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"Nathan G. Freier" <[log in to unmask]>
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Nathan G. Freier
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 16:41:43 -0400
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[This email was mistakenly titled as a CHI Workshop.  It is, in fact,
a call for submissions to an HRI conference workshop.  Apologies.]

Workshop for HRI '08
Title: Coding Behavioral Video Data and Reasoning Data in Human-Robot

Purpose: The purpose of the workshop is to bring together HRI
researchers and designers from across the world who are actively
engaged - or would like to be - in coding behavioral and/or reasoning
data in HRI.  We'll share methods from our respective laboratories,
and discuss problems encountered and potential solutions.  By the end
of the workshop:
*       Participants will understand different approaches toward
constructing coding systems.
*       Participants will be positioned better to analyze their own HRI data.
*       We will have begun to establish a community of researchers and
designers who can share related ideas with one another in the years to
*       We will move forward with publishing proceedings from the workshop.

Deadline for Submission (for Presenters): December 14, 2007

Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
University of Washington, USA

Takayuki Kanda
Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR), Japan

Nathan G. Freier
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Rachel L. Severson
University of Washington, USA

Hiroshi Ishiguro
Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR) and Osaka University, Japan
As the field of human-robot interaction begins to mature, researchers
and designers are recognizing the need for systematic, comprehensive,
and theoretically-grounded methodologies for investigating people's
social interactions with robots.  One attractive approach entails the
collection of behavioral video data in naturalistic or experimental
settings.  Another attractive approach entails interviewing
participants about their conceptions of human-robot interaction (e.g.,
during or immediately following an interaction with a specific robot).
 With behavioral video data and/or reasoning data in hand, the
question then emerges: How does one code and analyze such data?

The workshop is divided into two main parts.

Morning.  Our collaborative laboratories (from the University of
Washington and ATR) will share in some depth the coding system we have
developed for coding 90 children's social and moral behavior with and
reasoning about a humanoid robot (ATR's Robovie).  This coding manual
builds from other systems we have developed and disseminated elsewhere
as technical reports (Friedman, et al, 2005; Kahn et al., 2003, 2005,
2005).  Key issues presented in the morning include:
*       What is a Coding Manual?
*       Getting Started - Iterating between Data and Theory
*       Building on Previous Systems, when Applicable
*       Hierarchical Organization of Categories
*       Time Segmentation of Behavior
*       Behavior in Response to Robot-Initiated and
Experimenter-Initiated Stimulus
*       Coding Social and Moral Reasoning
*       How to Deal with Multiple Ways of Coding a Single Behavioral
Event or Reason
*       Reliability Coding
We'll have plenty of time for discussion of issues as they emerge.

Afternoon:  Following a group lunch, we'll then have up to 5
participants present for 20 minutes each (followed by 20 minutes of
discussion after each presentation).  Presenters will provide a brief
overview of one of their HRI research projects (hopefully with some
video data or interview data in hand), and then explicate three
problems they encountered in coding the data, and then (if at all) how
they sought to solve the problems.  The 20 minute discussion periods
will provide time for participants to discuss the nature of the
problems and other possible solution strategies.

Two Types of Participation
There will be two types of participation:

5 Presenters (in addition to the 5 organizers):  Presenters will be
actively involved in HRI research that involves behavioral and/or
reasoning data.  As noted above, each presenter will have 20 minutes
to present an overview of one of their HRI research projects, and to
present three problems encountered and possible solutions.

Other Workshop Participants:  Participants will join in the workshop
and participate in discussions.  The prerequisite is simply an
interest in the topic.

Submission Guidelines
As noted above, there will be two types of participation: (1) workshop
presenters, and (2) workshop participants.  Submission guidelines
differ depending on your interests in participating:

(1) Workshop Presenter:  Send a one-page single-spaced summary of your
HRI research project, and three possible coding problems encountered
and possible solutions.  Indicate whether you anticipate having some
actual data to share (video clips or interview transcripts) that
illustrate your issues at hand.  Include an additional paragraph that
summarizes your background in HRI.  These submissions will be
peer-reviewed.  The deadline for submission is December 14, 2007.

(2) Workshop Participant:  Send a one-paragraph summary of your
background in HRI and interest in the workshop.  Participants will be
accepted on a first-come-first-admitted basis.

The workshop will take place March 12, 2008, at the HRI '08 conference
site, the beautiful Felix Meritis cultural center in central

Workshop Proceedings
We plan to publish proceedings of the workshop in the form of a
technical report.  At this junction, the technical report will include
the full coding system for the UW-ATR study on Children's Social and
Moral Relationships with a Humanoid Robot.  We would also like to
include full coding systems from the other 5 presenters in the
workshop.  Together, then, we would have created a vibrant initial
repository of coding systems for other researchers to draw upon.
However, if not all of the presenters have full systems, then we will
include a written version of their summary of their project and their
3 problems and solutions presented during the workshop.

Biographical Sketches and Contact Information of Organizers:

Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Adjunct
Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of
Washington.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California,
Berkeley in 1988.  His publications have appeared in such journals as
Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Human-Computer
Interaction, and Journal of Systems Software, as well as in such
proceedings as CHI, Ubicomp, and Ro-Man.  His 1999 book (MIT Press) is
titled The Human Relationship with Nature: Development and Culture.
His research projects - funded by the National Science Foundation -
focus on human interaction with nature and technological systems,
including (a) social and moral relationships with personified robots,
and (b) the psychological effects of digitized natural information.

Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Box 351525
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-1525
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Takayuki Kanda
is Senior Researcher at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication
Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan.  He received his Ph.D. in computer science
from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 2003.  His publications have
appeared in such journals as Autonomous Robots, IEEE Intelligent
Systems, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and Human-Computer
interaction, as well as in such proceedings as IJCAI, ICRA, IROS, HRI,
Humanoids, and Ro-Man.  His current research interests include
intelligent robotics and human-robot interaction.

Takayuki Kanda
Senior research scientist
ATR Intelligent Robotics & Communication Labs.
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Seikacho, Sorakugun, Kyoto, 619-0288, Japan
Tel: +81 774 95 1424
Fax: +81 774 95 1408
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Nathan G. Freier
is an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He
received his Ph.D. in Information Science from the Information School
at the University of Washington.  His research focuses on children's
social and moral interactions with personified technologies, including
graphical avatars and social robots.  One of his questions is how to
use such psychological findings to improve from an ethical standpoint
the design of technology.

Nathan G. Freier
Department of Language, Literature, and Communication
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St., Sage 4508
Troy, NY 12180-3590
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Rachel L. Severson
is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at the University of
Washington.  Her research focuses on children's conceptions of
"other", whether the other is biological (e.g., animal or human) or
computational (e.g., robotic).  One of her questions is whether new
ontological categories are emerging for Homo sapiens that move beyond
long-standing canonical categories (e.g., between animate and

Rachel L. Severson
Department of Psychology
Box 351525
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-1525
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Hiroshi Ishiguro
is Professor in the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems at Osaka
University and Visiting Group Leader at ATR, Japan.  He received his
B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Computer Science from Yamanashi University, Japan
in 1986 and 1988, respectively, and his D.Eng in Systems Engineering
from Osaka University, Japan in 1991.  His research interests include
distributed vision systems, robotics, and android science.

Hiroshi Ishiguro
Department of Adaptive Machine Systems
Osaka University
2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita
Osaka 565-0871 Japan
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