Chairs: Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK) Chrystopher L. Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a rapidly developing field which presents novel challenges for researchers in robotics, autonomous systems, and computational intelligence. Due to the embodied nature of interaction involving humans and robots, it is not possible to merely transfer the methods of human-computer interaction (HCI) design to robotics. Robots, that might act as servants or companions to humans in a home environment (e.g. over a number of years), need to be carefully designed to be useful and pleasant to interact with beyond the phase of initial novelty effects.
The design of appropriate social interaction behaviours and methodologies for robots that interact with humans requires interdisciplinary work with psychology, as well as new methodologies for evaluation the evaluation of human-robot interaction. Social spaces, gestures, legibility of behaviour, `robotiquette', appearance and intentionality, represent key challenges. Robots in the home will not be accepted if they are annoying, irritating, or too social inept to be useful. Human-robot interaction design should not be technology-driven, but needs to respect human wholeness, human living spaces and activities, individual preferences. Adaptation of behavior of the robots to humans and learning from them in social interaction are also key challenges.
Submissions Short abstracts (max. 1 page in plain text format), including author affiliation and presentation title, proposing papers for the special session should be sent to the C.L.Nehaniv@herts.ac.uk by 28 January 2005.
All papers will be refereed according to IEEE conference standards and published in the proceedings of IEEE CIRA 2005. Full papers will be due at the end of Februrary.
This special session is supported in part by EU Project COGNIRON and the Adaptive Systems Research Group University of Hertfordshire, U.K.