[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] [1st Call for papers] Ro-MAN 2017 Workshop on Social Interaction and Multimodal Expression For Socially Intelligent Robots (WS-SIME)

Christiana Tsiourti christiana.tsiourti at unige.ch
Tue May 9 05:40:45 PDT 2017

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*[1^st Call for papers] Ro-MAN 2017 Workshop on Social Interaction and 
Multimodal Expression For Socially Intelligent Robots (WS-SIME)**

August 28, 2017

Pestana Palace Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Workshop organized in conjunction with the RO-MAN 2017 
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The aim of this full-day workshop is to present rigorous scientific 
advances on social interaction and multimodal expression for socially 
intelligent robots, address current challenges in this area, and to set 
a research agenda to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between 
researchers on the domain.

Recent advances in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence 
contributed to the development of "socially interactive robots" that 
engage in social interactions with humans and exhibit certain human-like 
social characteristics, including the abilities to communicate with 
high-level dialogue, to perceive and express emotions using natural 
multimodal cues (e.g., facial expression, gaze, body posture) and to 
exhibit distinctive personalities and characters. Applications for 
socially interactive robots are plentiful: companions for children and 
elderly, household assistants, partners in industries, guides in public 
spaces, educational tutors at school and so on. Despite this progress, 
the social interaction and multimodal expression capabilities of robots 
are still far behind the intuitiveness and naturalness that is required 
to allow uninformed users to interact, establish and maintain social 
relationships with them in their everyday lives.

The area of social interaction and multimodal expression for socially 
intelligent robots remains very much an active research area with 
significant challenges in practice due to limitations both in technology 
and in our understanding of how different modalities must work together 
to convey human-like levels of social intelligence. Designing reliable 
and believable social behaviors for robots is an interdisciplinary 
challenge that cannot be solely approached from a pure engineering 
perspective. Human sciences, social sciences, and cognitive sciences 
play a primary role in the development and the enhancement of social 
interaction skills for socially intelligent robots.

This workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary audience 
interested in the study of multimodal human-human and human-robot 
interactions to address challenges in these areas, and elaborate on 
novel ways to advance research in the field, based on theories of human 
communication and empirical findings validated human-robot interaction 
studies. We welcome contributions on both theoretical aspects as well as 
practical applications. The analysis of human-human interactions is of 
particular importance to understand how humans send and receive social 
signals multimodally, through both parallel and sequential use of 
multiple modalities (e.g., eye gaze, touch, vocal, body, and facial 
expressions. Results achieved by researchers studying human-robot 
interactions offers researchers the opportunity to understand how 
uninformed interaction partners perceive the multimodal communication 
skills developed for social robots (e.g., children, elderly) and how 
they influence the interaction process (e.g., regarding usability and 

*Topics of interest **
*Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

1.Contributions of fundamental nature

a.Psychophysical studies and empirical research about multimodality

2.Technical contributions on multimodal interaction

a.Novel strategies of multimodal human-robot interactions

b.Dialogue management using multimodal output

c.Work focusing on novel modalities (e.g., touch)

3.Multimodal interaction evaluation

a.Evaluation and benchmarking of multimodal human-robot interactions

b.Empirical HRI studies with (partial) functional systems

c.Methodologies for the recording, annotation, and analysis of 
multimodal interactions

4.Applications for multimodal interaction with social robots

a.Novel application domains for multimodal interaction

5.Position papers and reviews of the state-of-the-art and ongoing research


WS-SIME is a full-day workshop, including two invited talks, two rounds 
of paper presentations and an interactive poster session, from an 
interdisciplinary set of selected participants. After the presentations, 
there will be we a brainstorming discussion, and the workshop will 
terminate with a final summary and outlook.

*We invite two types of submissions:


*1) FULL PAPERS (4 pages):*Accepted submissions will be presented in an 
oral presentation at the workshop (15 minutes + 5 minutes of Q&A).


*2) SHORT PAPERS (2 pages):*Accepted submissions will have a 1-minute 
“teaser” presentation and will be presented in an interactive poster 
session at the workshop.

All papers will go through a single-blind peer review and selected based 
on relevance, originality and theoretical and/or technical quality. 
Papers must be formatted according to the guidelines and templates on 
the main RO-MAN 
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conference website, anonymized, and submitted in PDF format through the 
EasyChair conference system 
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author will be required to register and attend the workshop. Accepted 
full paper contributions will be published in the online CEUR Workshop 
Proceedings <CEUR-WS.org>.

*Important Dates*
- Paper submission deadline: June9, 2017

- Author notification: June 22, 2017
- Camera-ready submission: July 5, 2017

- Main conference: August 28- September 1, 2017

- Workshop day: August 28, 2017


*Invited speakers**
*Ana Paiva – Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon

Jorge Dias - Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra

Christiana Tsiourti (Institute of Service Science, University of Geneva, 

Jorge Dias (Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, 

Astrid Weiss(ACIN Insititute of Automation and Control, Vienna 
University of Technology, Austria)

Sten Hanke (Center for Health & Bioresources, AIT Austrian Institute of 
Technology GmbH, Austria)

Julian Angel-Fernandez (ACIN Insititute of Automation and Control, 
Vienna University of Technology, Austria)


Christiana Tsiourti: christiana.tsiourti at unige.ch 
<mailto:christiana.tsiourti at unige.ch>

Sten Hanke: sten.hanke at ait.ac.at <mailto:sten.hanke at ait.ac.at>

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