[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: ICRA 2014 - Workshop on Affective Haptics for Human-Robot Interaction

Adriana Tapus adriana.tapus at ensta-paristech.fr
Tue Mar 18 05:28:04 PDT 2014

Call For Papers

Submission Deadline: April 11, 2014 

Workshop on "Affective Haptics for Human-Robot Interaction" - ICRA 2014 Hong Kong, China May 31, 2014


Full day workshop

Nonverbal communication (including prosody and gestures) is a major way of communicating emotions between people. Unfortunately, researches in embodied communication and human-robot interaction are not yet able to reproduce the full potential of human-human affective communication. The use of the sense of touch opens up new prospects for this issue. Beyond the perception of physical features of our environment, interpersonal touch provides an effective way of supporting emotional and social communication. It was shown in the psychology literature that “touch” plays an important role in social interactions. It can communicate positive and/or negative emotions. It gives access to various pieces of information through three complementary stimulation mechanisms, namely: tactile, thermal, and kinesthetic channels. Recent researches in psychology highlighted specific biological systems and perception mechanisms that are dedicated to the expression and perception of emotions through these channels. Moreover, recent progress in technologies allowed the design of flexible and efficient haptic devices for mediated or remote communication. Several robotic platforms feature the possibility of haptic communication with the user. 
Surprisingly, haptics have been little studied in the field of Human-Robot interaction (HRI). In fact, main researches investigated facial and gestural expressions in HRI while the physical contact could support additional information, which may influence our perception of emotions. In order to investigate this new field, it is necessary to address several issues going from the psychology of perception of emotions to the control robotic structures during joint HRI.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in robotics, haptics, affective interaction, social robotics and psychology. This will create a unique opportunity for scientific exchange between these disciplines. In particular, researchers in haptics and robotics will be given the opportunity to present recent works in the field of haptic perception and human-robot joint activity, while researchers in social robotics, affective interaction and psychology will be able to discuss the challenges they face with regard to the human factors. 
The workshop will be divided in two parts. In the morning, speakers will provide an overview of recent work on human-robot joint action, haptics, affective interaction, social robotics and psychology. In the afternoon, participants will be invited to present their own work and ideas regarding key issues in affective interaction, haptics and robotics.
This session will be followed by a panel discussion with the goal of identifying the future directions of research and to highlight the main challenges for an efficient integration of touch in future Human-Robot Interaction systems.

The workshop addresses the following topics:
- Haptics in Robotics
 -- Stimulation technologies: tactile, kinesthetic, thermal, etc.
 -- Robotic and control
 -- Physiological sensors for haptic affective interaction
- Psychology
 -- Multimodal perception studies
 -- Emotion elicitation
 -- Communication strategy (natural vs. acted affective communication)
 -- Creation and analysis of haptic corpora
 -- Experimental studies and evaluation
- Physiology
 -- Expression and perception mechanisms
 -- Relationship between physiological and cognitive mechanisms
- Applications
 -- Human-computer Interaction (HCI)
 -- Robot and humanoid interaction
 -- Virtual Human interaction
 -- Games, rehabilitation, assistance, eLearning

- Mehdi Ammi (LIMSI-CNRS, Univ. of Paris-Sud, France)
- Monica Bordegoni (Politecnico di Milano - Bovisa, Italy)
- Abderrahmane Kheddar (CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory, Japan)
- Vincent Hayward & Nizar Ouarti (ISIR-CNRS, Univ. of Pierre et Marie Curie, France) 
- Adriana Tapus (ENSTA-ParisTech, France)
- Prof. Dzmitry Tsetserukou, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
- Mounia Ziat (Northern Michigan University, USA)

Participants are invited to submit short papers (max 4 pages), describing new and ongoing work or proposing future research directions in the fields of robotics, haptics, affective interaction, social robotics, and psychology. The authors of the accepted papers will have the opportunity to give a talk or present a poster at the workshop. All papers will be reviewed by our program committee. Please submit your contributions directly via the workshop website.
Moreover, selected papers will be published in a “special issue” of Affective Haptics for Human-Robot Interaction in the Springer Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces (JMUI).

Mehdi Ammi, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France
Adriana Tapus, ENSTA-ParisTech, France

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