Magazine article AI Magazine

The Second International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

Magazine article AI Magazine

The Second International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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The second international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2007) was held March 9-11, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) through SIGCHI and SIGART, and by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The conference was organized in cooperation with AAAI and with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

The field of HRI has grown dramatically in recent years. Spurred by advances in robotics technologies and communications, many researchers are studying how to use these advances to solve critical challenges in socially relevant problems. These efforts are inherently interdisciplinary, requiring input from engineering, computer science, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, and human factors.

HRI-2007 was the second step toward becoming a premier interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of research results on leading-edge issues of human-robot interaction and collaboration. The three goals of the conference series are to promote the inherently interdisciplinary field of HRI, to provide a single-track forum for the dissemination of excellent research, and to provide high-quality evaluations of mature and emerging research.

The call for papers attracted 101 submissions from Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Twenty-two submissions were accepted for oral presentation, and 26 submissions were accepted for poster presentation. Additionally, a video session included 13 presentations (selected from 25 submissions) from 13 researchers and practitioners. Topics of the video session included teamwork, social robotics, adaptation, observation and metrics, attention, user experience, and field testing.

We were delighted to have Richard Hackman (Harvard University, USA) and Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Japan) give thought-provoking plenary presentations. Hackman delivered a talk entitled "Humans, Robots, and Teams" that leveraged work in human teams to identify issues that arise when humans and robots act in teams. Ishiguro delivered a talk that explored the state-of-the-art in humanoid robots, with an eye toward understanding the "uncanny valley" in peer-to-peer HRI.

The conference's outstanding paper award went to "Humanoid Robots as a Passive-Social Medium: A Field Experiment at a Train Station" by Kotaro Hayashi, Daisuke Sakamoto, Takayuki Kanda, Masahiro Shiomi, Satoshi Koizumi, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Tsukasa Ogasawara, and Norihiro Hagita. The best student paper award went to Guy Hoffman and Cynthia Breazeal for their paper, titled "Effects of Anticipatory Action on Human-Robot Teamwork: Efficiency, Fluency, and Perception of Team."

The best poster award went to Emma Sviestins, Noriaki Mitsunaga, Takayuki Kanda, Hiroshi Ishiguro, and Norihiro Hagita for their paper, titled "Speed Adaptation for a Robot Walking with a Human."

The quality of reviews for this year's conference was very high. To recognize the efforts of especially good reviewers and to promote high-quality reviews in future HRI conferences, an award was created for those reviewers who did multiple reviews and submitted them on time, who were highly rated by other reviewers, and who were highly rated by authors even though many of the reviews did not recommend acceptance. …

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