Colleagues,

I am writing with an announcement for an upcoming (virtual) workshop at RSS
2020!

Best,
Amy

***** Organizing Committee *****
Naomi Fitter, Oregon State University
Heather Knight, Oregon State University
Amy LaViers, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

***** Keynotes *****
Sydney Skybetter, Brown University
Guy Hoffman, Cornell University

***** Important Dates *****
Submission deadline: April 9, 2020
Notification date: April 30, 2020
Finalized submission deadline: May 8, 2020
Workshop date: July 12, 2020

***** Details *****

Bringing robots to human-facing scenarios poses new challenges for
roboticists; one resource in navigating these challenges is the performing
arts, where experts routinely design meaningful moments through
choreographed, expressive onstage bodies. This lively workshop brings
experts from the performing arts and engineering together to address the
opportunities at this intersection. It will feature selected posters,
performances, and keynotes from esteemed members of each discipline who are
working at this intersection already. This workshop is organized in
parallel with a robot variety show at the Corvallis Majestic Theater on the
evening of July 14, which will feature selected workshop participants. As
part of the workshop, participants will also have the opportunity to
contribute to new performance creations.

Prospective participants should prepare a 1- to 3-page abstract.
Submissions should be related to robots in the performing arts, and will be
scored based on relevance to the workshop theme, novelty, and quality.
Submissions that would like to be considered for live performance at RSS
(in the workshop and/or robot variety show) should include a video (10
minutes maximum length) showcasing the robotic performance itself. Authors
should use the RSS paper format when preparing their manuscripts and submit
manuscripts and video links to [log in to unmask] by 11:59pm PST
on April 30, 2020.

Accepted authors of performances will be expected to present during the
morning of the workshop, and accepted papers will be presented during a
poster session in the afternoon. At least one author of each accepted paper
must attend the workshop.

***** More Info *****

Additional information can be found on the workshop website:
http://publish.illinois.edu/alaviers/rss-2020-workshop/

Amy LaViers
Assistant Professor
Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
radlab.mechse.illinois.edu / www.amylaviers.com

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