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Call for Participation: DESIGNING ROBOTIC ARTEFACTS WITH USER- AND
EXPERIENCE-CENTRED PERSPECTIVES

We would like to invite participants with technical, social science and
design interests to participate in this one day workshop hosted at NordiCHI
<http://www.nordichi2008.org/>, october 19, 2008.


     Workshop overview

The aim of this workshop is to investigate how methods, techniques and
perspectives from the field of HCI could contribute to developments in the
area of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). We are interested in how user- and
experience-centred methods and techniques might be applied and possibly
modified to suit the design and study of robotic systems. Moreover, we hope
for the workshop to examine some of the themes and topics in robotics that
may be of potential importance for HCI. For instance, the physical
embodiment of robotic technology and aspects of autonomy point towards a
range of issues associated with human-machine interaction and, consequently,
interaction design. The workshop, then, will broadly aim to examine the
intersections between HCI and HRI and how the two fields might learn from
one another.


     To participate

We welcome students, researchers and practitioners active in the areas of
HRI and HCI, as well as from related fields with relevant experience of
working with robots, e.g. industrial design, sculpture, and the performing
arts.

   * Application is by position paper no longer than *four pages*,
formatted using the CHI extended abstracts template:

<http://www.chi2008.org/chi2008pubsformat.doc>.

The paper should cover an issue that is relevant to the theme of the
workshop <http://www.sics.se/%7Emajac/workshop/themes.htm>.

   * Deadline for papers is *August 20*, selected participants will be
notified on the 1 September. The date for workshop itself is October 19,
2008.

   * Papers and any questions should be submitted to [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

   * Detailed instructions for how to register will be sent together with
notifications of acceptance.


     Organizers

*Ylva Fernaeus*, has Ph.D in Human-Machine Interaction at Stockholm
University. Has published primarily in the areas of tangible interaction and
design of children¹s technology. Currently Ylva is working at the Swedish
Institute of Computer Science in the EU project LIREC (Living with Robots
and Interactive Companions).

*Mattias Jacobsson* is a Ph.D student and research assistant of the Future
Applications Lab and is interested in Human-Robot Interaction. He has
recently returned from an internship at Ugobe Labs, Idaho, sponsored by the
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Mattias is also the project
manager of the GlowBots project conducted within the European community
sponsored ECAgents project. Today he is working in the EU project LIREC
(Living with Robots and Interactive Companions).

*Sara Ljungblad* is a researcher in the EU project LIREC (Living with Robots
and Interactive Companions). She has a Ph.D in Human-Machine Interaction at
Stockholm University. She has previously arranged a workshop ³Designing
Robot Applications for Everyday Environments² in Göteborg 2005, where
several robot researchers and interaction designers participated. Sara has
also worked on experience-oriented perspectives on agent- and
robot-applications in the ECAgents project, sponsored by The Future and
Emerging Technologies Program of the European Community (IST-1940).

*Alex Taylor* is a member of the Socio-Digital Systems Group at Microsoft
Research, Cambridge (UK). He has undertaken investigations into a range of
routine and often mundane aspects of everyday life. For instance, he's had
an unhealthy preoccupation with hoarding, dirt, clutter and similar
seemingly banal subject matter. Most recently he has begun obsessing over
robots and other curious OEthinking¹ machines....

*For more information:*
http://www.sics.se/~majac/workshop/

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