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Note extended deadline for papers for this special issue: 1 September 2006.

IEEE Intelligent Systems
Special Issue on "Interacting with Autonomy"

As physical systems such as robots or smart houses become more 
autonomous, some have speculated that it's only a matter of time before there will be little or no need for user interfaces for these systems. For example, once an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has received waypoints for a mission, it can fly the complete mission without further human intervention.  But such a viewpoint ignores the many reasons why people might need to direct even highly autonomous systems.  Emergencies occur, such as an unexpected thunderstorm cell that would require rerouting the UAV.  Or, serendipitous opportunities might arise, such as interesting video data being streamed from the UAV in real time, resulting in the need to loiter or change waypoints.  These brief examples highlight the fact that dynamic situations will require human supervisors to vary their level of interaction as conditions change. For at least the foreseeable future, people will still need to interact with autonomous systems.

This special issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems solicits previously unpublished research papers on human interaction with autonomous or semiautonomous physical systems such as
    * robots, including ground-based, airborne, space, and underwater robots,
    * smart houses,
    * assistive technologies or companion robots, and
    * entertainment-based systems, including immersive environments.

We're especially interested in papers that report on interaction implementations that have been evaluated with the intended user groups:for example, assistive-technology research including userstudies with physically challenged individuals.  We're also interested in papers presenting validated theoretical constructs that explain or describe observed phenomena of human interaction with autonomous technologies.  A third topic of particular interest is a survey of research concerning human control over variable-autonomy systems, especially if it provides a useful framework for further research.

Other topics of interest are
    * dynamically determining appropriate levels of autonomy,
    * supervising individual or multiple robots,
    * situation awareness,
    * evaluation and/or verification methodologies for autonomy implementation and interaction design,
    * allocation of roles among humans and intelligent systems, and
    * the changing nature of roles based on system type and autonomy level.

Submissions should be 3,000 to 7,500 words (counting a standard figure or table as 200 words) and should follow the magazine's style and presentation guidelines (see
To submit a manuscript, access the IEEE Computer Society Web-based system, Manuscript Central, at

Important Dates
    Submissions due for review: 1 September 2006
    Notification of decision: October 2006

Questions?  Contact Guest Editors:
    Holly Yanco, [log in to unmask]
    Jill Drury, [log in to unmask]

Dr. Jill Drury
Associate Department Head, The MITRE Corporation
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Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
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