[robotics-worldwide] CFP: Frontiers Research Topic on "Affective and Social Signals for HRI" [journals]

Bilge Mutlu bilge at cs.wisc.edu
Mon Aug 22 07:02:35 PDT 2016

*Call for Papers for Frontiers Research Topic on "Affective and Social
Signals for HRI"*
*Deadlines:* Sep 30, 2016, abstracts; Nov 30, 2016 manuscripts
*URL:* https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__bit.ly_2bA31Vz&d=DQIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=a7ulQ17lBTcXlN0kZdd1d5eSBKHIlhn_jVK1WNVfaSg&s=nnMXu3kCaami9VgquuNY6bO-0oRIVrp5AEeRjhd7sWg&e= 

*About this Research Topic*
Designing robots with socio-emotional skills is a challenging research
topic still in its infancy. These skills are important for robots to be
able to provide not only physical, but also social support to human users,
and to engage in and sustain long-term interactions with them in a variety
of application domains that require human-robot interaction, including
healthcare, education, entertainment, manufacturing, and many others. The
availability of commercial robotic platforms and developments in
collaborative academic research provide us a positive outlook, however, the
capabilities of current social robots are quite limited. The main challenge
is understanding the underlying mechanisms of the humans in responding to
and interacting with real life situations, and how to model these
mechanisms for the embodiment of naturalistic, human-inspired behaviours
via robots. To address this challenge successfully requires an
understanding of the essential components of social interaction including
nonverbal behavioural cues such as interpersonal distance, body position,
body posture, arm and hand gestures, head and facial gestures, gaze,
silences, vocal outbursts and their dynamics. To create truly intelligent
social robots, these nonverbal cues need to be interpreted to form an
understanding of the higher level phenomena including first-impression
formation, social roles, interpersonal relationships, focus of attention,
synchrony, affective states, emotions, and personality, and in turn
defining optimal protocols and behaviours to express these phenomena
through robotic platforms in an appropriate and timely manner. Achieving
this requires the fields of psychology, nonverbal behaviour, vision, social
signal processing, affective computing, and HRI to constantly interact with
one another. Indeed, the aim of this research topic is to foster such
interactions and collaborations by bringing together the latest works and
developments from across a range of research groups and disciplines working
in these fields.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

   - Psychology & cognition of affect and social signals in designing
   socially intelligent robots (including ethical issues, cultural/gender
   - Recognition, synthesis and adaptation of affect and social signals
   (proxemics, gaze, head movements, facial expressions, hand gestures, body
   postures and gestures, speech, auditory affect bursts, behaviours captured
   through first-person vision, motion capture, physiology, brain waves,
   sentiment, etc.)
   - Biologically-inspired architectures for affective and social robotics
   - Developmental and evolutionary models for affective and social robotics
   - Personality in robotics
   - Embodiment and expressive robotics
   - Personalisation
   - Human-robot interaction design
   - Memory, reasoning, and learning in affective and social robots
   - Distributed/collaborative social robots
   - Inclusive robotic platforms and models for user diversity (ability,
   language, culture, gender, age)
   - Tools and databases for creating affective and social hri
   - New evaluation measures of affective and social hri

Submission Deadlines

   - 30 September 2016, Abstract
   - 30 November 2016, Manuscript

*Topic Editors*

   - Hatice Gunes, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
   - Ginevra Castellano, Uppsala University, Sweden
   - Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA

*Participating Journals*
Manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following

   - Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Humanoid Robotics
   - Frontiers in ICT, Human-Media Interaction
   - Frontiers in Psychology, Human-Media Interaction
   - Frontiers in Digital Humanities, Human-Media Interaction

*More Information and Submission System*

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