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"Ross Mead (USC)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Ross Mead (USC)
Tue, 6 Oct 2015 10:31:22 -0700
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*We are an NSF-supported team that is designing a modular robot platform to
facilitate HRI research.  We’d love to have the input of the community to
inform the design.  *
*There are multiple ways: 1) come to the AAAI Spring Symposium (see CPF
below), or at least 2) complete the survey:*



  * Maja Mataric ([log in to unmask])
  * Mark Yim ([log in to unmask])
  * Ross Mead ([log in to unmask])


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, October 9, 2015
  * Survey deadline: Friday, October 16, 2015
  * Notification: Friday, November 6, 2015
  * Camera-ready deadline: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
  * Workshop: Saturday, March 21, 2016 to Monday, March 23, 2016

The goal of this three-day symposium is to kick off the process of
community-informed design and development of an NSF-supported low-cost
hardware and software platform for computing research in human-robot
interaction (HRI).

The symposium will present initial hardware design ideas and plans, along
with exploratory exercises to determine the usability of proposed software
systems as well as the fit of capabilities with the community’s needs. Our
“design by quorum” is combined with modular design that centers on creating
a standard, vetted by the HRI community, that builds on recent technologies
to minimize cost. The symposium will address computing challenges that
bridge AI, human-computer interaction (HCI), service robotics, and other
areas related to HRI. 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 asked 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, October 16, 2015 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.

Ross Mead <>
PhD Candidate <>
Interaction Lab <>
Computer Science Department <>
Viterbi School of Engineering <>
University of Southern California <>
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