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CFP: RO-MAN 2016 Workshop on Long-Term Child-Robot Interaction (Extended


Date: August 31, 2016

Location: Columbia University, New York City.




Submission deadline (extended): May 16, 2016

Acceptance notification (extended): June 13, 2016

Camera-ready deadline (extended): July 4, 2016

Workshop: August 31, 2016



This workshop aims to bring researchers from different disciplines together
to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of conducting
longitudinal and microgenetic research with children and robots. Because of
their potential to assist and entertain children, social robots are
increasingly being developed and studied as educational, therapeutic,
entertainment, and healthcare companions. As these domains require
long-term interactions to achieve desired goals, researchers in the field
are faced with the challenge of developing robust and autonomous robots
capable of interacting with children over weeks, months, or even years.
Such a challenge raises new research problems in the design principles of,
evaluation methods for, and algorithmic approaches to child-robot platforms
and interaction. These problems need to be addressed across the spectrum of
interaction applications and their respective users (e.g., children,
caregivers, therapists). Researchers must also address the security and
algorithmic challenges in working with sensitive child interaction data.

This full-day workshop will include a series of keynotes, a panel,
lightning talks, and poster sessions.  After the workshop, the
contributions will be compiled into a booklet along with invited speakers’
presentations and discussion summaries, which will be published
electronically at the workshop website.

- Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Design of autonomous systems for long-term child-robot interaction

- Design and methodologies for repeated child-robot encounters

- Theories and methods for evaluating long-term child-robot interaction

- Personalization and adaptation algorithms for long-term interaction

- Long-term data collection and analysis

- Designing for caregivers/therapists and others involved in child

- Challenges and guidelines for long-term child-robot interaction field

- Incorporating theories and methods of child behavioral science into the
design of long-term child-robot interaction

- Impact of robot technology on children's cognitive and social development

- Evaluation of child-robot novelty and engagement

- Autonomy and transparency in long-term interaction

- Multi-party long-term child-robot interaction

- Long-term user engagement with robots

- Effects of embodiment on long-term interaction

- Affect, social bonding, and learning applied to child-robot interaction

- Robots as educational or instructional agents

- Socially assistive robots for children

- Industrial applications in long-term child-robot interaction

- Child-privacy and ethical issues in long-term robot applications



Tony Belpaeme, Plymouth University

Cynthia Breazeal, MIT Media Lab

Fumihide Tanaka, University of Tsukuba

Jill Lehman, Disney Research

Robin Morris, Georgia State University



Contributions should be formatted according to the RO-MAN 2016 paper
guidelines (IEEE format) between 2-4 pages. Papers may cover research that
is in progress or that authors plan to conduct. After the workshop, the
contributions will be compiled into a booklet along with invited speakers’
presentations and discussion summaries, which will be published
electronically at the workshop website.

Submissions should be made through Easy Chair:



Jacqueline M. Kory Westlund (MIT)

Hae Won Park (MIT)

Iolanda Leite (Disney Research)

Chien-Ming Huang (Yale)

James Kennedy (Plymouth University)

Caitlyn Clabaugh (USC)

Elaine Short (USC)

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