.

Possible topics for publications include, but are not limited to:
 * Human-Aware Navigation (with a focus on elderly and/or mobility impaired persons, and children with motoric or cognitive problems)
 * Human-Robot Joint Motion
 * Human-Human Spatial Interaction (HHSI)
 * The communicative character of spatial movement, social signals in HRSI and HHSI
 * Interactive Learning/Adaptation of HRSI - "Human-in-the-loop"
 * Visual cues to facilitate legibility of movement in HRSI and HHSI
 * Feedback Measures and Devices for HRSI and HHSI
 * Ethical issues arising from mobile robots in elder care and education

Submission System:
Submissions are handled via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hrsiworkshop2015

Organisers and Contact
Christian Dondrup (University of Lincoln, UK), Marc Hanheide (University of Lincoln, UK), Ute Leonards (University of Bristol, UK), Tamara Lorenz (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, DE), David Lu!! (Washington University, USA)

Contact: Christian Dondrup cdondrup at lincoln.ac.uk<mailto:cdondrup at lincoln.ac.uk>

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