[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Behavior Coordination in Humans, Animals and Robots, special issu eon IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development

Lorenzo Natale Lorenzo.Natale at iit.it
Tue May 19 03:24:37 PDT 2015

Call For Papers: IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development
Special Issue on Behavior Coordination in Humans, Animals and Robots


The aim of this special issue is to collect front line research investigating aspects of behavior coordination in three different research domains: human-human interaction, human-animal interaction, human-robot interaction. A focus on developmental aspects of behavior coordination, broadly conceived, and highly interdisciplinary research works are especially encouraged. We would like to collect work drawing on knowledge from psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, gerontology, nursing, education, neurology, engineering arts, and related domains.

Context and research questions
In the last decade robotic applications have made their way into everyday life. Humans until now are used to interact with other humans, objects and pets in their homes. The intent of integrating robotic platforms into domestic environments, and, to  create mixed human-robot ecologies forces us to focus and build on the ways we interact with other humans, our pets and technology. 

- What are the differences and similarities between human-human and human-animal behavior coordination?
- What are the underlying mechanisms for behavior coordination?
- Which aspects of behavior coordination influence human social perception?
- How can aspects of natural behavior coordination be productively used to facilitate naturalistic Human-Robot Interaction?

This special issue wants to initiate a bi-directional transmission of knowledge between the sciences of the "natural" and the domain of the "artificial" involved in the traditional and in the synthetic study of behavior coordination. cognitive sciences, developmental psychology, developmental anthropology, sociology, developmental robotics, primatology, the sciences and the epistemology of self-organization, the sciences and the epistemology of complex systems, social robotics,  Human-Robot Interaction. We also encourage research work drawing on studies related to gerontology, nursing, education, and related domains. We are specifically interested in interdisciplinary work that focuses on dyadic behavior as the basic systemic unit of coordinated behavior, and on different key mechanisms for effective coordination that are currently under exploration, such as joint attention, action observation, task-sharing, action coordination, perception of agency, motor synchronization. The special issue would like to gather research works directed to:

(a) deepen the scientific understanding of the natural mechanisms underlying behavioral coordination through their robotic modeling; 
(b) facilitate and enhance human-robot cooperation on the basis of the implementation of these mechanisms in human-robot interaction.

To this end, we are looking in particular for papers focusing on:
- Original investigations on behavior coordination between human-human and human-animal interaction and their implications for HRI;
- Original investigations on behavior coordination between animals and their implications for social technology development; 
- New paradigms of behaviour coordination and their implications for the different fields involved; 
- Original applications of mechanisms of behavior coordination in HRI;
- Simulations and models of human behaviour and behavior coordination;
- Original investigations on representations for behavior coordination in humans/animals/ robots (e.g. related work on Theory of Mind);  
- Theoretical and review papers on behaviour coordination in humans/animals/robots

== How to apply ==
Deadline for submission: 15th of September 
Notification of acceptance: 15th of November

== Guest Editors ==

Hagen Lehmann - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy (Lead GE)
Luisa Damiano - University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
Lorenzo Natale - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Lorenzo Natale, PhD
lorenzo.natale at iit.it
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