[robotics-worldwide] [journals] 2nd CfP: Special Issue on "Taking Care of Each Other: The Future of Social Companion Robots"

Tamara Lorenz t.lorenz at tum.de
Mon May 12 05:05:34 PDT 2014

2nd Call for papers
International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer
Special Issue on:

*Taking Care of Each Other: The Future of Social Companion Robots*


Guest Editors: Astrid Weiss & Tamara Lorenz
Contact: astrid.weiss at tuwien.ac.at <mailto:astrid.weiss at tuwien.ac.at>, 
t.lorenz at tum.de <mailto:t.lorenz at tum.de>
(you can download the CfP at: http://workshops.acin.tuwien.ac.at/ISCR2013/)

Important dates:

     Submission of Manuscripts (deadline):......01-Jul-14
     Notification of Acceptance:................15-Oct-14
     Submission of Final Paper:.................15-Dec-14
     Final Acceptance:..........................15-Feb-15


The aspect that users should establish some kind of long-term emotional/ 
social bonding towards social companion robots becomes more and more 
prominent in HRI research. Companion robots are considered as beneficial 
for their user if they express and recognize emotions, behave socially 
normative, and establish something like a care-taker/care-receiver 
interaction paradigm. Therefore, fundamental questions arise,

  * What makes a companion robot social?
  * How can we evaluate if the interaction with a social companion robot
    is "successful"?
  * Which ethical concerns need to be considered if companion robots are
    more and more developed and perceived as emotional/ social entity?

Although a lot of studies and concepts for companion robots in elderly 
care, education, and therapy exist, the research on social companion 
robots is lacking controlled empirical, reproducible (long-term) studies 
in the laboratory and in the field, which deepen our understanding of 
the underlying sociological and psychological mechanisms when 
interacting with this type of robot. Similarly, technological challenges 
for the development of a user-companion relationship with a robot by 
integrating convincing social interaction skills are hardly addressed in 
a platform-independent manner.

With this special issue we aim at collecting an overview on empirical as 
well as theoretical state-of-the-art research contributions on social 
companion robots. Therefore, the International Journal of Social 
Robotics (SORO) invites researchers from a wide range of disciplines, 
such as social and behavior-based robotics, cognitive sciences and 
psychology, sociology, and philosophy etc. to submit to the Special Issue.

Topics (solicited include, but not limited to):

  * Empirical, hypothesis-driven qualitative and quantitative work,
    which contributes to the understanding of social companion robots:
      o during interaction between humans and/or humans and robots/
        artificial agents.
      o using behavioral (explicit and/or implicit) and/or
        self-reporting measures.
      o conducted in the lab or field.
      o with a special emphasis on ecological validity and reproducibility.

  * Reviews on
      o existing methods and measures of social interaction evaluation.
      o synchrony and reciprocity of Human- and/or Human-Robot Interaction.
      o companion robots for elderly care, therapy and/or education.

  * Ethical considerations on social companion robots
      o with a special emphasis on companionship and emotional
        attachment aspects.

Authors who intend to submit a manuscript are encouraged to contact as 
soon as possible both guest editors:
Astrid Weiss astrid.weiss at tuwien.ac.at <mailto:astrid.weiss at tuwien.ac.at>
Tamara Lorenz t.lorenz at tum.de <mailto:t.lorenz at tum.de>
in order to ensure that the planned submission lies within the aims and 
scope of the special issue.

For more information and updates, please visit:

Submission On-Line:
SORO considers also accompanying multimedia material.

Description of the Journal, Aims and Scope, Authors' information:

Please submit the journal manuscripts by 01 July 2014.

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high scientific impact.

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