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HRI 2019 Workshop on  Expressivity for Sustained Human-Robot Interaction
9:00 AM09:00

HRI 2019 Workshop on Expressivity for Sustained Human-Robot Interaction

Expressivity is a core component of human social Interactions. With the use of multiple, non-verbal, modalities to convey or augment the communication of internal states and intentions humans achieve sustained, meaningful and effective social interactions.

With the advent of social robotics, studying expressivity in contexts of artificial agents has become a highly relevant topic, leading to explicit considerations of how robots can leverage these abilities in sustained and repeated social interactions.

This workshop provides a unique and timely forum for scientists, designers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to come together and advance the state of the art in developing expressive robots for long-term interaction.

Research on this is diverse, and covers aspects such as animation, robot design, mechanics, as well as cognitive science, developmental psychology, and cross-cultural studies with robots.

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Consortium Exhibition Booth at IROS
to Oct 5

Consortium Exhibition Booth at IROS

  • Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid (map)
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The 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) is the flagship conference in the field of robotics and the biggest international event for researchers, companies and end-users. It will be held in Madrid, Spain, during October 1-5, 2018. The conference venue is the modern Madrid Municipal Conference Centre, conveniently located in the Campo de Las Naciones business area.

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Seville Workshop
to Sep 29

Seville Workshop

  • Pablo de Olavide University (map)
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Seville Workshop

First consortium workshop to be held in the sidelines of IROS 2018. In this meeting, the group will discussions about information dissemination, planning, etc.

Location: Sala de Grados, CEI-Cambio, Universidad Pablo de Olavide.


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ICRA 2018 Workshop
8:30 AM08:30

ICRA 2018 Workshop

  • The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Venue (map)
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The vision of the personal robot has generally been shaped by human perceptions of robots through media and animation. The movie industry has produced animated robot movies for generation across genres with great successes while the advancement in AI is narrowing the gap between fiction and reality.

To animate, and the related words, animation, animated and animator all derive from the Latin verb, animare, which means ‘to give life to'. In the context of robotics, this involves the design and programming of attributes in order to create the illusion of life. Anthropomorphism, the suspension of disbelief, aesthetics, observation, storytelling, performance, articulation of personality through movement and gesture, and the physiological and psychological nature of character are all aspects of animation that animators deal with on a daily basis.  In the meantime,  researchers have been working relentlessly in the pursuit of bringing human-like capabilities to machines through AI.

In this workshop we would like to explore the principals and practice of animators drawing in from their experience that delivered us robot characters we come to love and adore. Their skills together with the techniques of robotics can contribute immensely in giving ‘the illusion of life’ to personal robots and assist in enhancing human-robot interaction experience.

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Humanoids 2017
to Nov 17

Humanoids 2017

Creating Meaning With Robot Assistants: The Gap Left by Smart Devices

An Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA) such as a smartphone or that tiny smart device that sits on the table reacting to voice command is a basic form of a shared activity between human and an agent. The very warm reception of IPAs into the household is a clear manifestation of human’s interest in collaborating with a digital companion on a shared activity, even with such limited functionality.

The phenomenal success of IPAs shows potential for robot assistants. After all, people have long desired for robot assistants even when the technology was not ready yet. Robots, with their ability to interact with the physical world, have more capabilities than IPAs, thus they can push further the value of a shared activity. However, when it comes to robot assistants, human expectation sets the bar high. Designing them merely as extension to IPAs requires a well-considered adaptation of their physical appearance, e.g., human-like form factor and their cognitive capabilities not to raise expectations from the user which cannot be met. On the other hand, treating the role of the robot assistant like any specialized service robot with interaction-limited personality (e.g. Roomba) puts it in the same category as our appliances. Robot assistants copying the mobility-limited focus of IPAs would be a waste of the emotional potential provided by their agility. Of equal importance as the objective completion of shared activity, robot assistants should enhance meaningful cooperation. For humans to embrace robot assistants, in a household crowded by smart devices and service robots, robot assistants need to at least meet human expectations.

This multidisciplinary workshop will gather researchers, engineers and designers on the crossroad of finding a niche for robot assistants to be relevant. In particular, we want to discuss the design of robot assistants that deliver more added values or features in its assistive task, cultivating trust and comfort that ultimately increases human appreciation of the robot assistant as both engage in a shared activity. Paper contributions with either experimental or theoretical focus are welcome. Moreover, preliminary results and experiments or applications with compelling use cases in the realm of robot assistants are encouraged.

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