5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on
HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION 2010
Interaction Science Perspective on HRI: Designing Robot Morphology
March 2, Osaka (Japan)
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
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
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.
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 (http://www.robot.uji.es
Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain, <[log in to unmask]>, http://www3.uji.es/~pobil/
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 (http://www.psu.edu/dept/medialab
College of Communications, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
<[log in to unmask]>, http://comm.psu.edu/people/sss12
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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