[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP for the Workshop "The body of embodiment" at HAI 2017

Alessandra Sciutti alessandra.sciutti at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 09:38:41 PDT 2017

Call for Papers (apologies for multiple postings)

"The body of embodiment"
Understanding Embodiment in human-agent interaction  – an interdisciplinary


October 17th, 2017  - CITEC Research Building, Bielefeld, Germany 


In conjunction with the Fifth International Conference on Human-Agent
Interaction (HAI 2017) 

Scope and motivation

Robots and virtual agents are progressively becoming more ubiquitous in our
society. Although both types of agents may have an embodiment either
physical or simulated, a crucial difference exists, in terms of the
possibility to share the same space of the users. There is currently an
active discussion on the potential impact of physical presence on
interaction and agent perception, both for the investigation of social
cognition and in applications of agents in the social domain.
For instance, is a physical agent better than a virtual agent in the context
of teaching children or acting as receptionist?
The workshop “The body of embodiment” will focus on the role of an agent’s
embodiment and physical presence and their effects on social human-agent
interactions. The following core research questions will be explored with a
multidisciplinary audience:

(+)    Which is the role of *embodiment* as a constituent of social agents?
(+)    Which is the role of *physical presence* as a constituent of social
(+)    Which impact embodiment and physical presence have in the *social
perception* of robots and virtual agents?

These three key questions are at the core of ongoing discussions in the
field of HRI, HCI and HAI and this workshop aims to shed light on the
development of a common ground and mutual understanding among experts in the
field of embodiment research, coming from robotics, neuroscience,
psychology, computer science and AI. We believe that this event will
strengthen the communication among the different research areas in the field
of interaction between humans and novel technologies. Moreover, this
workshop seeks to introduce junior researchers who have just entered the
field to this highly relevant and complex concept.

Keynote speakers
* Prof. Stefan Kopp - Bielefeld University
* Prof. Massimiliano Cappuccio - United Arab Emirates University
* Prof. Tom Ziemke - University of Skövde 

Prospective participants are invited to submit short (2 pages) or full
papers (up to 6 pages). Submissions must be in pdf, following the HAI
conference style. All contributions will be subject to a peer-review
process. Position papers should discuss how embodiment and physical presence
might have an impact on human-agent interaction.

Accepted publications will be published on our workshop web page. Depending
on the overall quality of the contributions, we might consider proposing a
Special Issue to journal in the near future. Authors will have the option of
opting out from including their papers in the website. Information on the
opt-out option will be provided along with the acceptance notice for the

All papers for the Workshop must be submitted in PDF format by email to the
address: katrin.lohan at gmail.com   
Submission is not anonymous.

More details and templates can be found at:

Additionally, all participants are requested to address at least one (or
more) of the following open research questions:

(+)   Is physical embodiment useful and supportive for human-robot
(+)  Which is the role of embodiment for agency perception?
(+)   Is there a need for a physical presence to elicit a sense of agency?
(+)   How do embodiment and physical presence impact on the perception of
the capabilities of an agent?
(+)   Which is the role of physical presence and embodiment in the context
of trust and reliability of a system?
(+)   How does embodiment relate to the concept of embodied cognition for
robots in social interactions with humans?

If time allows, those questions/answers will be used to "drive" a final

Important dates
* 1st September 2017 - Deadline for paper submissions
* 25th September 2017 - Notification 
* 17th October 2017 - Workshop

Workshop organisers

* Alessandra Sciutti,  RBCS - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova -
alessandra.sciutti at iit.it   
* Friederike Eyssel, Bielefeld University - feyssel at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de

* Katrin Solveig Lohan, Heriot-Watt University - k.lohan at hw.ac.uk  
This workshop is supported by the European CODEFROR project
(PIRSES-2013-612555) and by SICSA (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.sicsa.ac.uk_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=gF4dx6-TUylWu8wtfXuvZw5n4yDmyJUOvAgiifLtAa0&s=bg6ru5KXvUeZOAniMqTQJX6gD7lvcxRlCF75zrRDM9M&e= ).


Alessandra Sciutti (PhD)
Researcher, Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Unit 
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Center for Human Technologies 
Via Enrico Melen 83, Building B
16152 Genova, Italy
tel: +39 010  8172 210
email: alessandra.sciutti at iit.it 
website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.iit.it_people_alessandra-2Dsciutti&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=gF4dx6-TUylWu8wtfXuvZw5n4yDmyJUOvAgiifLtAa0&s=7c7C8W-POFq3gshcgMj4qdQceLj2bzZZwH-_bE4qej4&e= 

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