[CFP] Creative Robotics Research Network Symposium, April 2005, UK

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EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS - AISB 2005 SYMPOSIUM Robotics, Mechatronics and Animatronics in the Creative and Entertainment Industries and Arts http://crrn.open.ac.uk/aisb
13 April 2005 (as part of the AISB 2005 convention (http://aisb2005.feis.herts.ac.uk /), 12-15 April inclusive) University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, England
Over the last few years, robotic and animatronic technologies have been increasingly used in the creative and entertainment industries. Continuing miniaturisation and ever more powerful programmable ICs mean that animatronic models, once the province of remote control, are now ever more capable of operating responsively and autonomously. Recent advances in robotics related technologies and design approaches, coupled with reasonable, increasing expectations of what robots are capable of makes the identification of a coherent field of creative robotics particularly timely.
This Symposium seeks to bring together academic researchers, industry representatives and arts practitioners to explore the expressive potential of 'creative robotics' technologies in both small works and in the wider context of the creative and entertainment industries. To date, the field of creative robotics, and the corresponding opportunities for cross-sector networking, are largely overlooked. Interestingly, the British Council's recently produced opt-in, informal audit of UK robotics does recognise such a sector, even taking a ëCreative Roboticsí roadshow to China in 2003. However, the emphasis there largely concentrated on exploiting the popularity of television programmes such as Robot Wars and Technogames, rather than directly promoting the highly refined robotics related technologies developed within academia and the creative and entertainment industries.
A Government sponsored mapping document defining the creative industries currently includes ìInteractive Leisure Softwareî, ìSoftware and Computer Servicesî, ìFilm and Videoî, ìCraftsî and ìDesignî but does not mention robotics as such. The Symposium will help promote ìCreative Robotics, Mechatronics, and Animatronicsî as an area worthy of recognition in forthcoming Creative Industries Mapping exercises.
Studies of future markets for robotic products have identified entertainment robots as being one of the most likely to succeed in early markets. An example is Sony's robot dog Aibo. Public acceptance of entertainment and domestic robots is critically dependent on their look and feel. Artists are needed to make the appearance of these robots friendly and appealing while often, but not always, keeping their robotic basis evident. This symposium seeks to bring together the disparate robot and artistic communities for the mutual benefit of creative robotics and to present a more positive image of robotics and the robotics community. The symposium will aim to foster closer relationships between science, technology and arts/performance research sectors as well as the creative industries and act as a launchpad for technology transfer from academic research into creative applications.
This is likely to be beneficial on several grounds:
- much research output never it makes it out of the lab, or further into the public domain than academic conferences or publications. Creative and 'artistic' demonstrations open up new application areas and provide an accessible way of engaging the public and revealing to them something of the potential of a particular piece of research.
- applications and themed activities provide a rich and highly motivating context for learning about, developing and applying techniques 'for real' in an educational setting. The Symposium will therefore provide an opportunity to develop and publicise technologies for teaching robotics and using robotics as a creative educational tool.
-The UK Government set up NESTA the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts with the specific aim of funding co-operative activities between scientists, engineers and artists. This symposium responds to that interest.
The Symposium will therefore provide an opportunity for robotics researchers to describe creative applications of their research effort as well as discussing technical issues and approaches that are relevant to the use of robotics in the creative industries and entertainment sectors.
Members of the recently established EPSRC funded Creative Robotics Research Network are strongly encouraged to attend the event.
Relevant Topics include, but are not limited to:
- advanced Animatronics for Television, Art Galleries, Theatres, Amusement Parks and Museums - state-of-the-art presentation robots - Cybernetic art/robots as artwork - robot music - artwork creating robots/robot painting - educational robots - human robot interaction - robot tour guides - public engagement with robotics and engineering, mechatronics and animatronics - public robot competitions - public demonstrations of simulated intelligent behaviour
Papers should be 6-8 pages long, double-column (very similar to AAAI format). Papers will appear in the Symposium proceedings and potentially a special journal issue.
Robot exhibits and demonstrations are also welcome - please submit a short video or illustrated description.
There may also be an opportunity for a 'robot performance' in the evening following the symposium. Interested parties should contact snipped-for-privacy@robofesta-uk.org as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT DATES (subject to change, but not by much...)
15 September Expressions of Interest for Live Performance EXTENDED: 15 November 2004: Submissions due 22 November 2004: Notification deadline 17 December 2004: camera ready copies due 14 January 2005: early registration deadline, deadline for complete proceedings to be received by convention organisers 12-15 April 2005: AISB 2005 convention
CONTACT/SUBMISSIONS: snipped-for-privacy@robofesta-uk.org
SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE: http://crrn.open.ac.uk/aisb
[FORTHCOMING CREATIVE ROBOTICS WEBSITE: http://www.creativerobotics.org.uk ]
Convener: Dr Tony Hirst, Robotics Outreach Group, Open University ( snipped-for-privacy@open.ac.uk) Administration: Dr Ashley Green, Robotics Outreach Group, Open University ( snipped-for-privacy@open.ac.uk)
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