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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: Spoken Dialogue and Human-Robot Interaction


Spoken Dialogue and Human-Robot Interaction, Workshop at IEEE Ro-Man 2009, 27 Sep-2 Oct 2009, Toyama, Japan

This full day workshop at IEEE Ro-Man 2009 focuses on new developments in the use of spoken dialogue communication in human-robot interaction. Robots extend the typical domain of natural language processing in that they allow a multi-modal experience, which potentially improves performance of NLP methods, but especially allows for a rich embodied interaction between robots and people not only involving language, but drawing upon a wide range of other communicative modalities. Recent advances in using language-enabled robots also show that new challenges such as real-world settings, spoken communication, acoustic packaging, embodiment, incomplete sensor information and the integration with action require a new approach for which classic natural language processing and disembodied AI are not well-equipped. In addition, embodied language and perception offers unprecedented possibilities as a conduit to acquire conceptual knowledge or to adapt existing knowledge; giving the robot access to views and worlds unavailable to robots that are non-language-sensitive. This workshop invites contributions on work in progress, algorithms, results and demonstrations.

The workshop aims to offer a varied programme, with a balanced mix of reports on whole systems, new developments in the field and high-potential work-in-progress.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

         Human-robot interaction involving linguistic / spoken dialogue-based communication.

         Robot-robot interaction involving linguistic communication.

         Embodied multi-modal communication.

         (Extended) symbol grounding.

         Language as a conduit for supporting knowledge acquisition.

         New challenges for linguistic communication in HRI.

         Autonomous language and knowledge acquisition in robots.

         Situated dialogue processing.

         Non-verbal communication in dialogue.

         Acoustic packaging.

Papers can be up to 6 pages and should be formatted according to the IEEE Ro-Man 2009 paper guidelines ( Accepted papers will be published in the ROMAN 2009 Workshops and Tutorials proceedings and will be made available on CD.

The submission deadline for papers is 20 April 2009. Reviews and decisions will be sent out by 15 May 2009. Papers should be submitted to

Organisers: Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth, UK) and Geert-Jan Kruijff (DFKI, Germany).