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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Third International Symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, AISB-50, 3rd4th April 2014, Goldsmiths, London, UK


Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a quickly growing and very interdisciplinary research field. 
Its application areas will have an impact not only economically, but also on the way we live 
and the kinds of relationships we may develop with machines. Due to its interdisciplinary nature 
different views and approaches towards HRI need to be nurtured. In order to help the field to 
develop, this symposium will encourage submissions in a variety of categories, thus giving this 
event a unique character.

The first symposium on New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction was held as part of AISB 2009 
in Edinburgh, Scotland; the second symposium was run in conjunction with AISB 2010 in Leicester, 
England. These two previously organised symposia were characterised by excellent presentations as 
well as extensive and constructive discussions of the research among the participants. Inspired 
by the great success of the preceding events and the rapidly evolving field of HRI, the 
continuation of the symposium series aims to provide a platform to present and discuss 
collaboratively recent findings and challenges in HRI.

The symposium encourages a diversity of views on HRI and different approaches taken. It will 
consist of paper presentations, panels and, importantly, much time for open discussions which 
will distinguish this event from regular conferences and workshops in the field of HRI.

*Keynote Speaker*

Prof. Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, UK

*Important Dates*

Submission Deadline: Friday, 3 January 2014
Author Notification: Monday, 3 February 2014
Camera-Ready Deadline: Monday, 24 February 2014
Symposium Dates: 3rd - 4th April 2014


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Robot Companions:
   - Robots as helpers in the home
   - Robots as personal assistants and trainers
   - Robots in collaborative scenarios
   - Robots as autonomous companions
   - Robots in schools and in other educational environments
   - Creating relationships with robots
Robots in personal care and healthcare:
   - Assistive technology
   - Robot-assisted therapy
   - Robots for rehabilitation
Human-centered robot design:
   - Human-aware robot perception
   - User needs and requirements for HRI
   - User experience in HRI
   - Sustaining the engagement of users
   - Robot and human personality
   - Personalising robots
Learning in HRI:
   - Robots that learn socially and adapt to people
   - Human-robot teaching
Sensors and interfaces for HRI:
   - Embodied interfaces for smart homes
   - Customisable HRI interfaces
   - Multimodal sensor fusion
Expressiveness in robots:
   - Dialogue and multimodal human-robot interaction
   - Nonverbal expressiveness
   - Social signal processing
Robot architectures for socially intelligent robots:
   - Cognitive Architectures
   - Behaviour Planning and Execution
Empirical studies:
   - Ethnography and field studies in naturalistic environments
   - Long-term or repeated interaction with robots
   - New methods and methodologies to carry out and analyse human-robot interaction
   - Cross-cultural studies
Robot safety and trust
Robots as remote-controlled tools
Robots in search and rescue
Social and ethical aspects of HRI
Developmental robotics

The symposium encourages submissions in any of the following categories:

*N* Novel research findings resulting from completed empirical studies In this category we 
encourage submissions where a substantial body of findings has been accumulated based on 
precise research questions or hypotheses. Such studies are expected to fit within a particular 
experimental framework (e.g. using qualitative or quantitative evaluation techniques) and the 
reviewing of such papers will apply relevant (statistical and other) criteria accordingly. 
Findings of such studies should provide novel insights into human-robot interaction studies.

*E* Exploratory studies
Exploratory studies are often necessary to pilot and fine-tune the methodological approach, 
procedures and measures. In a young research field such as HRI with novel applications and 
various robotic platforms, exploratory studies are also often required to derive a set of 
concrete research questions or hypothesis, in particular concerning issues where there is 
little related theoretical and experimental work. Although care must be taken in the 
interpretation of findings from such studies, they may highlight issues of great interest 
and relevance to peers.

*S* Case studies
Due to the nature of many HRI studies, a large-scale quantitative approach is sometimes neither 
feasible nor desirable. However, case study evaluation can provide meaningful findings if 
presented appropriately. Thus, case studies with only one participant, or a small group of 
participants, are encouraged if they are carried out and analysed in sufficient depth.

