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Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:02:02 -0800
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We have extended the submission deadline to February 2, 2010!

5th ACM/IEEE 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 tricky.

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


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 collaborations.

Submit your HRI 2010 formatted paper by email to
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Submit full or short papers by: February 2, 2010, 5pm PST
Receive notification of acceptance by: February 9, 2010, 5pm PST
Submit final papers by: February 16, 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 associate 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

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

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