Call: Workshop on Culture Aware Robotics at HRI (CARs@HRI)

CARs@HRI: Workshop on Culture Aware Robotics at HRI, Bielefeld University, Germany, 03 March 2014

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) 2014:

Culture is not the first aspect that comes to mind when discussing human robot interaction. But our cultural upbringing does to a large degree influence our patterns of behavior and interpretation. Thus, culture is present in the development of robotic systems right from the start, unconsciously influencing how robots look, what we envision with them to do, and how they are programmed to interact with the user. Thus, culture significantly shapes how we interact with each other and with other social entities such as robots, and a better understanding of cultural differences and commonalities will have significant scientific, design, and societal implications. This workshop aims at improving awareness on the topic and facilitates communication among researchers from different cultures and those interested in culture as a factor in interacting with robots. The scientific focus of the activity is directed to culturally-aware robotics, which refers to a brand-new area in social robotics and human robot interaction and is closely related to the emergence of the field of culture aware computing in computer science and related disciplines. The main focus is on understanding the influence of culture on many human processes that affect human-robot interactions be it directly or indirectly. Culture aware robots can thus be defined as robotic systems, where culture-related information has had some impact on its design, runtime or internal processes, structures, and/or objectives.

Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark
Maja Mataric, University of Southern California, USA
Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
Tatsuya Nomura, Ryukoku University, Japan

Important Dates
10 January 2014: Submission deadline
31 January 2014: Acceptance notification
15 February 2014: Camera-ready copy for Workshop proceedings
03 March 2014: Workshop at CARs@HRI
04-06 March 2014: HRI conference

Submission Instructions
We encourage papers from 4 up to 6 pages following the HRI 2014 paper guidelines. Please visit for more information.

Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings will be published electronically by AAU Press with ISBN/ISSN.

Program Committee
Ruth Aylett, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, UK
Christoph Bartneck, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Emmanuel Blanchard, McGill University, Canada
Birgit Endrass, Augsburg University, Germany
Kerstin Fischer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Yoshinori Kuno, Saitama University, Japan
Karl F. MacDorman, Indiana University, USA
Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Majd Sakr, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar
Gabriele Trovato, Waseda University, Japan



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