[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] AAAI Fall Symposium: AI for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI)

Andrea Thomaz athomaz at cc.gatech.edu
Sat May 24 20:30:43 PDT 2014

AAAI Fall Symposium:
AI for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI)
Nov 13-15, 2014 -- Arlington, VA


2 page abstracts due June 13
Email as a pdf to <ai-hri-symposium-submissions at googlegroups.com>

This symposium will bring together and strengthen the community of researchers working on the AI challenges inherent to Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Humans and human environments bring with them inherent uncertainty in dynamics, structure, and interaction. HRI aims to develop robots that are intelligent, autonomous, and capable of interacting with, modeling, and learning from humans. These goals are at the core of AI.

The field of HRI is a broad community encompassing robotics, AI, HCI, psychology and social science.  In this meeting we aim to specifically bring together the subset of this community that are focused on the AI problems of HRI.  Currently this type of HRI work is seen across such a variety of venues (HRI, RSS, ICRA, IROS, Ro-Man, RoboCup, and more), that we lack a cohesive core community.  Building this community is the central purpose of this symposium.

Planned activities:
- Keynote talks “How is HRI an AI problem?”: We will have keynotes giving eight different perspectives about how AI research is going to bring us closer to the reality of humans interacting with robots on everyday tasks. 
- Breakout groups + panel discussions: these discussions will be focused on (1) defining a road map of grand challenges for this research area, and (2) what is the core venue for this community.
- Poster session: This session will highlight state-of-the-art work and approaches to AI-HRI.
- Team building: Given the diverse set of venues that this type of research is presented, it is very rare that members of the AI-HRI community get together in the same room. As such, a large part of this effort is to bring together a community of researchers, strengthen old connections and build new ones. Ample time will be provided for networking and informal discussions.

Confirmed speakers: 
- Rodney Brooks
- Cynthia Breazeal
- Henrik Christensen
- Ben Kuipers 
- Maja Mataric
- Manuela Veloso

Important dates:
- To have your work featured in the poster session, submit a two-page abstract by June 13, 2014.  Email your submission as a pdf to <ai-hri-symposium-submissions at googlegroups.com>
- Decisions will be returned by July 11, 2014
- The symposium will be held Nov 13-15, 2014 in Arlington, VA.

Organizing committee:
- Andrea L. Thomaz, Georgia Institute of Technology  (chair) 
- Kris Hauser, Indiana University
- Chad Jenkins, Brown University
- Maja J. Mataric, University of Southern California
- Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University

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