[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: What Actors can Teach Robots - CHI 2017 Workshop

Naomi Fitter nfitter at seas.upenn.edu
Mon Dec 19 11:37:11 PST 2016

Call for participation:

What Actors can Teach Robots - CHI 2017 Workshop

***** Organizing Committee *****
Naomi Fitter, University of Pennsylvania
Heather Knight, Stanford University
Nikolas Martelaro, Stanford University
David Sirkin, Stanford University

***** Important Dates *****
Submission deadline: January 25th, 2017
Notification date: February 3rd, 2017
Finalized submission deadline: February 10th, 2017
Workshop date: May 6th, 2017

This workshop will be a forum for discussing minimal social robots and
prototyping new ones, also building on methodology from acting training.
The program includes invited and accepted participant presentations,
improvisational and video-prototyping exercises, and a design challenge
that will take place during the workshop. Sociability, though challenging
to operationalize technologically, is an incredibly efficient channel for
communicating with people. While much previous work in social robotics has
explored complex platforms, the premise of this workshop is to take a
simple concept and push it as far as one can go.

The intent of this workshop is to share knowledge between researchers who
use minimalist design strategies in their own design work, and anyone in
related areas who is curious about how sociability can play a role in
technological interfaces. While the workshop activity will center on
robotic technology, we encourage submissions examining any computational
system that seeks to interpret or interface with people, as such research
could provide useful perspective in understanding the complex
communications of simple sensors/actions.

Prospective participants should prepare either (1) a 1-page extended
abstract and a brief video or (2) a 3-page extended abstract. The extended
abstract should present research related to minimal social robots, and will
be scored based on its relevance to the workshop theme, novelty,
insightfulness, and writing quality. The video, if included in the
submission, should consist of a 30-60 second interaction sequence between
one or more cardboard boxes. Storytelling should occur, for example, via
illustrative sequences of motion, however, speech, text and indications of
facial expression are banned from inclusion. Videos will be rated for
relevance to workshop theme and entertainment value, and may be informal
and playful.

Accepted authors will be expected to present a 5-minute Spotlight talk
during the morning of the workshop, participate in a poster session in the
afternoon, and prototype a minimal robot interaction during the course of
the workshop. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the
workshop and at least one day of the CHI 2017 conference.

The paper submission page and additional information can be found on the
workshop website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__hri.stanford.edu_minimal_&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=RNGoI3ybVMXNo2d4gui0p5qnCrlhhWqsJ3Rr4Wa5pig&s=0hYvUjY6oVeQtSiMjO9Tf_DyCq7kRA47lr4P7hguuBE&e= 

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