[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Extended deadline CfP– RO-MAN 2018 Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction, August 30, Tai’an, China

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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Extended deadline CfP– RO-MAN 2018 Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction, August 30, Tai’an, China

b.r.schadenberg
Extended Deadline CfP to RO-MAN 2018: 4th Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction -
Methods for Development and Evaluation of Child-Robot Interaction for Children with Special Needs
Location: 30 August 2018, Tai’An, China

Website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__childrobotinteraction.org_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=O2GweS6sBrM-bXWiEjY8aaBS7W_fIPZdMAVCKiQZVHE&s=qUUjTw6ezDCY3z85WedIzgTrIQTc3r2hfbrF8BYydA4&e=
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Please send your paper through the following submission link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Dwscri2018&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=O2GweS6sBrM-bXWiEjY8aaBS7W_fIPZdMAVCKiQZVHE&s=5X351BsFEGRQOrKc6H2nGkI1zYJysTB0RHGnqDMDHPY&e=

-----------IMPORTANT DATES
July 8th, 2018: Paper submission deadline (extended)
July 13th 2018: Notification of acceptance
July 25th 2018: Final version due
Aug 30th 2018: Workshop in Tai’an, China

-----------ABSTRACT
In the recent decades, socially assistive robots (SAR) have shown to be a promising technology for serving as tools for children with special needs, their family, and the healthcare professionals who attend to these children. Research over the past decades has demonstrated that SAR can be beneficial to children with various physical or mental conditions, such as autism spectrum condition, speech and language impairments, diabetes, or cancer. In those studies, SAR have served as companions, therapeutic play partners, coaches, or as tools that can aid healthcare professionals in diagnosis by providing standardized social stimuli.

Despite showing great promise, SAR are not (yet) considered an evidence-based practice. Studies will need to show the utility of SAR to the users, involve key stakeholders in the design of the SAR, and enable SAR interventions to be incorporated into existing practices. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of such studies, it is difficult to find an appropriate methodology and successfully apply it to the field of child-robot interaction. Researchers may not be aware of methodologies used in other field, be able to apply them, or cannot use certain methodologies due to practical constraints such as not having access to the required number of participants or dealing with factors related to conducting research in uncontrolled environments. Dealing with these methodological challenging will be essential for the field to move forward.

With this workshop we aim at bringing together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to discuss current methodological challenges for conducting studies with children with special needs.
Questions that we would like to address include but are not limited to:
- what are (new) methodologies that we can use, and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- what are reliable metrics for evaluating child-robot interaction for children with special needs,
- what are best practices/guidelines for conducting studies with children with special needs,
- how can we include the children with special needs themselves in the development process.
The outcome of the workshop will be made available on the workshop website. Furthermore, depending on the number of submission and interest, we consider organising a special issue on this topic.

-----------SUBMISSION
We encourage submissions (extended abstract/position papers) from 2 up to 4 pages (A4) including references. The submissions should conform to the RO-MAN18 guidelines (links: Word<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ras.papercept.net_conferences_support_word.php&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=O2GweS6sBrM-bXWiEjY8aaBS7W_fIPZdMAVCKiQZVHE&s=OAJZVpQEp5Q8ESPs1XDCNTKCok63RMYH6lSRMPglA8c&e=>, LaTeX<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ras.papercept.net_conferences_support_tex.php&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=O2GweS6sBrM-bXWiEjY8aaBS7W_fIPZdMAVCKiQZVHE&s=HqJLTu49XDGqEJ8O_dDorhD5fszXEp1OGM9_a9oyU9Y&e=>).

Please send your paper through the following submission link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_conferences_-3Fconf-3Dwscri2018&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=O2GweS6sBrM-bXWiEjY8aaBS7W_fIPZdMAVCKiQZVHE&s=5X351BsFEGRQOrKc6H2nGkI1zYJysTB0RHGnqDMDHPY&e=
Submissions will be selected on the relevance of the contribution in regard to the potential to generate interesting discussions at the workshop. Each submission will receive two reviews. Extended abstracts and position papers will be presented at the workshop as posters and/or talks, depending on the time available. The poster session will be a joint session with the related track “Common Challenges of Robot Based Autism Therapy<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__robotbasedautismtherapy.wordpress.com_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=O2GweS6sBrM-bXWiEjY8aaBS7W_fIPZdMAVCKiQZVHE&s=ZlvPpltsdG75AL93eWc_wabQvGwmPssNJ_PAcBOdfUw&e=>”.

Papers and discussion outcomes will be made accessible online on the workshop website. We envision our website as an open access and growing resource for researchers of CRI. Possibilities for publication will be discussed at the workshop.

-----------TARGET AUDIENCE AND TOPICS
Researchers, practitioners, and professionals from Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design and Children, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Technology, Cognitive Psychology and other disciplines are welcome.

Topics include but are not limited to:
- Evaluation studies that exemplify a certain method.
- Methods for involving children with special needs in the design process.
- Tools or toolkits to evaluate child-robot interaction for children with special needs.
- Best practices.
- Accounting for cultural differences between children with special needs.
- Accounting for heterogeneity between children with special needs.
- Ethical considerations related to methods for children with special needs.
- Qualitative or quantitative measures.
- Long-term evaluations of child-robot interaction for children with special needs.
- Evaluating robotic behaviours designed for children with special needs.
- Challenges related to child-robot interaction studies in uncontrolled environments for children with special needs.

-----------SCHEDULE
The workshop schedule comprises invited talks, a panel discussion of experts, poster session for the paper and a breakout session.
Invited speakers: t.b.d
Panelists: t.b.d.

-----------ORGANIZERS
· Bob Schadenberg, University of Twente
· Franziska Kirstein, Blue Ocean Robotics
· Abolfazl Zaraki, University of Hertfordshire
· Jamy Li, University of Twente
· Ben Robins, University of Hertfordshire
· Mark Neerincx, Delft University of Technology
· Vanessa Evers, University of Twente

In addition to the organisers of this workshop, the organising committee for this edition consists of Cristina Zaga, Pauline Chevalier, Vicky Charisi, Mamoun Gharbi, Diana Trifon.


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