[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Deadline extension - Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Social Robots for Public Settings @ IROS2015

Paul Bremner (BRL) paul.bremner at brl.ac.uk
Thu Jul 23 06:19:20 PDT 2015

 Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Social Robots for Public Settings @
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Due to a number of requests we have extended the submission deadline to
Midnight (GMT) Sunday 2nd August 2015.

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 2nd August 2015 (Midnight GMT)
Notification of acceptance: 21st August 2015
Camera-ready deadline: 4th September 2015
Workshop: 28 September 2015 - full day

Social robotics has become increasingly important in HRI, yet robots are
often still designed and evaluated using traditional lab-based experimental
methods that derive from the AI roots of robotics as a field. Increasingly
however, robotics researchers are considering the value of
multi-disciplinary design and evaluation methods, including the
mixed-methods lab-based designs used traditionally within the social
sciences along with ‘in the wild’ testing through field deployments in
public settings. In this workshop, we will explore the challenges to both
robotic design and evaluation methods that these hybrid methodologies
create, and how these challenges might be harnessed to promote a more
‘human-centred’ approach to HRI.

This workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers
to identify and address key challenges to the future study of social
robotics in both lab and field, and will include guest speakers with
backgrounds in a range of methodological approaches to HRI.

We invite researchers to submit either a 4-6 page paper OR a 2 page
extended abstract that relates to the workshop theme. Video submissions
will also be considered. We seek submissions that use a wide range of
methodological approaches, from traditional quantitative, qualitative and
mixed methods, through to ethnomethodology and new/ emergent methods for
studying HRI. These approaches may be lab-based or “in the wild” (i.e.
studies that are conducted in public / semi-public spaces).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* What should a human-centred robotics study look like?
* Central design methods and approaches of robotics that support an
‘in-the-wild’ approach to HRI evaluation.
* The legal and ethical considerations of working with robotics in public
* How existing public perceptions of robotics can be incorporated /
accounted for in research design.
* The transfer of methodologies from the social sciences / HCI to HRI,
including the identification of potential methodological gaps.
* The use of new technologies (e.g. motion / eye trackers) to enable new
evaluation methods in this area.

Authors will be allotted a short time slot to present their work during the
workshop. Accepted papers will also be considered for inclusion in a
proposed special issue based on the workshop theme.

Submission System
Submissions are handled via EasyChair:

Further Information
Please direct queries to Chris Bevan:
(c.r.bevan at bath.ac.uk).

For more information please go to the workshop website at

Organisers (Alphabetical)
Dr. Chris Bevan (University of Bath, U.K.)
Dr. Paul Bremner (Bristol Robotics Laboratory, U.K.)
Prof. Danaë Stanton Fraser (University of Bath, U.K.)
Dr. Hatice Gunes (Queen Mary University London, U.K.)

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