[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ICMI 2014 Workshop on Multimodal, Multi-Party, Real-World Human-Robot

Manuel Giuliani giuliani at in.tum.de
Wed May 7 11:31:18 PDT 2014

Call for Papers:

ICMI 2014 Workshop on Multimodal, Multi-Party, Real-World Human-Robot 
Istanbul, Turkey, 16 November 2014

The development of robots capable of interacting with humans has made 
tremendous progress in the last decade, leading to an expectation that 
in the near future, robots will be increasingly deployed in public 
spaces, for example as receptionists, shop assistants, waiters, or 
bartenders. In these scenarios, robots must necessarily deal with 
situations that require human-robot interactions that are short and 
dynamic, and where the robot has to be able to deal with multiple 
persons at once.  To support this form of interaction, robots typically 
  require specific skills, including robust video and audio  processing, 
fast reasoning and decision making mechanisms, and natural  and safe 
output path planning algorithms. This physically embodied,  dynamic, 
real-world context is the most challenging possible domain for 
multimodal interaction: for example, the state of the physical 
environment may change at any time; the input sensors must deal with 
noisy and uncertain input; while the robot platform must combine 
interactive social behaviour with physical task-based action such as 
moving and grasping.  This workshop aims to bring together researchers 
from a range of relevant disciplines in order to explore the challenges 
and solutions for multimodal interaction in this area from different 
perspectives. The workshop will feature two invited speakers, along with 
oral presentations of long papers and a Pecha Kucha-style session with 
short overviews of ongoing research in this area.

Invited speakers
- Daniel Gatica-Perez (confirmed), Idiap Research Institute, Martigny,
   Switzerland, http://www.idiap.ch/~gatica/
- Another speaker to be announced shortly

Contributions to the workshop are sought in all areas relevant to the
overall goal of the workshop, including -- but not limited to -- the
following topics:

- intention recognition
- knowledge representation and reasoning
- activity recognition
- multimodal fusion
- person tracking
- multimodal interaction management
- speech recognition in noisy environments
- robust spoken language processing
- cognitive robotics
- natural language generation
- audiovisual signal processing
- design of service robots / interaction systems in public spaces
- planning and decision making under uncertainty
- evaluation of robots in real-world contexts

These topics cover a wide range of research communities including
multimodal interaction, dialogue systems, human-robot interaction,
robotics, automated planning, computer vision, and signal processing. 
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the workshop topic, relevant
contributions from other fields will also be welcome.

Submission formats
We welcome two categories of paper submissions:
- Long papers: (max 6 pages) These papers should report work in progress 
or completed work. Authors of long papers that are accepted by the 
Programme Committee will be invited to give a talk on the paper.
- Late breaking reports: (2 pages) These papers should describe work in
   progress, preliminary results, or highlights of recently completed 
work. Authors of accepted late-breaking reports will be invited to 
present a Pecha Kucha talk and/or a poster.

Formatting instructions and detailed submission instructions are 
available through the workshop web site at


Important dates
15 July 2014       Long paper submission deadline
15 August 2014     Long paper notification
5 September 2014   Camera-ready deadline
16 November 2014   Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey as part of ICMI 2014

Mary Ellen Foster, Heriot-Watt University
M.E.Foster at hw.ac.uk

Manuel Giuliani, fortiss GmbH
giuliani at fortiss.org

Ron Petrick, University of Edinburgh
rpetrick at inf.ed.ac.uk

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