[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] RO-MAN 2016 Workshop on Long-Term Child-Robot Interaction: Call for Papers

Caitlyn Clabaugh clabaugh at usc.edu
Sat Apr 2 10:47:16 PDT 2016

CFP: RO-MAN 2016 Workshop on Long-Term Child-Robot Interaction


Date: August 31, 2016

Location: Columbia University, New York City.

Website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__web.media.mit.edu_-7Ehaewon_Roman-2DLTCRI_&d=CwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=SuF8b8plRng1E53O2AyDRxF3yNQDtZSC8yrDH9hA-qM&s=IwetLI253zn959LOvGnTadgaT6pG5T0Kpk3GX1c4UWk&e= 



Submission deadline: May 2, 2016

Acceptance notification: May 30, 2016

Camera-ready deadline: June 20, 2016

Workshop: August 31, 2016



This workshop aims to bring researchers from different disciplines together
to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of conducting
longitudinal and microgenetic research with children and robots. Because of
their potential to assist and entertain children, social robots are
increasingly being developed and studied as educational, therapeutic,
entertainment, and healthcare companions. As these domains require
long-term interactions to achieve desired goals, researchers in the field
are faced with the challenge of developing robust and autonomous robots
capable of interacting with children over weeks, months, or even years.
Such a challenge raises new research problems in the design principles of,
evaluation methods for, and algorithmic approaches to child-robot platforms
and interaction. These problems need to be addressed across the spectrum of
interaction applications and their respective users (e.g., children,
caregivers, therapists). Researchers must also address the security and
algorithmic challenges in working with sensitive child interaction data.

This full-day workshop will include a series of keynotes, a panel,
lightning talks, and poster sessions.  After the workshop, the
contributions will be compiled into a booklet along with invited speakers’
presentations and discussion summaries, which will be published
electronically at the workshop website.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:


   Design of autonomous systems for long-term child-robot interaction

   Design and methodologies for repeated child-robot encounters

   Theories and methods for evaluating long-term child-robot interaction

   Personalization and adaptation algorithms for long-term interaction

   Long-term data collection and analysis

   Designing for caregivers/therapists and others involved in child

   Challenges and guidelines for long-term child-robot interaction field

   Incorporating theories and methods of child behavioral science into the
   design of long-term child-robot interaction

   Impact of robot technology on children's cognitive and social development

   Evaluation of child-robot novelty and engagement

   Autonomy and transparency in long-term interaction

   Multi-party long-term child-robot interaction

   Long-term user engagement with robots

   Effects of embodiment on long-term interaction

   Affect, social bonding, and learning applied to child-robot interaction

   Robots as educational or instructional agents

   Socially assistive robots for children

   Industrial applications in long-term child-robot interaction

   Child-privacy and ethical issues in long-term robot applications



Tony Belpaeme, Plymouth University

Cynthia Breazeal, MIT Media Lab
Fumihide Tanaka, University of Tsukuba
Jill Lehman, Disney Research
Robin Morris, Georgia State University



Contributions should be prepared in standard IEEE format between 2-4 pages.
Papers may cover research that is in progress or that authors plan to
conduct. After the workshop, the contributions will be compiled into a
booklet along with invited speakers’ presentations and discussion
summaries, which will be published electronically at the workshop website.



Submissions should be made through Easy Chair:



Jacqueline M. Kory Westlund (MIT)

Hae Won Park (MIT)

Iolanda Leite (Disney Research)

Chien-Ming Huang (Yale)

James Kennedy (Plymouth University)

Caitlyn Clabaugh (USC)

Elaine Short (USC)

We look forward to your submissions and seeing you in New York City at
RO-MAN 2016!

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