CALL FOR PAPERS - Life-Like Robots Workshop [ The Netherlands ]

=========================================== = Life-Like Robots = in Ambient Intelligent Environments = =========================================
EUSAI2004 Workshop
November 8th, 2004, Eindhoven, Netherlands
INTRODUCTION ==========================================Life-like robots are as old as the life-like automatons build by Jacques de Vaucanson, whose most famous creation was the mechanical duck he build in 1738. During the 60ties Walt Disney developed inspired by these antique life-like automatons a technique called Audio-Animatronics to build life-like robots for creating pre-programmed and non-interactive entertainment shows. Recently, sensors are added to life-like robots that enable these robots to interact with their environment. Such interactive life-like robots are now brought into our domestic environments in different appearances, including robotic flowers, robotic dogs, non-human robots and humanoids.
Whereas previous work focussed on the social aspect of robots and life-like virtual characters, this workshop wants to explore the field of interactive life-like robots that are situated in an ambient intelligent environment. For instance, Kr-se presents a robot called Lino that lives in an ambient environment called the HomeLab at Philips Research located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This robot provides a natural interface to the user by using facial expressions and interacts with the HomeLab environment and the locally available devices. Van Breemen presents an improvement to Lino's life-likeness. Both Lino's physical appearance as well as its software architecture has been changed, which led to a new improved life-like robot called the iCat. The iCat uses principles from the field of cartoon animation to improve its life-likeness. Preliminary studies show that this significantly improves the user acceptance and enjoyability of the robot.
GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP ==========================================Still many issues need to be investigated in the field of life-like robots that are situated in an Ambient Intelligent environment. How is life-likeness created? What software architecture is needed? Will the user feel more comfortable in the presence of a life-like robot, than in the situation of a machine-like robot? In what ways does a life-like robot interact with its Ambient Intelligent environment?
The workshop provides a forum for roboticists, human scientists, and designers to discuss issues related to the design of life-like robots and the interactions with humans and Ambient Intelligent environments. Topics include:
* Applications of life-like robots in ambient intelligent environments * Human-robot interaction * Synthesis of life-like behaviour * Emotion-based control architectures * Social robots * Software architectures * Design aspects of life-like robots * User experiences
FORMAT AND ORGANIZATION ==========================================The workshop will consist of a daylong highly interactive format that will encourage small group dialogue and knowledge transfer. The overall goal is to elicit research issues and findings related to the design and deployment of life-like robots.
Submission ==========================================Submissions should follow the format of Springer publications. MS Word users can directly download the Word Submission Package. Submissions should be send directly to The deadline is 10th September, 2004 and notifications will be send by 11th October 2004.
IMPORTANT DATES ==========================================September 10, 2004: submission deadline. October 11, 2004: Notification of accepted papers. November 8, 2004: start workshop.
ORGANIZERS ==========================================A.J.N. van Breemen Philips Research (SwA) Prof. Holstlaan 4 (WDC-1.034) 5656 AA Eindhoven The Netherlands
C. Bartneck Technical University of Eindhoven Faculty of Industrial Design Den Dolech 2, 5600 MB Eindhoven The Netherlands
B.J.A. Krose University of Amsterdam Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam The Netherlands
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