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We are an NSF-supported team that is designing Quori, a modular robot
platform to facilitate HRI research. We are organizing a AAAI Spring
Symposium to gather input from the community to inform the hardware and
software design of Quori. As the project progresses, we will be giving away
some of these robots as part of a prototype beta program. Please submit to
and attend the symposium to get involved.



EXTENDED DEADLINE: Friday, January 8, 2015

AAAI 2016 Spring Symposium on “Enabling Computing Research in Socially
Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction: A Community-Driven Modular Research


EVENT: AAAI 2016 Spring Symposia

LOCATION: Palo Alto, California, USA


 * Submission deadline: Friday, January 8, 2016

 * Survey deadline: Friday, January 8, 2016

 * Notification: Friday, January 15, 2016

 * Camera-ready deadline: Friday, January 22, 2016

 * Workshop: Saturday, March 21, 2016 to Monday, March 23, 2016


The goal of this symposium is to kick-off the process of community-informed
design and development of Quori, a low-cost robot hardware and software
platform to enable computing research in HRI. Quori is being developed by
the symposium organizers through NSF support. The hardware design will
involve advances in user-centric, affordable design, safety, modularity,
generality, and system integration. The software design will involve novel
general algorithms and open source robust code bases that enable the
hardware platform to operate “out of the box” with a set of socially
intelligent behavior primitives enabling computing researchers to focus on
their areas of interest without having to develop low-level robot control
algorithms and code.

The symposium will present initial hardware design ideas and plans for
Quori, along with exploratory exercises to inform the development of
proposed software systems to better meet the needs of the research
community. Our “design by quorum” approach is combined with modular
hardware and extensible software that centers on creating a standard
platform vetted by the community and builds on recent technologies to
minimize cost without sacrificing performance. These topics will be
discussed through a mix of presentations, posters, invited talks, plenary
sessions, and breakouts, to maximize participant interaction. Therefore,
advances made through the discussion at the symposium will serve to push
the field forward, thereby impacting the computing community at large,
including AI and robotics.


The symposium invites submissions describing opinions and original work,
either completed or still in progress, related to one or more of the

 * Recognition and generation of fundamental robot social behaviors, such
as spacing (i.e., where to be), eye gaze (i.e., where to look), natural
language (i.e., what to say), body language (i.e., how to act), and timing
(i.e., when to act), among others

 * Human-machine dialog/interaction management, decision-making, and

 * Computational models of social dynamics and interaction patterns in
human-robot interactions

 * Mapping, localization, path-planning, and navigation in human

 * Context/situational awareness and scene understanding in human-robot
social interactions

 * Online adaptation to human social behavior and interaction contexts

 * Long-term learning of human behaviors, preferences, and needs

 * Software architectures, tools, and systems for facilitating human-robot

 * Sensor, mechanical, and computational hardware for enabling human-robot

 * Ethics in the design of social robot hardware and software


Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to fill the survey (see below)
and submit to EasyChair any of the following:

 * Full paper (6-8 pages, PDF file)

 * Position paper (2-4 pages, PDF file)

 * Demo video (1-3 minutes, common file formats, e.g., AVI, MP4, etc.)
including an extended abstract (1-2 pages, PDF file)

Submitted papers and abstracts should conform to the AAAI publication
format; for templates and examples, follow this link:


To inform the discussion topics of the symposium, as well as receive
shaping input from the community, participation in the Symposium will
include completing a survey (anonymous or not, as preferred). The survey
can be found until Friday, January 8, 2016 at:

In general, the organizing committee will be engaging the computing
community at large periodically through surveys to elicit input and
feedback on the proposed software and hardware systems being developed for
the robot platform.


 * Maja Mataric (University of Southern California)

 * Mark Yim (University of Pennsylvania)

 * Ross Mead (University of Southern California)

CONTACT (please email to all three of us together about any workshop

 * Maja Mataric ([log in to unmask])

 * Mark Yim ([log in to unmask])

 * Ross Mead ([log in to unmask])

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