[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP for RO-MAN 2014 Special Session on Multimodality in Multiparty Interaction with Social Robots

Selma Sabanovic selmas at indiana.edu
Mon Feb 3 13:52:47 PST 2014

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 Call for Papers

                         Special Session of RO-MAN2014
     Multimodality in Multiparty Interaction with Social Robots:
                Exploring HRI in the Real World (MiMI2014)

                              IEEE, RO-MAN 2014
              The 23rd IEEE International Symposium on
           Robot and Human Interactive Communication
                              Edinburgh, Scotland
                               25-29th, August, 2014

Important Date:
* Paper Submission Deadline: 16 February 2014

Motivation and goals of the session
If we want robot (and other technical) systems to engage in everyday
situations with humans
and allow users to interact with them in natural ways, we have to both
understand and model
the multimodal complexity of communication and social interaction. While an
important body
of research in human-robot-interaction (HRI) has explored such capabilities
in laboratory settings
which offer the benefit of controlled experimental conditions, the
investigation of real-world
scenarios reveals in particular the situated nature of multimodal
interaction: Interactional practices
are rooted in meaningful structures of the material world (Streeck et al.
2011, Goodwin 2000)
and the use of different communicational resources – talk, gesture, gaze,
posture – is intertwined
and adjusted to these material structures.  Communicational situations are
not limited to a
dialogue between two parties, but often involve multi-party situations with
changing numbers
 of participants (Pitsch et al. 2013). To develop robot systems that can
autonomously and
 successfully engage in such complex situations, a thorough understanding
 human-robot-interaction in real-world scenarios is necessary.

While the investigation of human-robot-interaction in the real-world is
only emerging recently,
a longstanding tradition of exploring ‘natural settings’ exists in fields
such as Communication
Studies, Workplace Studies or Computer-Supported Cooperative Work which
make use of
methods from e.g. ethnographic fieldwork or sequential analysis based on
Conversation Analysis.
In this Special Session, we aim at bringing together researchers from these
fields with scholars
in informatics and robotics to explore the synergy between both analysis of
and modeling for
multimodal human-robot-interaction in the real world.

Call for Papers
We welcome contributions related to the following topics, but are not
limited to:
- Multimodal sequential structures in HRI
- Communication and interaction strategies for social robots (e.g. small
talk, indirect cues)
- Computer-mediated interactions in daily life (e.g., video conference)
- Media-mediated interaction (e.g., remote human-robot interaction
supported by computer technologies)
- Data mining in real space (e.g., meeting mining)
- Multimodal behavioral analysis and modeling
- In situ studies of behavioral modalities in HRI

We explicitly encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue between both Social
Human-Computer-Interaction and Workplace studies, Conversation Analysis and
Ethnographic studies.

Templates and Submission Procedure
Authors should use the templates provided by the electronic submission
system. The templates
for US Letter format paper should be used.

See the following URL for the detail,

You can access the templates from the following URL,

When you submit your papers, you will need to enter the code of this
Invited session identification code: jjbtv

Paper Length and Size
Submissions should not exceed 6 pages. Any extra pages must be paid for
separately .
The maximum file size is 2 MB.

List of organisers (including short bio)
Mayumi Bono  (National Institute of Informatics)received her Ph.D. in
Linguistics and Communication Studies from Kobe University in 2005. Her
academic paths are diverse. After the completion of her Ph.D., she became a
researcher at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
(ATR) and Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Graduate
School of Informatics, Kyoto University. While she was a Research Fellow
(PD) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), she visited
University of California, Los Angels and Department of Anthropology,
University of Texas, Austin as a visiting scholar. Since 2009, she has been
an assistant professor at National Institute of Informatics (NII).  Her
research projects about face-to-face interactions and signed conversations
are based on ethnography and Conversation Analysis (CA).

Karola Pitsch (Bielefeld University and CITEC)received her PhD in
Linguistics from Bielefeld University, Germany (2006). She has held
positions as postdoctoral researcher in EU-projects at King’s College
London, UK (2005-2008) and the Research Institute for Cognition and
Robotics at Bielefeld University (2008-2011). In 2011, Karola became a
Dilthey Fellow funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and Principal
Investigator of projects within the CRC 673 ’Alignment in Communication’
and the Centre of
Excellence ‘Cognitive Interaction Technology’ (CITEC). She has undertaken
research stays in
France, USA, Japan and Argentina. Karola’s research focuses on
Interactional Linguistics and
Multimodal Communication in everyday, professional and technologically
mediated settings.
She uses also insights from Conversation Analytic research – combined with
approaches – to inform the design and modeling of
and explores how users perceive and co-construct a robot’/agent’s
interactional skills.

Selma Šabanović (Indiana University Bloomington)is an Assistant Professor
of Informatics at IUB, a post she has occupied since August 2009. She
completed her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in 2007, after which she worked as a lecturer
at Stanford University's Program in Science, Technology and Society from
In 2005, Selma was a visiting scholar at the Intelligent Systems Institute
in AIST, Tsukuba,
Japan and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work
combines the social
studies of computing, focusing particularly on the situated design, use,
and consequences of
socially interactive and assistive robots in different social and cultural
contexts, with research
on human-robot interaction (HRI) and social robot design. She employs
frameworks and methods, including ethnography and in situ evaluation of
robots, in her research.

Bono Lab. - National Institute of Informatics,
Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division
〒101-8430 2-1-2, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan.
tel/fax: 03-4212-2534
e-mail: bono [at mark] nii.ac.jp

Selma Šabanović, PhD
Assistant Professor of Informatics
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
901 E. 10th Street Rm. 265, Bloomington, IN 47408
office: (812) 856-0386; fax: (812) 856-1995
web: http://informatics.indiana.edu/selmas

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