Workshop

RoMan 2014 Workshop on Interactive Robots for aging and/or impaired people

2014-08-25
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Scope

The RO-MAN 2014 Workshop "Interactive Robots for Ageing and Impaired People” (IRAIP2014) is a workshop held in conjunction with the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot And Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014), in Edinburgh on August 25 2014.

This workshop aims to promote a discussion on the questions related with the acceptance of interactive robots and systems by users with very different characteristics of those normally targeted by companies. It has become clear in the recent years that robots may play an important role as helpers or companions. The first potential customers of these types of robots are impaired or aged people. The role of these robots is already clearly identified, but there are still questions to be answered such as:

- How to develop robots whose interaction mechanisms and behaviors adapt to the person it is interacting with?

- How to develop robots that are accepted by the endusers?

Based on the above this workshop will open the discussion among the participants based on the perspective presented by the speakers. The presentations will range from the user point of view of the interactive robots, to the case studies, passing by the technological support and theoretical principles.

Call for Papers

In this workshop, researchers are invited to present and discuss topics that may include, but are not limited to:

- Robot companions and social robots in home environments;

- Assistive robotics for supporting the elderly or people with special needs;

- Machine learning and adaptation in human?robot interaction;

- Multi?modal situation awareness and spatial cognition;

- Computational architectures for human?robot interaction;

- Detecting and understanding human activity.

We invite contributors to submit short papers with 4 pages maximum, following the template for the conference main track papers. Nevertheless other forms of contributions are welcome also.

Important dates

Contributions will be welcome until 09/05/2014

Submissions must be sent to luis@isr.uc.pt and jquintas@ipn.pt.

Programme

The workshop will be divided in two parts. In the morning, speakers will provide an overview of recent work on the questions related with the acceptance of interactive robots and systems by users with very different characteristics of those normally targeted by companies

In the afternoon, participants will be invited to present their own work and ideas regarding the topics of the workshop.

Invited speakers

Jorge Dias, (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Eleni Christodoulou (University of Geneve, Switzerland)

Markus Dubielzig (Siemens AG, Germany)

Maher Ben Moussa (University of Geneve, Switzerland)

Paulo Alvito (IDMind, Portugal)

Organizers

Paulo Menezes (Institute of Systems and Robotics, Portugal)

João Quintas (Instituto Pedro Nunes, Portugal)

Luís Santos (ISR-UC, Portugal / Citard Services Ltd, Cyprus)

Contacts

Paulo Menezes: pm@deec.uc.pt

João Quintas: jquintas@ipn.pt

Luís Santos: luis@isr.uc.pt