*P* Position papers
While categories N, E and S require reporting on HRI studies or experiments, position papers 
can be conceptual or theoretical, providing new interpretations of known results. Also, in this 
category we consider papers that present new ideas without having a complete study to report on. 
Papers in this category will be judged on the soundness of the argument presented, the 
significance of the ideas and the interest to the HRI community.

*R* Replication of HRI studies
To develop as a field, HRI findings obtained by one research group need to be replicated by other 
groups. Without any additional novel insights, such work is often not publishable. Within this 
category, authors will have the opportunity to report on studies that confirm or disconfirm 
findings from experiments that have already been reported in the literature. This category 
includes studies that report on negative findings.

*D* Live HRI Demonstrations
Contributors may have an opportunity to provide live demonstrations (live or via Skype), pending 
the outcome of negotiations with the local organsation team. The demo should highlight interesting 
features and insights into HRI. Purely entertaining demonstrations without significant research 
content are discouraged.

*Y* System Development
Research in this category includes the design and development of new sensors, robot designs and 
algorithms for socially interactive robots. Extensive user studies are not necessarily required 
in this category.

*Submission Format*

We invite unpublished, original work as extended abstracts of up to 3 pages or full papers of up 
to 8 pages according to the AISB 2014 formatting guidelines (double column). In category *D* we 
invite one page descriptions detailing the demo and its associated research questions.

In addition to paper presentations, the symposium will also include invited talks and, potentially,
panels. The symposium schedule will emphasise critical discussions of the presented research as 
well as wider issues that are important to HRI.


All accepted contributions will be published in the symposium proceedings (hard-copy and electronic
copy). A special journal issue will be considered and/or a book publication with a selection of 
extended versions of the best symposium contributions.

*Symposium Organisers*

Dr. Maha Salem, University of Hertfordshire, UK,
Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK,

*Programme Committee*

Aris Alissandrakis, Linnus University, Sweden
Farshid Amirabdollahian, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Brenna Argall, Northwestern University, USA
Christoph Bartneck, University of Canterbury, NZ
Angelo Basteris, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Tony Belpaeme, Plymouth University, UK
Cindy Bethel, Mississippi State University, USA
Dan Bohus, Microsoft Research, USA
Frank Broz, Plymouth University, UK
Maya Cakmak, University of Washington, USA
Sylvain Calinon, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Giorgio Cannata, University of Genoa, Italy
Luisa Damiano, University of Bergamo, Italy
Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College, UK
Kerstin Eder, University of Bristol, UK
Friederike Eyssel, Bielefeld University, Germany
Michael Fisher, University of Liverpool, UK
Michael A. Goodrich, Tufts University, USA
Marc Hanheide, University of Lincoln, UK
Frank Hegel, Bielefeld University, Germany
Guy Hoffmann, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel
Takayuki Kanda, ATR, Japan
Kheng Lee Koay, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Hatice Kose-Bagci, İstanbul Teknik niversitesi, Turkey
Sonia Kwak, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Hagen Lehmann, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Katrin Lohan, University of Edinburgh, UK
Evgeni Magid, University of Bristol, UK
Patrizia Marti, University of Siena, Italy
Ross Mead, University of Southern California, USA
Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Honda Research Institute, USA
Tatsuya Nomura, Ryukoku University, Japan
Mohammad Obaid, University of Canterbury, NZ
Nuno Otero, University of Minho, Portugal
Anthony Pipe, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
Ulrich Reiser, IPA Fraunhofer, Germany
Laurel Riek, University of Notre Dame, USA
Ben Robins, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Katharina Rohlfing, Bielefeld University, Germany
Joan Saez-Pons, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Majd Sakr, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar
Joe Saunders, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Lars Schillingmann, Osaka University, Japan
Kerstin Severinson Eklundh, KTH, Sweden
Dag Syrdal, University of Hertfordshire, UK 
Leila Takayama, Google[x], USA
Adriana Tapus, ENSTA-ParisTech, France
Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria
Alessandro Vinciarelli, University of Glasgow, UK
Michael L. Walters, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Matt Webster, University of Liverpool, UK
Astrid Weiss, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Alan Wing, University of Birmingham, UK
Sebastian Wrede, Bielefeld University, Germany