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Workshops and Special Sessions


Workshops

Workshop 1: Robots in public spaces: towards multi-party, short-term, dynamic human-robot interaction (27/10/2013)

Workshop 2: Embodied Communication of Goals and Intentions (27/10/2013)

Workshop 3: Taking Care of Each Other: Synchronisation and Reciprocity for Social Companion Robots (27/10/2013)


Special Session

Expression of Interest

Potential Special Session organizers are asked to contact the program chair, Dr Martin Pearson (secretary.icsr2013@brl.ac.uk), provide a short description of the overarching topic of the proposed session, and a list of 4-6 papers that will be submitted.

If the theme is appropriate, the special session will be created and listed on the paper submission site to allow papers to be affiliated to the session during the normal submission procedure.

Papers affiliated to a special session will receive the same impartial review process applied to all non-affiliated papers. Please note; if the number of papers affiliated to the special session following the close of the paper submission period is insufficient, then the session may be dissolved and the papers assimilated into the main track of the conference.

Enquiry: secretary.icsr2013@brl.ac.uk


Workshop Details:

Workshop 1:

Robots in public spaces:
towards multi-party, short-term, dynamic human-robot interaction

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Download the workshop programme here.

Workshop Abstract:

The development of robots capable of interacting with humans has made tremendous progress in the last decade, leading to an expectation that in the near future, robots will be increasingly deployed in public spaces, for example as receptionists, shop assistants, waiters, or bartenders. In these scenarios, robots must necessarily deal with situations that require socially appropriate human-robot interactions of a specific nature: interactions that are short and dynamic, and where the robot has to be able to deal with multiple persons at once. In order to do so, robots typically require specific skills, including robust video and audio processing, fast reasoning and decision making mechanisms, and natural and safe output path planning algorithms. As a result, research on public space robots is often fundamentally different from other work in social robotics and HRI that focuses on long-term, robot companions who interact with humans in one-on-one interactions. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines, in order to explore this research area from different perspectives.

Invited Speakers

  • Dan Bohus (Microsoft Research)
  • Jon Barker (University of Sheffield)

Important Dates

  • 16 September 2013, Full / short paper submission
  • 23 September 2013, Notification of acceptance
  • 27 October 2013, Workshop at ICSR 2013

Organizing Committee

  • Manuel Giuliani (fortiss, Munich)
  • Ron Petrick (University of Edinburgh)


This workshop will take place on the 27th of October. Please register your interest with the workshop organisers via email to WorkshopPublicRobotsICSR2013@gmail.com.


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Workshop 2:

Embodied Communication of Goals and Intentions

Download the full workshop description here.
Download the full workshop programme here.

Workshop Abstract:

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from different fields working on robots that communicate with humans. The focus is on human-robot interaction and on embodied communication of goals and intentions. It is assumed that there is a strong influence of action performance, gazing behaviour, spatial arrangement and spatial flow of action to infer goals and intentions from humans. Learning and understanding in a social context should not be considered as an one-sided process. Thus, it is interesting to study situations from the perspective of both the learner's and the teacher's perspective. In this workshop, the intention is to investigate the challenges posed by such complex interaction systems from different research perspectives. Therefore, we will host talks given by researchers with different backgrounds. The aim is to report on the state-of-the-art and promote the exchange of ideas on how to enable a robot to interact with a human in a more natural way so that it can directly learn from human instruction.

Invited Speakers

  • Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire)
  • Marc Hanheide (Lincoln University)
  • Frank Broz (University of Plymouth)

Important Dates

  • 7 September 2013, Full / short paper submission
  • 24 September 2013, Notification of acceptance
  • 27 October 2013, Workshop at ICSR 2013

Organizing Committee

  • Katrin Solveig Lohan, IIT
  • Konstantinos Theofilis, University of Hertfordshire
This workshop will take place on the 27th of October. Please register your interest with the workshop organisers via email to icsr2013w2@gmail.com.

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Workshop 3:

Taking Care of Each Other:
Synchronisation and Reciprocity for Social Companion Robots

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Workshop Abstract:

Recent studies of compassion argue that in human-human interaction actual compassion exists, which is not inherently motivated by self-interest. This research suggests that compassion is based on reciprocity and synchronisation and is rooted in our brain and biology as well as in our socialisation and culture. In a nutshell compassion can be considered as one of the building blocks for sociality. When we are developing robots as companions we have to wonder in how far we can integrate synchronisation and reciprocity in our systems in order to achieve a perceived compassionateness, which leads to mutual care between the user and the robot, as this fosters a sustainable long-term interaction with the system accompanying the user.

Companion robots are considered for various application areas, such as school education, elderly care, therapy etc. and in all these contexts we are aware that a give-and-take relationship can be crucial for the success of the individual. Therefore, companion robots must communicate a feeling of social coupling, relate to the human counterpart, share perceptions and intentions and thereby achieve synchronized and reciprocal behaviour to be considered an actual companion.

Addressing these aspects demands joint effort from the HRI community of various disciplinary backgrounds, such as amongst others cognitive sciences, sociology, and social/ behaviour-based robotics. We believe that this workshop can offer the space to discuss companionship in/for robotics as an interaction pattern of give-and-take and create the much-needed interdisciplinary network to explore this unifying social HRI theme.

Important Dates

  • 31 August 2013, Full / short paper submission
  • 20 September 2013, Notification of acceptance
  • 27 October 2013, Workshop at ICSR 2013

Organizing Committee

  • Astrid Weiss (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Tamara Lorenz (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany)
  • Ben Robins (University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
  • Vanessa Evers (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
  • Markus Vincze (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)


This workshop will take place on the 27th of October. Please register your interest with the workshop organisers via email to astrid.weiss@tuwien.ac.at.


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Important Dates

Special Session
Proposal Submission
29 June 2013 (closed)

Regular/Special Session
Paper Submission
3 10 July 2013 (closed)

Notification of the
Papers' Acceptance
12 13 August 2013

Final Camera-ready
PaperSubmission
21 22 August 2013

Competitions
Submission Deadline
13 September 2013

Competitions
Notification of Acceptance
27 September 2013

Registration and
Welcome Reception
27 October 2013

Conference
Dates
27th to 29th October 2013