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CfP HRI Workshop “The Forgotten in HRI: Incidental Encounters with Robots in Public Spaces”

                HRI Workshop The Forgotten in HRI: Incidental Encounters with Robots in
<br>Public Spaces - Call for Papers
<br>Monday, March 23, 2020
<br>Workshop at the 15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot
<br>Interaction,  on March 23rd 2020 in
<br>Important Dates
<br>January 31, 2020
<br>Submission deadline for workshop papers
<br>February 22, 2020
<br>Notification of acceptance
<br>March 23, 2020
<br>HRI research has predominantly focused on laboratory studies, producing a
<br>fundamental understanding of how humans interact with robots in controlled
<br>settings. As robots transition out of research and development labs into the
<br>real world, HRI research must adapt. We argue that it should widen its scope
<br>to explicitly include people who do not deliberately seek an interaction with
<br>a robot (users) but find themselves in coincidental presence with robots. We
<br>refer to this often-forgotten group as InCoPs (incidentally copresent
<br>persons). In this one-day workshop, we aim to explore studies, design
<br>approaches, and methodologies for testing robots in real-world environments,
<br>considering both users and InCoPs. The first part of the workshop will consist
<br>of invited talks addressing the subject from different angles, followed by
<br>plenary discussions. Building upon this common basis, participants will then
<br>work in small groups to explore (a) human behavior found in empirical studies,
<br>(b) robot and interaction design and (c) methodology, respectively. This group
<br>phase in the second half of the day will focus on the exemplary scenario of
<br>delivery robots in urban environments. At the end, key aspects across all
<br>three topics will be identified and discussed to map out research needs and
<br>desirable next steps in the field.
<br>Workshop Format and Schedule
<br>The first part of this full-day workshop will include of invited talks as well
<br>as 10 minute presentations based on submitted papers with 5 minutes of
<br>Invited speakers:
<br>  *   Dr. Astrid Weiss, Technical University Vienna: "Bystanders as informants
<br>for HRI in public space"
<br>  *   Dr. Dylan James Moore, Stanford University: "The Design of Implicit
<br>Pedestrian-Autonomous Vehicle Interactions".
<br>In the second part of the workshop, a delivery robot will be introduced by the
<br>workshop hosts via a brief video as a common example for the work phase.
<br>Groups of up to 10 people will focus on the following topics:
<br>  1.  Human behavior  What types of behaviors have been observed or are to be
<br>expected from InCoPs when encountering a robot?
<br>  2.  Design  How to design for InCoPs? How is it different from designing
<br>for a user?
<br>  3.  Methodology  How to study the behavior and experience of InCoPs in the
<br>real world?
<br>Accompanied by a moderator from the team of workshop organizers, participants
<br>will share and discuss ideas and lessons learned from their own background.
<br>Beyond the exchange of experiences, each group will include societal and
<br>ethical issues as well as what they consider needs for action. The workshop
<br>will conclude with each group presenting their ideas developed in the work
<br>phase and discussing them in plenary.
<br>Targeted Audience
<br>We invite participants from all fields in HRI who are concerned with bringing
<br>robots into the real world. We would like to represent the diversity of fields
<br>in HRI in our workshop to gather innovative ideas and have fruitful
<br>discussions. However, we will especially focus on scenarios of coincidental
<br>human-robot encounters in the wild and welcome participants designing for and
<br>studying these encounters.
<br>Submissions can range from technical navigation and control topics that
<br>explicitly considered InCoPs over designing robots and their interaction with
<br>humans, psychological theories and empirical field studies of robots, to
<br>ethical and societal issues with robots in wild. We welcome theoretical papers
<br>and position papers as well as empirical studies and design and development
<br>concepts of 4 pages maximum in PDF format following the proceeding
<br>specifications of LBRs to Astrid Rosenthal-von der
<br>Ptten until January 31, 2020.
<br>Submissions will be peer-reviewed by February 22nd and accepted authors will
<br>be asked to give a 10 minute presentation.
<br>The following topics are exemplary:
<br>  1.  Human behavior, e.g., verbal and nonverbal behavior (e.g. to negotiate
<br>the right of way), explorative behavior, robot abuse or robot bullying,
<br>attempted thefts, etc.
<br>  2.  Design, e.g., approaches to approximating the very diverse group of
<br>InCoPs, approaches to testing and validating robot design in the wild, etc.
<br>  3.  Methodology, e.g., the role of field studies and exploratory studies,
<br>the use of qualitative data and mixed methods; potentials and limits of covert
<br>observation studies, etc.
<br>Astrid Rosenthal-von der Ptten, Chair Individual and Technology at RWTH
<br>Aachen University.
<br>Laura Platte, Chair Individual and Technology at RWTH Aachen University.
<br>Anna M. H. Abrams, Chair Individual and Technology at RWTH Aachen University.
<br>David Sirkin, Director for Interaction Design at Stanford University's Center
<br>for Design Research
<br>Kind regards,
<br>Astrid Rosenthal-von der Ptten
<br>Prof. Dr. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Ptten
<br>Chair Individual and Technology
<br>Human Technology Center
<br>RWTH Aachen University
<br>Theaterplatz 14, Room 228
<br>52062 Aachen, Germany
<br>Office phone: +49 (0) 241-80-25521
<br>Mobile phone: +49 (0) 160-97919783
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