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"S. Shyam Sundar" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 11 Dec 2009 13:21:08 -0500
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5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on


Workshop on

Interaction Science Perspective on HRI: Designing Robot Morphology

March 2, Osaka (Japan)



This half-day HRI 2010 workshop will address the impact of robot  
morphology on human-robot interaction (HRI) from the perspective of  
Interaction Science (IS), which advances knowledge about human  
interactions with digital technologies for pursuing theory, design,  
creation, implementation and evaluation of communication technologies.

If embodiment is the unique feature of robots, then a fundamental HRI  
issue pertains to the effect of a particular morphology or physical  
design in the way humans interact with a robot, what humans expect the  
robot to do, and how humans respond to it. Morphology is first  
conditioned by the specific engineering purpose that the robot must  
fulfill. For example, a vision-based system suggests the design of an  
anthropomorphic face, but this has to be balanced with the "uncanny  
valley effect": at what point does human response to an  
anthropomorphic robot change from empathy to repulsion? Clearly,  
morphology holds important meanings for users. Different morphologies  
suggest different affordances to users, triggering a variety of  
cognitive heuristics and thereby shaping their interactions with robots.

As the outcome of this workshop, we expect some progress towards more  
human-acceptable interactions with robots by understanding the  
cognitive, behavioral, organizational, and contextual factors of  
morphology in HRI and paving the way for development of meta-theories  
and design guidelines. We emphasize the importance of the user context  
and the complexity and diversity of human behavior, along with a  
highly multi-disciplinary approach to HRI, involving participants from  
communication, engineering, psychology, design, and other disciplines.  
By encouraging integration of multiple perspectives, we aspire to  
arrive at new insights. The workshop will be organized in such a way  
as to generate fruitful discussions, it will consist of invited  
presentations, regular presentations and posters, with additional time  
for discussions.

Call for Contributions

Contributions are solicited in different categories provided that they  
are relevant to the workshop topic, i.e. the impact of robot  
morphology on HRI, as described above. We encourage a variety of  
perspectives on this topic in the interdisciplinary spirit of  
Interaction Science, emphasizing user aspects of robot morphology.  
Thus, submissions could describe results of research, user studies,  
research in progress, position papers, concept explication,  
theoretical elaboration, descriptions of interface prototypes and  
other forms of contributions to advancement of knowledge pertaining to  
robot morphology and HRI. Final contributions will be included in the  
workshop proceedings, available to all attendees of the conference.

Submissions should be in pdf format and preferably in standard IEEE  
two-column format, but no longer than 2 pages. All submissions should  
be sent by email to both organizers of the workshop:

Angel P. del Pobil <[log in to unmask]> and

S. Shyam Sundar <[log in to unmask]>

NO LATER than 5 pm GMT on 15 January 2010 (firm deadline)

Please include [HRI2010] in the email subject line and the following  
information in the body: title of paper, author list, contact email,  
name of attached pdf file.

Important Dates:

15 January 2010 (strict) - Extended abstracts submission deadline

20 January 2010 - Notification of acceptance

10 February 2010 - Final versions due


The organizers will put together the proceedings of the workshop  
consisting of accepted contributions in final form, the conclusions  
resulting from the discussions and other relevant materials.


Angel P. del Pobil, Robotic Intelligence Laboratory ( 

Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain, <[log in to unmask]>,

Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Universitat Jaume I (Spain)  
and founding director of the UJI Robotic Intelligence Laboratory. His  
research interests include: human-robot interaction, humanoid robots,  
service robotics, robot physical interaction, robot learning,  
developmental robotics, and the interplay between neurobiology and  

S. Shyam Sundar, Media Effects Research Laboratory ( 

College of Communications, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

<[log in to unmask]>,

S. Shyam Sundar is distinguished professor of communication and  
founding director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at Penn  
State University (USA). His research investigates social and  
psychological effects of technological elements in media interfaces.  
His MAIN Model is particularly appropriate for studying the role of  
robot morphology on user cognitions and their  subsequent interactions.

This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Interaction Science,  
Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.

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