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5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on

Workshop on
What Do Collaborations with the Arts Have to Say about HRI?

March 2, 2010
Osaka, Japan


Human-Robot Interaction researchers are beginning to reach out to
fields not traditionally associated with interaction research, such as
the performing arts, cartooning, and animation. These collaborations
offer the potential for novel insights about how to get robots and
people to interact more effectively, but they also involve a number of
unique challenges. The vocabulary, mindset, and focus of these fields
are often radically different from that of HRI, making collaborations
challenging to define and initiate. Many of these fields are in the
arts, which have different sets of values and goals than one would
find in the HRI research community. For example, the ways of
evaluating the quality of one's work in art does not necessarily
involve rigorous quantitative evaluations of the sort common in HRI;
this can make the goal-setting and evaluation of such collaborations

This full-day workshop will offer a venue for HRI researchers and
their collaborators from diverse fields including, but certainly not
limited to, the performing arts, cartooning, animation, literature,
and film, to report on their work, share insights about the
collaboration process, and to help begin to define an exciting new
area in HRI.

The workshop will include (1) a small number of invited talks, (2)
oral presentations of selected submissions, and (3) a poster session
for all participants. Ample time will be allocated at the end of each
presentation session for discussion and brainstorming. The program
will also include a working session, with breakout groups, which will
attempt to identify best practices from existing collaborations and
fruitful directions for future collaborations.


You are invited to submit either full papers (8 pages) describing the
results of collaborations with non-traditional fields, or short
position papers (2 pages) describing interesting possible

Submit your HRI 2010 formatted paper by email to
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Submit full or short papers by: January 15, 2010, 5pm PST
Receive notification of acceptance by: January 20, 2010, 5pm PST
Submit final papers by: February 10, 2010, 5pm PST


The submitted papers and posters will be collected and published as a
technical report from the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. They will also be
made available in electronic format on the workshop web site.


Bill Smart is an assistant professor of computer science at Washington
University in St. Louis. He co-directs the Media and Machines
Laboratory, which carries out research in mobile robotics, computer
graphics, machine learning, computer vision, and human-computer
interaction. His research focuses on human-robot interaction, machine
learning applied to the control of complex non-linear dynamical
systems, and brain-machine interfaces. Smart holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in
Computer Science from Brown University, an M.Sc in Intelligent
Robotics from Edinburgh University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer
Science from Dundee University. He is the co-founder of the ICRA Robot
Challenge, past chair of the AAAI Mobile Robot Competition, and
co-chair of the IEEE RAS Ad-Hoc Committee on Competitions and
Challenges. His current research looks at how to take insights from
the performing arts and apply them to human-robot interaction.

Annamaria Pileggi is an actor and director whose career has included
collaborations with writers Theresa Rebeck and Barbara Damashek,
directors Barney Simon of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South
Africa, and David Wheeler of the American and Trinity Repertory
Theatres. Locally, she has directed at That Uppity Theatre, New
Jewish, Onsite, Muddy Waters, Dramatic License, and HotCity theatres.
In addition, she is on staff at HotCity as an Associate Director and
Co-Producer of the theatre’s Greenhouse New Play Development Series.
Pileggi is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and
has been on the faculty of the Performing Arts Department since 1991.
A three time recipient of the University’s College of Arts and
Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Pileggi directs and teaches
courses in Acting, Movement for the Actor, and Musical Theatre. She
also serves as an administrator and acting instructor for the
department’s Shakespeare Globe Program in London. Pileggi has an MFA
in acting from Brandeis University.

Leila Takayama is a human-robot interaction research scientist at
Willow Garage, a company that is developing open-source, non-military,
personal robots. Coming from a human-computer interaction, cognitive
psychology, and communication perspective, she focuses her research
upon problems of embodied interaction between people and robots,
factors that influence the perceived agency of robots, and how robots
might become invisible-in-use. She completed her PhD at Stanford
(2008), where she was advised by Professor Clifford Nass. During
graduate school, she worked part-time at Palo Alto Research Center
(PARC), mentored by Dr. Stuart Card. Prior to Stanford, she completed
her BAs in Cognitive Science and Psychology at UC Berkeley (2003). She
is currently working with animators and sound designers to work out
non-verbal behaviors and non-speech sounds for making robot behaviors
more human-readable.

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