Call: Multimodal, Multi-Party, Real-World Human-Robot Interaction (ICMI 2014 Workshop)

Call for Participation

ICMI 2014 Workshop on Multimodal, Multi-Party, Real-World Human-Robot Interaction
Istanbul, Turkey, 16 November 2014

Late-breaking abstracts are being accepted until 31 October
See below for submission details


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 human-robot interactions that are short and dynamic, and where the robot has to be able to deal with multiple persons at once. To support this form of interaction, 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. This physically embodied, dynamic, real-world context is the most challenging possible domain for multimodal interaction: for example, the state of the physical environment may change at any time; the input sensors must deal with noisy and uncertain input; while the robot platform must combine interactive social behaviour with physical task-based action such as moving and grasping. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a range of relevant disciplines in order to explore the challenges and solutions for multimodal interaction in this area from different perspectives. The workshop will feature two invited speakers, along with oral presentations of long papers and a Pecha Kucha-style session with short overviews of ongoing research in this area.



Contributions to the workshop are sought in all areas relevant to the overall goal of the workshop, including — but not limited to – the following topics:

  • intention recognition
  • knowledge representation and reasoning
  • activity recognition
  • multimodal fusion
  • person tracking
  • multimodal interaction management
  • speech recognition in noisy environments
  • robust spoken language processing
  • cognitive robotics
  • natural language generation
  • audiovisual signal processing
  • design of service robots / interaction systems in public spaces
  • planning and decision making under uncertainty
  • evaluation of robots in real-world contexts

These topics cover a wide range of research communities including multimodal interaction, dialogue systems, human-robot interaction, robotics, automated planning, computer vision, and signal processing. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the workshop topic, relevant contributions from other fields will also be welcome.


We welcome late-breaking reports of up to 2 pages describing work in progress, preliminary results, or highlights of recently completed work. Authors of accepted late-breaking reports will be invited to present a Pecha Kucha talk at the workshop.

Formatting instructions and detailed submission instructions are available through the workshop web site at


31 October 2014 — Final date for late-breaking abstracts
16 November 2014 — Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey as part of ICMI 2014


Mary Ellen Foster, Heriot-Watt University

Manuel Giuliani, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg

Ron Petrick, University of Edinburgh


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