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The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014)
              Tsukuba, Japan, October 29-31, 2014


People are increasingly interacting with computerized agents. Examples
include autonomous and tele-presence robots in homes, healthcare, or
search and rescue, virtual characters in the expanding gaming industry
or for serious games, and agents representing other people through
on-line social and interactive meeting places. Although these broad
areas have their own unique research challenges, there is a clear
commonality to be addressed in the investigation of how people
interact with agents, whether they have physical or virtual
embodiments, or represent remote people or an AI algorithm; this
commonality requires explicit consideration.

The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI
2014) aims to be the premier interdisciplinary venue for discussing
and disseminating state-of-the-art research and results that have
implications across conventional interaction boundaries including
robots, software agents and digitally-mediated human-human
communication. HAI will gather researchers from fields spanning
engineering, computer science, psychology and sociology, and will
cover diverse topics, including: human-robot interaction, affective
computing, computer-supported collaborative work, gaming and serious
games, artificial intelligence, and more.

The theme of this year’s conference is “equations and theories
relating robots, avatars, and virtual characters.”

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,
- design of Human-Agent Interaction, including quantitative and
qualitative results
- theoretical models of Human-Agent Interaction
- impacts of embodiment (e.g., physical vs digital, human vs animal-like)
- experimental methods for Human-Agent Interaction

This includes more targeted results that have implications to the
broader human-agent interaction community:
- human-robot interaction
- human-virtual agent interaction
- interaction with smart homes and smart cars
- distributed groupware where people have remote embodiments and
- and more!

<< Important Dates >>
* Paper Submissions
- Deadlines for Submissions: May 15, 2014
- Paper Length: 4-8 pages, length should match contribution
- Notification of Paper Acceptance: July 1, 2014

* Poster Submissions
- Deadlines for Submissions: July 10, 2014
- Paper Length: 2 pages
- Notification of Poster Acceptance: July 20, 2014

- Camera-ready Copies of all (paper and poster) Accepted Papers: July
31, 2014

- HAI 2014 Conference: October 29-31, 2014

<< Submission and Reviewing >>

HAI 2014 will accept ONLY online submissions of PDF files (no MS Word,
Latex, etc.). Paper submissions should be at least 4 pages but no more
than 8 pages. Similarly, poster submissions should be no more than 2
pages. All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee on
the basis of research originality, excellence, and significance, and
relevance to HAI. We also invite position papers, preliminary (but
high impact) studies, and concept papers.

All papers need to be in the ACM SIGCHI format
(http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform); be sure to leave the
ACM copyright area blank. Please visit the submission page
(http://hai-conference.net/hai2014/submission/) at the HAI 2014 Web
site to prepare and submit your papers.

<< Organizing Committee >>
* General Co-Chairs:
 Hideaki Kuzuoka, University of Tsukuba
 Tetsuo Ono, Hokkaido University

* Program Co-Chairs:
 Michita Imai, Keio University
 James Young, University of Manitoba

* Local Organization Co-Chairs:
 Hirotaka Osawa, University of Tsukuba
 Yugo Hayashi, University of Tsukuba

* Finance Chair:
 Yugo Takeuchi, Shizuoka University

* Poster Chair:
 Kazunori Terada, Gifu University

* Sponsorship Co-Chairs:
 Natsuki Oka, Kyoto Institute of Technology
 Yoshihiko Murakawa, Fujitsu Lab.

* Publicity Chair:
 Daisuke Katagami, Tokyo Polytechnic University

* Publications Chair:
 Kazuki Kobayashi, Shinshu University

* Web Chair:
 Daniel Rea, University of Manitoba

* Design Chair:
 Nagisa Munekata, Hokkaido University

<< Program Committee >>
Christoph Bartneck, Canterbury University
Christian Becker-Asano, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
Andrea Bunt, University of Manitoba
Mauro Dragone, University College Dublin
Daisuke Katagami, Tokyo Polytechnic University
Kheng Lee Koay, University of Hertfordshire
Takanori Komatsu, Meiji University
Shaun Lawson, University of Lincoln UK
Karon MacLean, University of British Columbia
Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Honda Research Institute USA
Natsuki Oka, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Hirotaka Osawa, University of Tsukuba
Daisuke Sakamoto, University of Tokyo
Ehud Sharlin, University of Calgary
JaYoung Sung, Intel-GE Care Innovations

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