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IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive 
(RO-MAN 2006)

Theme: Getting to Know Socially Intelligent Robots

6-8 September 2006, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United 

IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society
IEEE Robotics & Automation Society
The Robotics Society of Japan

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Topics and Theme

Human-Robot Interaction and Communication is a quickly growing research
area at the intersection of research fields such as robotics, 
psychology, ethology and cognitive science. Significant initiatives are
currently underway funded by public, academic, governmental as well as
industrial initiatives, exploring and aiming at advancing this research
field and opening up novel and challenging applications. Robots moving 
of laboratory and manufacturing environments face hard problems of
perception, action and cognition. For robots to be accepted as 
or companions in people's private homes and everyday environments
technological solutions do not suffice: The 'human in the loop', as the
potential customer and user will decide on the ultimate success of 
a 'home
robot' as a product. Application areas that heavily involve human 
are a particularly challenging domain.

Human societies have easily assimilated new technologies, such as 
phones, but it is less clear in which application areas robots will be
accepted. Robots as embodied beings, physical, possibly humanoid or 
entities that share our living environments and accompany our lives 
have a certain degree of autonomy, initiative, cognitive skills and 
communicate and interact with people in ways inspired by human-human
contact. Interaction and communication of embodied physical robots with
humans is multi-modal, and involves deep issues of social intelligence,
communication and interaction that have traditionally been studied
primarily in psychology and other areas. The design of a robot?s 
appearance, and cognitive and social skills is highly challenging, and
requires interdisciplinary collaborations across the traditional 
of established disciplines.

IEEE Ro-man 2006 provides a forum for an interdisciplinary exchange for
researchers dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of human-
interaction and communication. Importantly, Ro-man has traditionally
adopted a broad perspective encompassing research issues of human-
interaction and communication in networked media as well as virtual and
augmented tele-presence environments. Submissions are invited from a
variety of research areas that can advance our understanding of human-
interaction and communication, including areas of engineering and
information sciences as well as psychology, social sciences, cognitive
science and related areas.

The annual Ro-man International Workshop series originated in 1992, 
the first workshop held at Hosei University in Japan. Since then, 
Japanese, European and USA institutions have hosted the workshop. In 
IEEE Ro-man is a symposium and will be hosted in United Kingdom by the
Adaptive Systems Research Group at University of Hertfordshire. The 
will include tutorials, special organized sessions, and distinguished
invited keynote speakers.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

-innovative robot designs for HRI research
-user-centred design of social robots
-novel interfaces and interaction modalities
-long-term experience and longitudinal HRI studies
-evaluation methods and new methodologies for HRI research
-degrees of autonomy and teleoperation
-human factors and ergonomics in HRI research
-virtual and augmented tele-presence environments
-ethical 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 
-applications of social robots in entertainment, service robotics, 
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 robots
-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
-motivations and emotions in robots
-curiosity, intentionality and initiative in interaction
-linguistic communication and dialogue with robots and intelligent 
-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 
-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

Instructions for Authors

Papers reporting original and unpublished work are invited. Submissions
should include the paper title, names, tel/fax numbers, email and 
addresses of all authors, and an abstract on the first page. All
submissions should be in English (6 pages maximum length in IEEE two-
format). Papers will be peer-reviewed according to IEEE standards and
selected for oral or poster presentations based on their quality,
originality, significance, relevance and clarity of presentation. The 
submission deadline is 15 March 2006. Final camera-ready submissions of
accepted papers to be published in the Proceedings are due on 10 June 
ONLY ON-LINE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED (please consult where updates of the submission
procedure will be posted)


We are inviting suggestions for half-day tutorials relevant to the 
of IEEE Ro-man06 to be held on the first day of the event (6th 
2006). Please submit the following information (1-2 pages maximum) to 
Programme Chairs ([log in to unmask] and 
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soon as possible but no later than 15th February 2006:

-Title of tutorial
-Tutorial speaker(s), including short CVs
-Motivation/Background (half a page)
-Structure/Overview of tutorial including topics covered
-Links and references relevant to the tutorial
-Any other relevant material
If accepted, the submitted material will be used for advertising the
tutorial as part of IEEE Ro-man06.

