The development of robots capable of interacting with humans has made tremendous progress in the last decade, leading to an expectation that in the near future, robots will be increasingly deployed in public spaces, for example as receptionists, shop assistants, waiters, or bartenders. In these scenarios, robots must necessarily deal with situations that require socially appropriate human-robot interactions of a specific nature: interactions that are short and dynamic, and where the robot has to be able to deal with multiple people at once. In order to do so, robots typically require specific skills, including robust video and audio processing, fast reasoning and decision making mechanisms, and natural and safe output path planning algorithms. As a result, research on public space robots is often fundamentally different from other work in social robotics and HRI that focuses on long-term, robot companions who interact with humans in one-on-one interactions.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines, in order to explore this research area from different perspectives. To allow for a full and productive discussion among all participants, the workshop will include an extended session organised using the Open Space meeting format.
This workshop is the fourth in a series of meetings (and the third workshop) organised around the theme of public space human-robot interaction. Details of previous events can be found on the PubRob website.
Preliminary schedule (subject to change)
The morning session of the workshop will follow a somewhat traditional format, with invited speakers and short "lightning" talks from all other participants. The afternoon session of the workshop is devoted to an "unconference" using the Open Space format. The goal of this event is to allow participants to discuss any topic in public-space HRI that they are passionate about, in small groups of people who care about the same topic. Open Space events are self-organised: topics are proposed by participants, sessions are run by participants, with the organisers facilitating the process.
|09:00-09:30||Introduction||Workshop Introduction and Overview
Manuel Giuliani, Mary Ellen Foster
|09:30-10:30||Invited talk||Leveraging Complex Cognitive Environments for Public
Space Human-Robot Interaction
Frauke Zeller, David Harris Smith
|11:00-12:30||Talks||A Social Robot's Knowledge About Territories
in Public Space
|Detection of Public Gatherings with Low Level
Features in Static Data
Omar Adair Islas Ramírez, Raja Chatila, Mohamed Chetouani
|Public-space human-robot interaction in the
Mary Ellen Foster
|Brief statements from other workshop participants|
|13:30-14:30||Invited talk||Designing for the Wild, Wild West: Seven
Challenges in the Design of Robots for Public Use
|14:30-15:00||Introduction||Introduction to the Open Space Format
Mary Ellen Foster, Manuel Giuliani
|15:30-17:00||Discussion||Open Space sessions|