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Call for participation:
Workshop on Interactive Communication for Autonomous Intelligent Robots (ICAIR)

Important notice

Since the early registration deadline is on March 31 (which coincides with our late submission deadline), we kindly request prospective authors to send us an e-mail stating their intention to submit until March 15.

INTENTION TO SUBMIT: March 15
CAMERA-READY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 19

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 1
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: March 8
CAMERA-READY SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 12
LATE-BREAKING PAPERS: March 31
VIDEO SUBMISSIONS DUE: March 31
WORKSHOP DATE: May 7

Workshop topics


Human-robot interaction is becoming more and more complex through the growing number of abilities, both cognitive and physical, available to today's robots and through their resulting flexibility. At the same time, lay persons should be able to interact with robots in order to pursue the vision of a robot in every home. Though a lot of progress is apparent in the different fields in robotics with regard to learning, autonomous behaviours, safe navigation, and manipulation, the interface with the human user is quite often rather neglected. Many studies have been conducted unveiling the importance of properly designed adaptive human-robot interaction strategies and appropriate feedback, in particular. With interaction becoming more complex it is equally becoming more important to move beyond command style interfaces and equip robots with abilities to actually express and verbalise what they are doing, what their current problems might be and how they see the world. These interactive abilities have been shown to facilitate more effective and efficient interaction with humans using mostly natural modalities, but also robot-specific ones, such as visualisation techniques.

Workshop target audience


This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from disciplines such as linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, and robotics and tackle the interdisciplinary endeavour of verbalisation, articulation, and presentation of what a robot thinks, does, and wants.

This includes people building interactive robotic systems; people developing approaches to human-robot interaction; and people studying the impact and role of feedback and verbalisation on learning and interaction.

Topics are gathered around these central goals and reach into aspects of user studies, speech processing, and interactive robotics. The participants are expected to discuss new ideas and identify cross-cutting research challenges.

Two inspiring keynote presentations, by Britta Wrede (Bielefeld University) and Kolja Kühnlenz (Technical University Munich) are intended to provide a broader view on the subject with a focus on why robots need to express their internal processing, assumptions, and expectation in an intuitively comprehensible way.

Submission format

The workshop invites submissions describing original work, either completed or still in progress, related to interactive communication for autonomous intelligent robots.

A selection of papers accepted for presentation at the workshop will be invited for a special issue in the Springer International Journal of Social Robotics.

  • Full papers (up to 6 pages): to provide an in-depth view into state-of-the-art solutions on verbalization and multimodal articulation of such processing.
  • Short position papers (up to 3 pages): possibility to report on ongoing research issues and novel results.
  • Video submissions (incl a 1-2 pages extended abstract) featuring interactive robots are also encouraged.

The format for each submission follows the general ICRA format, e.g., they must use the ICRA LaTeX style-files.

Submissions should be sent as PDF file to the following address:

icair-wsh@dfki.de

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • flexibly generating natural language from a robot's knowledge base
  • context-aware processing of spoken user input
  • verbal and non-verbal articulation and presentation of robot's processing in human-robot dialogues
  • situated dialogue: conducting dialogues about shared visual scenes and large-scale environments
  • techniques on presentation of its expectations, beliefs, and goals to human interaction partners
  • feedback models and flexible dialogue strategies
  • interactively learning robots: articulation of knowledge
  • affective computing in feedback and presentation
  • mixed-initiative in task-related human-robot interaction
Every submission should address one or more of the above-mentioned core issue.

Camera-ready versions of accepted papers will be included in online proceedings of the workshop, which will be made available for download from the workshop website.

A selection of papers accepted for presentation at the workshop (regular submissions and late-breaking submissions) will be invited for a special issue in the Springer International Journal of Social Robotics.