Social HRI: RO-MAN 2015

Overcoming Barriers Through Appearance, Behaviour and Context-Based Design

A half-day workshop hosted at IEEE RO-MAN 2015, Kobe, Japan

Workshop Schedule

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. Revised versions of accepted papers will be published in a special volume of the Springer series Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence.

Important Dates

  • 8 May: One-page abstract submission deadline
  • 15 June: Full paper submission deadline
  • 20 July: Notification of acceptance
  • 15 August: Final papers due
  • 31 August: Workshop at RO-MAN 2015 in Kobe

Motivation and Objectives

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.

Intended Audience

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.

Workshop Organizers

  • 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

Program Committee

  • 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

Contact & Submissions

Please contact the workshop organisers by email at social_hri (at) unsw.edu.au with any questions, and to submit your papers.

 

Looking forward to meeting you in Kobe!

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