[robotics-worldwide] REMINDER: International Journal of Social Robotics - Special Issue on "Measuring Human-Robot Interaction" : Call for Papers

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[robotics-worldwide] REMINDER: International Journal of Social Robotics - Special Issue on "Measuring Human-Robot Interaction" : Call for Papers

Luca Brayda
REMINDER: Call for papers
International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO), Springer
Special Issue on:
Measuring Human-Robot Interaction

Guest Editors: Luca Brayda and Ryad Chellali (Istituto Italiano di  
Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy)
Contact: [hidden email]

Please download the CfP at:  http://www.iit.it/soro

Important dates:

     Submission of Manuscripts (deadline):......01-Jul-11
     Notification of Acceptance:................15-Sep-11
     Submission of Final Paper:.................15-Nov-11
     Final Acceptance:..........................15-Jan-12


Human-robot interaction is an important research area and essential
for eventual seamless human-robot cohabitation. Human-human
interaction and communication has a vast literature base that
continues to be expanded by linguists, communication scientists,
psychologists, and neuroscientists among others. Topics being studied
in this domain include empathy, mirror neurons and theory of mind. A
fundamental question is whether the same, or similar, human-human
interaction mechanisms also drive human-robot interactions, an issue
which is especially relevant for the field of social robotics.
Although the controllable, measurable, and observable nature of robots
provides researchers with an effectively infinite set of experimental
conditions, the field of human-robot interaction is nevertheless
constrained by a shortage of objective measurement methods for
evaluating the nature and quality of communication among the elements
of such systems.

Understanding the behavioural mechanisms of users of robots and of
artificial agents can be beneficial for several other research topics
including modeling and predicting attention, workload, boredom, and
stress levels.
Other applications include pilot and vehicle drivers interfaces, tele-
robot users, tele-surgeons, tele-touch technology, assistive robotic
technology, assessment of robot companions and robotherapy, of
prosthetic robotic technologies, robot design rules, multi-modal
health monitoring systems, and service robotics.

Current approaches to evaluative recording include such overt measures
as gestures, facial expressions, verbal speech, eye gaze, body
language, impulsive movements, as well as such autonomic responses as
breathing patterns, body temperature, galvanic skin response, and
heart rate. An arguably more difficult challenge involves inferring
more covert affective states, encompassing emotional reactions and non-
verbal messages. A higher objective, of course, is to transcend the
many often isolated data gathering efforts and combine the various
approaches through classification and interpretation, using the tools
of (for example) neuroscience, psychology, signal processing, system
identification and modelling, and affective computing. Our ultimate
goal is to establish a set of objective (preferably non-intrusive)
metrics, based on behavioural and biological data, which provide
insight into human physical, emotional and cognitive states in the
human-robot interaction loop. It is anticipated that such metrics will
be valuable as a preferably quantitative, but possibly also
qualitative, way of concurrently advancing our knowledge base of both
human-robot and human-human interactions.

The International Journal of Social Robotics (SORO) invites
researchers working in the academy or industry to submit papers to
this Special Issue.

Topics (solicited include, but not limited to):

- Objective measurements of efficiency, cognitive load and attention.
- Unimodal evaluation of human interaction with robots and artificial
agents via optical (expressions, gestures, gaze), electrical (EEG,
EOG, ECG, EMG, GSR, HR), auditory (verbal and non verbal speech)
signal analysis.
- Multimodal evaluation of human interaction with robots and
artificial/virtual agents
- Multimodal interaction, sensory fusion, sensory substitution and
- Tele-touch and touch-based interaction with robots
- Measuring human entrainment with robots
- Speech recognition and synthesis
- Emotion recognition and synthesis
- Gesture recognition and synthesis
- Brain Computer Interfaces
- Augmented Cognition
- Measuring robot appearance, acceptance, expectation and the Uncanny
- Evaluation of robotherapy, rehabilitation and assistive technologies

Authors who intend to submit a manuscript are encouraged to contact as
soon as possible both guest editors:
[hidden email] , [hidden email]
in order to ensure that the planned submission falls within the aims
and scope of the special issue.

For more information and updates, please visit:

Submission On-Line:
SORO considers also accompanying multimedia material.

Description of the Journal, Aims and Scope, Authors' information:

Please submit the journal manuscripts by 01 July 2011.

The Editorial Board is committed to speedy review, fast publication,
and high scientific impact.


Luca Brayda, PhD

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Via Morego, 30 16163 Genova
t: + 39 010 71781527
f: + 39 010 71781234

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