Tutorials & Workshops

Workshop sessions will take place on Sunday March 6th in Building BC (map). Registration opens at 8:30.


Brain mediated Human-Robot interaction

Jose del R. Millan, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
E-mail: jose.millan {at} epfl.ch

Ricardo Chavarriaga, (Contact Organizer), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
E-mail: ricardo.chavarriaga {at} epfl.ch

The use of brain-generated signals for human-robot interaction has gained increasing attention in the last years. Indeed brain-controlled robots can potentially be employed to substitute motor capabilities (e.g. brain-controlled prosthetics for amputees or patients with spinal cord injuries); to help in the restoration of such functions (e.g. as a tool for stroke rehabilitation) as well as non-clinical applications like telepresence or entertainment. This half-day tutorial gives an introduction to the field of brain-computer interfaces and presents several design principles required to successfully employ them for robot control. [More information]

Location: Building BC, room BC02

Times: Start: 9:00 am
Morning Break: 11:00am-11:30am
End: 1:00 pm


Robots with Children: Practices for Human-Robot Symbiosis

Naomi Miyake, University of Tokyo, Japan
E-mail: nmiyake {at} p.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University, Japan
E-mail : ishiguro {at} sys.es.osaka-u.ac.jp

Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
E-mail: K.Dautenhahn {at} herts.ac.uk

Tatsuya Nomura, (Contact Organizer), Ryukoku University, Japan
E-mail: nomura {at} rins.ryukoku.ac.jp

On considering symbiosis of humans and robots, its benefits and risks should be taken into account for persons in weaker positions of the society, in particular, children. On the other hand, several robotics applications have been developed, including education and welfare for children. In this stage, it is important that more researchers from interdisciplinary research fields, including robotics, computer science, psychology, sociology, and pedagogy, share an opportunity to discuss about the potential of “robots with children”. This half-day workshop aims at providing with the forum where researchers from these interdisciplinary fields discuss about how symbiosis of robots and children should and can be realized, from the perspectives of engineering, psychology, education, and welfare. [More information]

Location: Building BC, room BC02

Times: Start: 2:00pm
Afternoon Break: 4:00pm-4:30pm
End: 6:00 pm

Social Robotic Telepresence

Prof. Silvia Coradeschi, Örebro Univeristy, Sweden
E-mail: silvia.coradeschi {at} oru.se

Dr. Amy Loutfi, (Contact Organizer), Örebro University, Sweden
E-mail: amy.loutfi {at} oru.se

Annica Kristoffersson, Örebro University, Sweden
E-mail: annica.kristoffersson {at} oru.se

Dr. Gabriella Cortellessa, ISTC-CNR, Italy
E-mail: gabriella.cortellessa {at} istc.cnr.it

Prof. Kerstin Severinson Eklundh, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.
E-mail: kse {at} csc.kth.se

Robotic telepresence, also known as telerobotics is a subfield of telepresence whose aim is to increase presence via embodiment in a robotic platform. In particular, robotic telepresence can be an effective tool to enhance social interaction suited to certain groups of users such as the elderly. The aim of this workshop is to address various aspects important for social robotic telepresence which include but are not limited to, (1) the mechanical design, (2) the user interface design, (3) the interaction between the remotely embodied person and the locally embodied person and (4) the perception of social robotic telepresence systems. Furthermore, we are interested in discovering the added value of spatial presence in the context of social telepresence and comparisons between robotic and and non-robotic systems are of interest. We welcome contributions concerning results reached from the above mentioned areas of interest, user evaluation and methodologies, as well as reports from the deployment of social robotic solutions into real world contexts. [More information]

Location: Building BC, room BC03

Times: Start: 9:00 am
Morning Break: 11:00am-11:30am
Lunch: 1pm-2pm
Afternoon Break: 4pm-4:30pm
End: 6:00 pm

The role of expectations in intuitive human-robot interaction

Prof. Dr. Verena Hafner, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
E-mail: hafner {at} informatik.hu-berlin.de

Dr. rer. nat. Manja Lohse, (Contact Organizer), Bielefeld University, Germany
E-mail: mlohse {at} techfak.uni-bielefeld.de

Prof. Joachim Meyer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
E-mail: Joachim {at} bgu.ac.il

Prof. Yukie Nagai, Osaka University, Japan
E-mail: yukie {at} ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp

Dr.-Ing. Britta Wrede, Bielefeld University, Germany
E-mail: bwrede {at} techfak.uni-bielefeld.de

Human interaction is highly intuitive: we infer reactions of our opponents mainly from what we have learned in years of experience and often assume that other people have the same knowledge about certain situations, abilities, and expectations as we do. In human- robot interaction (HRI) we cannot take for granted that this is equally true since HRI is asymmetrical. In other words, robots have different abilities, knowledge, and expectations than humans. They need to react appropriately to human expectations and behaviour. With this respect, scientific advances have been made to date for applications in entertainment and service robotics that largely depend on intuitive interaction. However, HRI today is often still unnatural, slow, and unsatisfactory for the human interlocutor. Both the sensorimotor interaction with environment and interlocutor, and the social aspects of the interaction still need to be researched and improved. Therefore, this full-day workshop aims to bring together researchers from different scientific fields to discuss these crosscutting issues and to exchange views on what are the preconditions and principles of intuitive interaction. [More information]

Location: Building BC, room BC01

Times: Start: 9:00 am
Morning Break: 11:00am-11:30am
Lunch: 1pm-2pm
Afternoon Break: 4pm-4:30pm
End: 6:00 pm

HRI Pioneers Workshop 2011

Thomas Kollar, (Contact Organizer), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Astrid Weiss, PhD University of Salzburg, Austria

Jason Monast, University of Denver, USA

Anja Austermann, PhD SOKENDAI, Japan

David Lu, Washington University of Saint Louis, USA

Mitesh Patel, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Elena Gribovskaya, EPFL, Switzerland

Chandan Datta, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Richard Kelley, University of Nevada, USA

Hirotaka Osawa, PhD Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan

Lanny Lin Brigham, Young University, USA

The field of human-robot interaction is new but growing rapidly. While there are now several established researchers in the field, many of the current human-robotic interaction practitioners are students or recently graduated. This workshop, to be held in conjunction with the HRI 2011 conference, aims to bring together this group of researchers to present their current research to an audience of their peers in a setting that is less formal and more interactive than the main HRI conference; to talk about the important issues in their field; and to hear about what their colleagues are doing. Participants are encouraged to actively engage and form relationships with others by discussing fundamental topics in HRI and by engaging in hands-on group activities. [More information]

Location: Building BC, room BC04 * Please note the room change.

Times: Start: 9:00 am
Morning Break: 11:00am-11:30am
Lunch: 1pm-2pm
Afternoon Break: 4pm-4:30pm
End: 6:00 pm

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