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CFP: RO-MAN 2015 Workshop on Social HRI (Apr. 06, 2015)

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to contribute to and participate in our half-day workshop at
RO-MAN 2015 in Kobe, Japan, on 31 August 2015.

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Workshop Title

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SOCIAL HRI: OVERCOMING BARRIERS THROUGH APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOUR AND
CONTEXT-BASED DESIGN

Workshop web page:
http://www.crl.niea.unsw.edu.au/research/social_hri_workshop/

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Scope and Topics

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Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following
* Experience-focused HRI design
* Robot appearance and behavioural design
* Understanding and representing social context: e.g. office,
nursing home, museum, etc.
* Influence on human trust towards a robot
* From androids and humanoids to non-anthropomorphic robots
* Robots in the workplace
* Context awareness, expectation, and intention understanding
* Interaction and collaboration among robots, humans, and environments

All submitted papers within the scope of the workshop will be peer-reviewed.
Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special volume of the
Springer series Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence (awaiting
confirmation).

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Important Dates

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* One-page abstract deadline: 8 May 2015
* Full paper submission deadline: 15 June 2015
* Notification of acceptance: 20 July 2015
* Final papers due: 15 August 2015
* Workshop date: 31 August 2015

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Motivation and Objectives

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Advances in robotics science and technology mean that robots are
increasingly being deployed into society. The rapid pace of change is being
driven principally by advances in engineering and IT, often with relatively
minor attention given to contextual, social and cultural factors.
Breakthroughs that advance the efficient, fluent and rewarding human
interaction with these robots will require a cross-disciplinary approach
that combines expertise in aesthetics and interaction design, psychology,
artificial intelligence, and engineering, linked strongly to both academia
and industry. Strong public acceptance and uptake of the next generation of
social robots will be driven not only by the advances in material
productivity and knowledge sharing that can be achieved through their use,
but more importantly by the levels of engagement and enjoyment that humans
will experience when interacting with them, resulting in a creative and
innovative environment. The prime motivation of the workshop is therefore to
explore how a robot’s appearance and behaviour can be shaped in the context
of users and their environments. A robot’s appearance, behaviour and the
socio-cultural context that it operates in are key factors that influence
the quality of the interaction between a human and a robot.

The workshop aims to explore how innovative robot design can assist in
overcoming the social, emotional and psychological barriers that people can
experience when interacting with robots. It is intended that the workshop
will bring together researchers with diverse approaches to the conception,
design and implementation of the next generation of social robots. Emphasis
will be placed on how a robot’s appearance and behaviour should be designed
to take into account the social context, including both people and
environment, in which it will be embedded.

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Intended Audience

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The workshop is intended to attract researchers from both industry and
academia working in the multi-disciplinary area of social HRI, including
interactive robotic system designers, AI experts, interactive media artists,
and behavioural experts from psychology and the social sciences.

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Workshop Organisers

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* Assoc Prof Mari Velonaki, University of New South Wales
* Dr Roshan Thapliya, Fuji-Xerox Co., Ltd.
* Assoc Prof David Rye, University of Sydney
* Dr David Silvera-Tawil, University of New South Wales
* Prof Katsumi Watanabe, Waseda University

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Program Committee

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* Assoc Prof Mari Velonaki, University of New South Wales
* Dr Roshan Thapliya, Fuji-Xerox Co., Ltd.
* Assoc Prof David Rye, University of Sydney
* Dr David Silvera-Tawil, University of New South Wales
* Prof Katsumi Watanabe, Waseda University
* Prof Dikai Liu, University of Technology, Sydney
* Prof Maurice Pagnucco, University of New South Wales

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Paper Submission and Review

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Paper submission and review is a two-stage process. All submitted papers
within the scope of the workshop will be peer-reviewed.

Stage 1: Please email a one-page abstract of your paper in PDF form to
social_hri (at) @unsw.edu.au by 8 May June 2015. The abstract must contain
the paper title, author names and affiliations, contact details of the
corresponding author, and an extended abstract. This submission should be no
longer than one A4 page of 10-point type, single column. This initial
abstract submission is for RO-MAN 2015 workshop organization purposes only
and there will be no notification of acceptance at this stage.

Stage 2: Please email a PDF of your full paper to social_hri (at)
@unsw.edu.au by 15 June 2015. Papers must be no more than 6 pages long, and
conform to the RO-MAN 2015 manuscript guidelines
(http://ro-man2015.org/papers.html); please use the RO-MAN 2015 LaTeX or
MS-Word templates. All accepted papers require at least one author to
register for the workshop. More information is available on the RO-MAN 2015
website.

Please visit http://www.crl.niea.unsw.edu.au/research/social_hri_workshop/
for further and updated information about the workshop.

Please contact the workshop organisers at social_hri (at) unsw.edu.au with
any questions.

Looking forward to meeting you in Kobe!

Best regards,

Mari Velonaki, Roshan Thapliya, David Rye, David Silvera-Tawil and Katsumi
Watanabe

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