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Call for Submissions to

HRI 2017: Half-day workshop on

“All for One and One for All”: Systematic Data Collection and Sharing to
Advance Socially Assistive Robots

06 March 2017, Vienna, Austria




Jan 27 2017: Submission deadline

Feb 6 2017: Notification of acceptance

Feb 17 2017: Final version due

Mar 6 2017: Workshop in Vienna, Austria



Over the past decade, socially assistive robots (SARs) have emerged as
promising tools for use in the healthcare domain, with applications for
improving the quality of lives of elderly and people with various physical
and cognitive disabilities. Despite their promise, SARs are still rarely
seen in the real world, serving people in need. One reason for this gap
between academic research and practical therapeutic application could be
that SARs research is still very much concerned with creating and testing
out new systems, rather than developing robust, reliable, and empirically
validated robots with proven therapeutic effects and utility, hence failing
to meet the ultimate goal of deployment in clinical settings.

This aim of this workshop is to to bring together robotics and clinical
researchers to establish a common understanding of issues that are slowing
down clinically meaningful advancement of SARs, and to discuss algorithms,
user-study guidelines and methodologies for data-sharing that can adress
these issues.



We encourage submissions of 2-page extended abstracts or 4-page position
papers. Contributions should be prepared in standard ACM conference format.
Please send submissions in PDF to [log in to unmask] Extended abstracts and
position papers will be presented at the workshop as posters and/or talks,
depending on the time available. Position papers and workshop notes will be
published on the workshop website, and further possibilities for
publication will be discussed at the workshop.



Expected areas of contribution include, but are not limited to:

-- Algorithms that help seamless integration of SARs in clinical setting,
e.g. perception, learning, communication, etc.;

-- User-study guidelines to generate clinically meaningful data from HRI
studies with SARs;

-- Logistics and ethical issues related to data-sharing among SAR/HRI

-- Socio-cultural and other contextual differences affecting data
collection procedures and data sharing.



The workshop will include talks by five confirmed invited speakers: Brian
Scassellati (Yale Univ.), Adriana Tapus (ENSTA Paris Tech), Bram
Vanderborght (Vrije Universitet Brussel), Cristina Costescu (Babes-Bolyai
University), and Dana Kulic (University of Waterloo). Extended abstract and
position paper presentations will follow their talks. We will also hold a
breakout session during which participants will discuss challenges and
possibilities related to the two themes of the workshop.



Momotaz Begum, University of New Hampshire
Selma Šabanović, Indiana University Bloomington

Selma Šabanović, PhD
Associate Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
901 E. 10th Street Rm. 265, Bloomington, IN 47408
office: (812) 856-0386; fax: (812) 856-1995

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