[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP ROMAN 2019 Workshop on Merging Artistic and Research Practices Toward More Expressive Robotic Systems

Amy LaViers alaviers at gmail.com
Mon Jul 8 13:41:35 PDT 2019

Dear colleagues,

I'm writing to advertise a workshop to be held New Dehli, India this coming
October at the 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human
Interactive Communication (RO-MAN).  We are soliciting performances (or
excerpts of), rather than papers, that can be presented at the workshop.
More info is below and the full announcement can be found at the workshop
website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__radlab.mechse.illinois.edu_roman-2D2019-2Dworkshop_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=osKAfpCvLeEnR3T-0Uc-H5S1YNcFFKZU20iHoEk1z4c&s=zzZdEO7tMtKGQ3mx2wmU4877Vi929Xxp97yhgYuBGBc&e= .


Amy LaViers
Assistant Professor
Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
radlab.mechse.illinois.edu / www.amylaviers.com

Merging Artistic and Research Practices Toward More Expressive Robotic
Systems // Amy LaViers and Catie Cuan // New Delhi, India, 14-18 October
2019 // Full-day Workshop

Abstract // As we work to bring robots out of the factory and into humans’
everyday life, it is important to begin designing the contextual embedding
and subsequent expression of these systems with greater care. Researchers
and artists hold two critical components to helping design machines that
make sense to lived human experience, which is situated in context and
culture. However, for these communities to effectively collaborate, some
transfer of concepts and approach must occur. In this full day workshop,
participants will explore movement from an embodied perspective, see
selected performances that leverage robotic systems in their expression,
and work collaboratively through a series of facilitated exercises to
develop new research collaborations embedded in artistic practice.
Participants will learn about frameworks, pragmatics, and challenges in
this space from a team of roboticist-dancers who collaborated as the
director of a robotics lab and that lab’s artist in residence in
2017-2018.  The goal of this session will be to attune participants to the
philosophy of movement artists and provide key takeaways that may be of use
in robotics research. Selected performers will present their work to kick
off the day and inspire fruitful interaction. In the second half of the
day, participants will be paired up and given roles that correspond to
“artistic lead” and “research lead”. These teams will work to develop a new
concept for leveraging robots to present artistic ideas and using artistic
practice inside robotics research. The workshop will conclude with breakout
sessions for targeted discussions about the benefits and challenges of
working in this way and for brainstorming sessions that will hopefully
further nurture new collaborations.

Call for Performances // Investigators working in the performance modality
are invited to submit performances (instead of papers) to be presented
during the workshop. These performances can include moving bodies of any
kind, e.g., humans, robots, animations, and films, but should feature
simultaneous artistic expression and research inquiry. Presentation of work
during this workshop will inspire discussion and disseminate best practices
for working at this intersection. Presentations may be video recordings of
situated work, especially if transport is infeasible or the work is
site-specific; however, some preference will be given to live elements
(even just excerpts). Submissions should describe synergistic goals, name
each contributing team member, and include images that communicate the
aesthetic tone of the work. A description of running time and technical
elements should also be included. Please note that performances will be
limited to 15 minutes with limited technical elements, e.g., lights, space,
rigging, during this workshop format; submissions should describe how the
work will be modified to fit this informal format. Submissions will be
reviewed by a panel of recruited experts.

Please email submissions as a single PDF to alaviers at illinois.edu by July
31, 2019 (AoE).  We will respond by August 5, 2019 with acceptances.

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