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Ross Mead <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:54:57 -0700
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IROS-2017 Workshop

Human-Robot Interaction in Collaborative Manufacturing Environments

September 24, 2017 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada


* Intent to submit (optional): June 23, 2017

* Full/short paper submission deadline: July 14, 2017 @ 11:59pm PT (UTC-7)

* Acceptance notifications: August 11, 2017

* Camera-ready deadline: September 1, 2017

* Workshop: September 24, 2017


The objective of this workshop is to discuss the design, development, and
deployment of hardware/software systems for the recognition (from humans)
and generation (by the robot) of social behaviors that enable robots to be
more effective co-workers with their human counterparts in real-world
collaborative manufacturing environments. A strong emphasis will be put on
systems that support bidirectional communication between humans and robots
for closed-loop operations in human-robot collaborative scenarios. This
workshop will bring together academic researchers and industry partners to
frame problems and solutions in real-world contexts.


- Multimodal human-robot interaction for collaboration

- Verbal, nonverbal, and co-verbal human-robot interaction for collaboration

- Bidirectional gestural communication (e.g., emblematic, iconic, deictic,

- Human-robot proxemics

- Explicit, implicit, and back-channel feedback cues

- Manufacturing use cases

- Safety standards for collaborative human-robot interaction

- … and more!


- FULL PAPERS (5-6 pages): highlight state-of-the-art research framing
industrial automation as a collaborative HRI problem

- SHORT PAPERS (1-2 pages): outline new or controversial views, or describe
ongoing work in collaborative HRI in manufacturing settings


All papers must be written in English and submitted electronically as a US
letter-sized (8.5” x 11”) PDF format of length no more or less than the
page limit of the corresponding submission type.






Authors are requested to send the following non-binding information in a
plain text e-mail to [log in to unmask]: (1) a title, (2) an
author list (with affiliations and contact info), (3) a short abstract
(approximately 100-150 words), (4) a list of keywords, and (5) the planned
paper category (full or short). 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.


All accepted full and short papers will be presented orally and published
online on the workshop website. Authors will be notified as to whether they
have been assigned a “full-length” or “lightning” presentation slot.
Authors assigned to lightning talks will be invited to participate in a
poster session.


- PRESENTATIONS: Full length and “lightning” oral presentations of accepted
full and short papers. Presenters of lightning research talks will be
invited to participate in a poster session.

- SPEAKERS: Invited talks will give different perspectives on the
intersection of human-robot interaction and industrial automation.
Moderated discussions will allow participants to engage in collaborative
public discussion on controversial topics and issues of interest to the
workshop audience.

- BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Participants will gather into small groups to discuss
topics related to technical, societal, legal, and ethical considerations
for collaborative HRI in manufacturing settings, and present the results of
their discussion to the workshop audience.

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

For more information, please visit or contact the workshop
organizers at [log in to unmask]


- Sara Sheikholeslami, UBC, [log in to unmask]

- Ross Mead, Semio, [log in to unmask]

- Elizabeth Croft, UBC, ​[log in to unmask]

- Florian Krebs, German Aerospace Center (DLR), ​[log in to unmask]

- Manfred Schönheits, German Aerospace Center (DLR),
[log in to unmask]


Ross Mead, PhD

Founder and CEO

Semio <>

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