[Comp-neuro] CFP: HRI 2015 Workshop on “Cognition: A Bridge between Robotics and Interaction”

Yukie Nagai yukie at ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp
Wed Jan 14 11:58:39 CET 2015

Workshop “Cognition: A Bridge between Robotics and Interaction”, at HRI 2015, Portland (OR) USA
March 2, 2015
Submission deadline: January 20, 2015
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2015
website: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~kl360/HRI2015W/


- Prof. David Vernon, Sk?vde University
- Prof. Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington


- Prof. Giulio Sandini, Italian Institute of Technology
- Prof. Minoru Asada, Osaka University

A key feature of humans is the ability to anticipate what other agents are going to do and to plan accordingly a collaborative action. This skill, derived from being able to entertain models of other agents, allows for the compensation for intrinsic delays
of human motor control and is a primary support to allow for efficient and fluid interaction. Moreover, the awareness that other humans are cognitive agents who combine sensory perception with internal models of the environment and others, enables easier 
mutual understanding and coordination.
Cognition represents therefore an ideal link between different disciplines, as the field of Robotics and that of Interaction studies, performed by neuroscientists and psychologists. From a robotics perspective, the study of cognition is aimed at implementi
ng cognitive architectures leading to efficient interaction with the environment and other agents. From the perspective of the human disciplines, robots could represent an ideal stimulus to study which are the fundamental robot properties necessary to make
it perceived as a cognitive agent, enabling natural human-robot interaction. Ideally, the implementation of cognitive architectures may raise new interesting questions for psychologists, and the behavioral and neuroscientific results of the human-robot in
teraction studies could validate or give new inputs for robotics engineers.
The aim of this workshop will be to provide a venue for researchers of different disciplines to discuss the possible points of contact and to highlight the issues and the advantages of bridging different fields for the study of cognition for interaction. T
his workshop will represent an ideal continuation of the discussion began at HRI 2014, in the workshop “HRI: a bridge between Robotics and Neuroscience” (http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~kl360/HRI2014W/index.html).


- Cognitive Architecture
- Development of Social Cognition
- Interaction
- Prediction
- Embodiment
- Self and Other


The workshop will consist of invited keynotes, time for discussions and will also feature a poster session.
Prospective participants are invited to submit full papers (up to 8 pages) or short papers (2 pages). Submissions will be accepted in PDF format only, using the HRI formatting guidelines (http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~kl360/HRI2015W/papers.html) and including 
author names. Authors should send their papers to hri2015workshop at gmail.com . All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Upon available time, selected contributions may have the opportunity to be presented in the oral session. The other selected contributions 
will be presented as posters during a dedicated session.

The submission must include 1 answer to one of the following questions:

-  How should cognitive research be structured to yield results useful for robotics and HRI?
-  How can robotics have a direct influence on neuroscience and cognitive psychology aimed at interaction studies?
-  Which is the minimal level of cognition needed in a robot to be able to interact with a human?
-  Does a robot really need cognition to be perceived as a cognitive agent by a human?
-  Does inserting a cognitive agent into an interaction pose a risk to the human partners?
-  How important is the embodiment of a robot for the development of its cognitive architecture and its social cognition?

Upon available time, those questions/answers will be used to "drive" a final discussion.


Submission deadline: January 20, 2015
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2015
Workshop at HRI 2015: March 2, 2015


- Alessandra Sciutti
 Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
- Katrin Solveig Lohan
 Heriot-Watt University
- Yukie Nagai
 Osaka University

Yukie Nagai, Ph.D.
Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Osaka University
Visiting Researcher, Bielefeld University
yukie at ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp

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