[Comp-neuro] [meetings] CfP Workshop on Naturalistic Non-Verbal and Affective Human-Robot Interactions, IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2019

Nicolás Navarro-Guerrero nicolas.navarro.guerrero at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 10:55:55 CET 2019

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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to cordially invite you to submit a paper to the IEEE
ICDL-EpiRob 2019 Workshop on Naturalistic Non-Verbal and Affective
Human-Robot Interactions.

Call for Contributions and Participation

IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2019 Workshop on Naturalistic Non-Verbal and Affective
Human-Robot Interactions

19th August 2019, Oslo, Norway


Humans continually manifest non-verbal and affective cues and
expressions used to foster cooperation, mutual understanding and signal
trustworthiness. If these cues are not appropriately reciprocated,
however, the interaction can be negatively impacted. Moreover,
inappropriate reciprocation, or lack thereof, may be the result of
misperception and or non-timely reactions. Failure to adequately account
for biologically plausible perceptual and temporal facets of
interactions may detract from the quality of human-robot interaction and
hinder progress in the field of social robotics more generally.

Incorporation of naturalistic and adaptive forms of sensorimotor and
affective human-robot non-verbal communication is challenging because
such interaction is highly dependent on the context and the relationship
between the observer and the expresser. Biological species based
interaction often requires explicit forms of social signalling such as
nodding, nonverbal gestures, emotional expressions, etc., the
interpretation of all of which may be highly context-sensitive.
Furthermore, naturalistic social signalling may involve a certain degree
of mimicry of autonomic responses such as pupil dilation, blinking,
blushing, etc. which, in human-robot interaction requires the
implementation of time-sensitive perceptual mechanisms currently
underused in both commercial and research robotics platforms.

In this workshop, we will investigate and discuss to what extent the
aforementioned naturalistic social signalling capabilities needs to be
accounted for in human-robot interaction and what modalities are more
relevant, and in what contexts. The workshop will focus strongly on
research motivated by naturalistic empirical data. We hope to provide a
discussion friendly environment to connect with research covering
complementary interests in the areas of robotics, computer science,
psychology, neuroscience, affective computing and animal learning research.

The primary list of topics covers the following (but not limited to):
 - Emotion recognition
 - Gesture recognition
 - Social gaze recognition
 - The development of expression and recognition capabilities
 - Joint visual attention and activity
 - Alignment in social interactions
 - Non-verbal cues in human-robot interaction

Invited Speakers
   Stefanie Höhl, University of Vienna, Austria
   Christian Balkenius, Lund University, Sweden
   Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Waterloo, Canada

Important Dates:
   Paper submission deadline: 12th May 2019
   Notification of acceptance: 7th June 2019
   Camera-ready version: 1st August 2019
   Workshop: 19th August 2019

Participants are invited to submit short papers (max. 4 pages) following
the standard IEEE conference template, link at the workshop webpage.
Send your PDF manuscript indicating [ICDL-EPIROB 2019] in the subject
to: nng at ieee.org . Selected contributions will be presented during the

   Nicolás Navarro-Guerrero, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
   Robert Lowe, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Best regards,

Nicolás Navarro-Guerrero
Assistant Professor	
Department of Engineering, and
School of Culture and Society
Aarhus University, Denmark

E-mail: nng at eng.au.dk

Aarhus University
Finlandsgade 22, building 5125
8200 Aarhus N

Tel.: +45 8715 0000
eng at au.dk

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