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AISB event Bulletin Item

1st CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: The 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 25th- 29th Aug 2014,Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

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 RO-MAN 2014 is the twenty-third installment of this well-known and exciting conference that 
invites submissions covering a range of topics in the domain of robot and human interactive 
communication. RO-MAN continues to be one of the key conferences for submitting innovative 
research on human-machine and human-robot interaction and communication. 
 This years conference highlights the current societal challenges in health and well-being 
by adopting the theme of Human-robot co-existence: Adaptive interfaces and systems for daily 
life, therapy, assistance and socially engaging interactions. 
 The conference provides a platform for exchange between researchers and technology providers 
and will provide a chance for demonstrating research outcomes and prototypes as well as existing 
products. Hosted in the historical Scottish city of Edinburgh and overlapping with the well-known 
Edinburgh Festival season (1-25 August, 2014), the conference will provide a unique opportunity 
to meet and discuss with other participants. In addition to regular submissions, we invite 
proposals for workshops, tutorial and special sessions.
 Important Deadlines
 Workshop, Special Sessions & Tutorial proposals:
 Submission of proposals:   10/01/2014
 Notification of acceptance:  17/01/2014
 Workshop papers:
 Submission of workshop papers:   02/05/2014
 Notification of acceptance:   28/05/2014
 Submission of camera-ready papers: 10/06/2014
 Regular Papers and Special Session papers:
 Submission of regular and special session papers: 16/02/2014
 Notification of acceptance:    27/04/2014
 Submission of camera-ready papers:  23/05/2014
 Topics of Interest (but are not restricted to):
 * Innovative robot designs for HRI research.
 * User-centered design of social robots.
 * Novel interfaces and interaction modalities.
 * Long-term experience and longitudinal HRI studies.
 * Evaluation methods and new methodologies for HRI research.
 * Androids.
 * Degrees of autonomy and teleoperation.
 * Human factors and ergonomics in HRI research.
 * Virtual and augmented tele-presence environments.
 * Social, ethical and aesthetic issues in human-robot interaction research.
 * Robots in education, therapy and rehabilitation. 
* Medical and surgical applications of robots. 
* Robot companions and social robots in home environments.
 * Assistive robotics for supporting the elderly or people with special needs.
 * Applications of social robots in entertainment, service robotics, space travel and others.
 * Anthropomorphic robots and virtual humans.
 * Interaction with believable characters.
 * Non-verbal cues and expressiveness in interactions: gesture, posture, social spaces and facial expressions.
 * Interaction kinesics.
 * Monitoring of behaviour and internal states of human subjects.
 * Robotic etiquette.
 * Social intelligence for robot.
 * Social presence for robots and virtual humans.
 * Creating relationships with robots and humanoids.
 * Personalities for robotic or virtual characters.
 * Embodiment, empathy and intersubjectivity in interaction with robotic and virtual characters.
 * Intelligence, motivations and emotions in robots.
 * Curiosity, intentionality and initiative in interaction.
 * Linguistic communication and dialogue with robots and intelligent interfaces.
 * Multimodal interaction and conversational skills.
 * Cognitive and sensori-motor development in robots.
 * Cognitive skills and mental models for social robots.
 * Social learning and skill acquisition via teaching and imitation.
 * Programming by demonstration.
 * Cooperation and collaboration in human-robot teams.
 * Human-robot interaction and collaboration in manufacturing environments.
 * Motion planning and navigation in the vicinity of humans.
 * Machine learning and adaptation in human-robot interaction.
 * Multi-modal situation awareness and spatial cognition.
 * Computational architectures for human-robot interaction.
 * Detecting and understanding human activity.
 * Narrative and story-telling in interaction.
 Organising Committee 
 General Chairs
 * Patricia A. Vargas (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 * Ruth Aylett (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 Honorary Chair
 * Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
 Programme Chair:
 * Farshid Amirabdollahian (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
 Special Program Chairs:
 * Adriana Tapus (Ensta, France)
 * Aris Alissandrakis (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
 * Fumihide Tanaka (University of Tokyo, Japan)
 * Selma Sabanovic (Indiana University, USA)
 * Rui Loureiro (Middlesex University, UK)
 * Yukie Nagai (Osaka University, Japan)
 Publication Chairs:
 * Asad Nazir (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 * Hagen Lehmann (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
 * Subramanian Ramamoorthy (University of Edinburgh, UK)
 Publicity Chairs:
 * Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
 * Mike Goodrich (Brigham Young University, USA)
 * Renato Tinos (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
 * Sonya S. Kwak (Ewha Womans University, Korea)
 * Takayuki Kanda (ATR, Japan)
 Finance Chairs:
 * Amol Deshmukh (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 * Robert J. Pooley (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 Local Chairs:
 * Mary Ellen Foster (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 * Mei Yii Lim (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 Session Chairs:
 * Ben Robins (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
 * Ginevra Castellano (University of Birmingham, UK)
 Workshop/Tutorial Chairs:
 * Angelo Cangelosi (Plymouth University, UK)
 * Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland)
 Video/Poster Chairs:
 * Hatice Kose (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
 * Kheng Lee Koay (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
 * Xianwen Kong (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 Exhibition Chairs:
 * Micael Couceiro (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
 * Gustavo Pessin (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
 * Michael L. Walters (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
 Industry Session Chairs:
 * Geoff Pegman (RU Robotics Ltd, UK)
 * Gery Colombo (Hocoma, Switzerland)
 * Marta Vellajo (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
 * Nauman Shah (University of Hertfordshire, UK)