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Call for participation: The 4th Workshop on Public Space Human-Robot Interaction (PubRob 2018)
MobileHRI: Mobile Human-Robot Interaction

To be held as part of MobileHCI 2018
3 September 2018
Barcelona, Spain

*       16 July 2018, Early registration deadline
*       3 September 2018, Workshop in Barcelona, Spain

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from Human-Robot
Interaction (HRI) and mobile HCI to explore issues of mutual interest and
act as a bridge between the two communities.

The development of robots capable of interacting with humans has made
tremendous progress in the last decade, leading to an expectation that in
the near future, robots will be increasingly deployed in public spaces. In
these settings, robots must often deal with situations that require
socially appropriate human-robot interactions of a specific nature:
interactions that are short and dynamic, and where the robot has to be
able to deal with multiple persons at once. In order to do so, robots
typically require specific skills, including robust video and audio
processing, fast reasoning and decision making mechanisms, and natural and
safe output path planning algorithms. Mobility is also a key requirement
in many of these systems and research in this area shares a number of
challenges with the mobile HCI community, including the development of
systems and infrastructures for mobile devices, and methods for studying
human-robot interactions outside the lab. Issues related to the management
of battery life, dynamically-changing conditions like lighting, and
background noise must also be addressed. As a result, research on public
space robots is often fundamentally different from other work in social
robotics and HRI/HCI, but presents opportunities for cross-fertilisation
between the HRI and mobile HCI communities.

The workshop programme will include a tutorial-style introduction to HRI,
invited talks, lightning talks from workshop participants, and an
opportunity for extended discussion. This workshop is the fifth in a
series of meetings (and the fourth workshop) organised around the theme of
public space human-robot interaction. Details of previous events can be
found on the PubRob website at:


Details of accepted papers are available on the workshop website at

The following invited speakers has confirmed they will participate in the
*       Astrid Weiss, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
*       Francesco Ferro, PAL Robotics, Barcelona, Spain,

Any additional speakers will be announced closer to the workshop date.


Mary Ellen Foster
School of Computing Science
University of Glasgow, UK
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Manuel Giuliani
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England, UK
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Ron Petrick
School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University, UK
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Dr Mary Ellen Foster, Lecturer in Computing Science

[University of Glasgow: The Times Scottish University of the Year 2018]

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