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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS AND PARTICIPATION: HRI 2014 Workshop on Cognitive Architectures for Human-Robot Interaction,3rd March, 2014 Bielefeld, GERMANY

** Submission deadline: Friday 10th January, 2014
** Notification of acceptance: Monday 20th January, 2014
** Final (accepted) submission: Friday 7th February, 2014
** Workshop: Monday 3rd March, 2014 (half day)

Cognitive Architectures are constructs (encompassing both theory and
models) that seek to account for cognition (over multiple timescales)
using a set of domain-general structures and mechanisms. Typically
inspired by human cognition, the emphasis is on deriving a set of
principles of operation not constrained to a specific task or context.
This therefore presents a holistic perspective: it forces the system
designer to initially take a step back from diving into computational
mechanisms and consider what sort of functionality needs to be present,
and how this relates to other cognitive competencies. Thus the very
process of applying such an approach to HRI may yield benefits, such as
the integration of evidence from the human sciences in a principled
manner, the facilitation of comparison of different systems (abstracting
away from specific computational algorithms), and as a more principled
manner to verify and refine the resultant autonomous systems.

For HRI, such an approach to building autonomous systems based on
Cognitive Architecture, 'cognitive integration', would emphasise first
those aspects of behaviour that are common across domains, before
applying these to specific interaction contexts for evaluation.
Furthermore, given inspiration from human cognition, it can also
inherently take into account the behaviour of the humans with which the
system should interact, with the intricacies and sub-optimality that
this entails.

To date, there have been relatively few efforts to apply such ideas to
the context of HRI in a structured manner. The aim of this workshop is
therefore to provide a forum to discuss the reasons and potential for
the application of Cognitive Architectures to autonomous HRI systems. It
is expected that by attending this workshop and engaging in the
discussions, participants will gain further insight into how a
consideration of Cognitive Architectures complements the development of
autonomous social robots, and contribute to the cross-fertilization of
ideas in this exciting area.

Contributions are sought from all who are interested in participation. A
light-touch review process will be applied to check for relevance - the
emphasis of the workshop is on inclusion, discussion and dissemination.
Prior to the workshop, the organizers will integrate these into a list a
perspectives that will form the basis for the discussions.

Please prepare a 2-page position paper on your research-informed
perspective on cognitive architectures for human-robot interaction
(particularly social). The HRI template should be used for this
submission (ACM SIG Proceedings). Submissions should be sent to:
paul.baxter(at) All accepted position papers will be
archived on the workshop website.

** Paul Baxter (Plymouth University) and Greg Trafton (NRL)
** Email: paul.baxter(at)