Special Sessions

IEEE Ro-man06 is inviting proposals for organized sessions. Please 
the following information to the Programme Chairs 
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and [log in to unmask]) as soon as possible but no later than 15th
February 2006:

-Organizer(s) of special session
-Proposed theme of special session
-One paragraph motivating the relevance of theme to IEEE Ro-man06
-List of 4-5 proposed contributions, including planned titles of 
names and affiliations of authors, and short abstracts of papers

Double special sessions (8-10 papers) will also be considered but 
should be
discussed with the programme chairs. If accepted, the organizers of the
special session are responsible for high-quality peer-review of the
submitted papers according to IEEE standards (2-3 anonymous peer-
using the ROMAN 2006 review criteria plus any additional criteria
particular to the special session). Additional reviewers will be
acknowledged in the proceedings.

Important Dates

15 February 2006 Deadline for proposals for organized special sessions 
25 February 2006 Notification for organized special sessions and 
15 March 2006 Submission of full-length papers due
10 May 2006 Notification for paper submissions
10 June 2006 Submission of camera-ready final papers
6-8 September 2006 IEEE Ro-man Symposium

Organizing Committee

Conference Chair:

Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Programme Chairs:

Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)


Bob Guscott (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Student Programme Chair:

René te Boekhorst (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Publicity Chairs:

Guido Bugmann (University of Plymouth, UK)
Terry Fong (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)

Local Arrangements Chair:

Bob Guscott (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Publications Chairs:

Lola Cañamero (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
David Lee (University of Hertfordshire, UK)



Mike Blow (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Programme Committee

Ana Paiva (INESC, Portugal)
Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland)
Ben J.A. Kröse (UvA, The Netherlands)
Catherine Pelachaud (Université de Paris 8, France)
Elisabeth André (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Erwin Prassler (B-IT and Fraunhofer Institute, Germany)
François Michaud (University of Sherbrooke, Canada)
Frederic Kaplan (Sony CSL, France)
Gernot Kronreif (ARCS, Austria)
Giorgio Metta (University of Genova, Italy)
Giulio Sandini (University of Genova, Italy)
Guido Bugmann (University of Plymouth, UK)
Henrik I Christensen (KTH, Sweden)
Hideki Kozima (Communications Research Laboratory, Japan)
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University and ATR, Japan)
Hisato Kobayashi (Hosei University Research Institute, Japan)
Karl F. MacDorman (Indiana University, USA)
Kazuhiko Kawamura (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Kerstin Severinson Eklundh (KTH, Sweden)
Lola Cañamero (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Lynne Hall (University of Sunderland, UK)
Marge Skubic (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)
Naoyuki Kubota (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
Nilanjan Sarkar (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Patrizia Marti (University of Siena, Italy)
Peter Kahn (University of Washington, USA)
Peter Wallis (Sheffield University, UK)
Rachid Alami (LAAS, France)
René te Boekhorst (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Ruth Aylett (Heriot-Watt University,UK)
Sara Kiesler (CMU, USA)
Stacy Marsella (USC-ISI, USA)
Stephen J. Cowley (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Takanori Shibata (AIST, Japan)
Takayuki Kanda (ATR, Japan)
Tatsuya Nomura (Ryukoku University and ATR, Japan)
Terry Fong (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
Toyoaki Nishida (Kyoto University, Japan)
Yiannis Demiris (Imperial College, UK)
Yoshihiro Miyake (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)


Dr. Lynne Hall,
Principal Lecturer in Digital Media,
School of Computing & Technology,
University of Sunderland, PO Box 299, Sunderland, SR6 0DD
Tel: +44 1661 844696   
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