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"Ross Mead (USC)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Ross Mead (USC)
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HRI-2018 Workshop -- Social Robots in the Wild

March 5, 2018 -- Chicago, IL, USA


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- Intent to Submit (optional): January 12, 2018

- Paper Submission Deadline: January 19, 2018 (Anywhere on Earth)

- Acceptance Notifications: February 2, 2018

- Camera-ready Deadline: February 16, 2018

- Workshop: March 5, 2018


- Ross Mead, Semio (formerly, USC)

- Daniel H Grollman, Misty Robotics (formerly, Brown University)

- Cynthia Yeung, SoftBank Robotics America (formerly, UPenn)

- Andrew Stout, Jibo (formerly, UMass Amherst)

- Angelica Lim, Simon Fraser University (formerly, SoftBank Robotics Europe)

- Brad Knox, Dash Robotics / Bots Alive (formerly, MIT)

*** OVERVIEW ***

The objective of this workshop is to bring to light issues surrounding the
practical challenges of deploying social robots “in the wild”.

Affordable, mass-produced, autonomous robots are now being deployed and
interacting with the general public in homes, stores, hotels, and other
facilities around the world. Transitioning these social robots and the
theories they represent from academic research to commercial product is
fraught with practical challenges that must be overcome, and rich in new
discoveries and research directions.

With organizers who straddle the commercial/academic divide, this workshop
will focus on the state of social robots in the wild today by bringing
together leaders in both academic and commercial social robotics to foster
conversation and collaboration. These communities have information to share
with each other to help them improve the research being conducted and the
products being offered. Panels and presentations will discuss lessons
learned as well as highlight what can be expected in the near term. A
hands-on interactive session will showcase cutting-edge technology from the
academic research community, as well as the state-of-the-industry in
mass-consumable social robots today.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Best practices and lessons learned from deploying social robots in the

- Design principles for commercial social robots

- Highly accurate and robust perception of humans and environment for
social robots

- Datasets applicable to HRI in the wild

- Achieving long-term interaction with social robots

- Personalization and memory for social robots

- Software architectures to support long-term interaction and scalability

- Acceptance of social robots in the home and in public spaces

- Training of casual users for use of social robots

- Scalability issues in social robotics deployment

- Developer APIs, platforms and communities for social robotics

- Hardware for robust, affordable social robot deployment and maintenance

- Needed areas of research to support adoption of commercial social robotics


Authors are requested (but not required) to send the following tentative
(i.e., non-binding) information in a plain text e-mail to
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an author list (with affiliations), and (3) a short abstract (approximately
100-150 words). The “intent to submit” is OPTIONAL, but is strongly
encouraged, as it will help the workshop organizers plan for the number and
types of submissions. Authors who DO NOT provide an “intent to submit” are
still invited to submit a paper to the workshop, and will not be reviewed
any differently than authors who do. Authors who DO provide an “intent to
submit” are not bound to any information provided (i.e., any of the
information may change in the actual submission) -- it is simply used for
loose planning purposes, and the organizers thank you for your assistance
in the planning process.


We invite short papers of 2-4 pages (plus additional pages for references
and appendices), including technical reports, case studies, and
state-of-the-art research highlighting its applicability and readiness
level to social robots in the field today. All accepted papers will be
published online on the workshop website.

All papers must be written in English and submitted electronically as a US
letter-sized (8.5” x 11”) PDF format. The workshop review process is single
blind; submissions should NOT be anonymized. Supplementary materials (such
as videos) can be uploaded, or external links to videos and supplementary
material are also allowed in your paper.







- PANELS: Invited panelists will speak to issues facing social robots in
the wild today, including lessons learned and needed developments.
Moderated discussions will encourage collaborative discussion between
academic and commercial participants.

- PRESENTATIONS: Oral presentations of accepted submissions. Presenters are
strongly encouraged to demonstrate their work in the interactive session to
show effectiveness “in the wild”.

- INTERACTIVE SESSION: Participants selected for poster presentations be
given poster space to showcase their work. Demonstrations of robots and/or
software are highly encouraged, with a hands-on component to show
effectiveness “in the wild”.

- NETWORKING: A large part of this effort is to bring together a community
of commercial robotics professionals and researchers, to strengthen old
connections, and build new ones. Ample time will be provided for networking
and informal discussions.


The workshop will feature exciting speakers and panelists from both
academia and industry, including those who have bridged the gap between
both. Stay tuned for announcements on invited speakers!

*** MORE INFO ***

For more information, please visit or
contact the Workshop Submission Chairs, Ross Mead and Angelica Lim, at
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- Ross

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