HRI Pioneers Workshop 2007
Details on the keynote address by Dr. Henrik Christensen of Georgia Tech below.
The field of human-robot interaction is new but growing rapidly. While
there are now several established researchers in the field, many of the
current human-robotic interaction practitioners are students or recently
graduated. This workshop, to be held in conjunction with the HRI 2007
conference, aims to bring together this group of researchers to discuss
their work, talk about the important upcoming issues in the field, and
hear about what their colleagues are doing.
The workshop is the second
annual workshop for junior researchers in HRI held in conjunction with
the HRI conference. Those who have not attended a previous session are
highly encouraged to submit to this workshop. Previous attendance will
be considered for acceptance as well.
Keynote Talk: Evaluation of Robots for Human-Robot Interaction
We would like to announce Dr. Henrik Christensen of the Georgia Institute of Technology as our
keynote speaker. Dr. Christensen is the KUKA Chair of Robotics at Georgia Institute
of Technology and director of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent
Machines at the same institution. He has earlier been director of
Autonomous Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and
coordinator of European Robotics (1998-2006). He earned an initial
degree in Mechanical Engineering before earning M.Sc. and Ph.D
degrees from Aalborg University - Denmark, 1987 and 1989
respectively. His research is focussed on robotics systems and in
particular systems integration, embedded in real applications. Henrik
Christensen has published more than 200 contributions in AI,
Robotics, and Computer Vision and is the co-foundered of 3 companies.
Henrik serves on the editorial board of AI Magazine, Autonomous
Robots, Intl Jour of Robotics Research, and Service Robotics. Further information is available on his
ABSTRACT: Robotics is gradually maturing as a discipline which also implies an
increased need for comparative R&D. At the same time robots are
increasingly deployed to serve as assistants to humans, be it for
search and rescue or as part of normal daily chores in the home. To
enable evaluation of progress in research it is essential that
rigorous methodologies for evaluation and performance characterisation
are adopted. Often a number of objections are put forward as to why
such rigorous experimental protocols are not well suited for
robotics. Some of the typical objections will be discussed in the
presentation. To illustrate the value and strategy of experimental
evaluation two example applications will be presented. Both
applications are closely tied to robots that serve as assistants to
people as part of daily operations.
A Wizard-of-Oz study has been used for the design of a strategy for
joint human-robot mapping of domestic setting as part of creation of a
cognitive robots for assistance to people in their homes. The
Wizard-of-Oz study clearly illustrate some of the challenges that a
robot has to cope with and indicate a number of important issues to be
considered in the design of dialog behaviours and associated
autonomous functionality. We will here discuss the use of initial
exploratory system designs to ensure early integration of the
end-user. The study has later been complemented with real
implementations and a number of observations on dialogue and physical
interaction are presented.
Another study has considered the deployment of PackBot systems for
assistance to soldiers as part of urban intervention. Integration of
robots into a unit of soldiers poses a number of interesting
challenges. There is a here a need to consider the impact of the
system on the robot operator and to re-consider the entire strategy
for urban intervention when a unit is equipped with a light-weight
robot for scouting. Results from a study with the international
brigade from the Swedish military are presented and a number of
important lessons from a long-term (12 month) study is reported.
Experience from prior studies clearly illustrate the value of a
careful design for evaluation and characterisation of systems, which
goes beyond the simple verification of theoretical models.
Observations and lessons from an extensive set of studies are
The format of the workshop will have participants presenting their work in
short talks, hearing from an expert in the field on the important problems
in HRI, and meeting in small group sessions to discuss common research themes.
The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2007, in Washington,
DC in conjunction with the HRI 2007 Conference to be held in DC
March 9-11. Potential participants are encouraged to submit an abstract of their
current research, a 1 paragraph statement of motivation for attending the workshop, and
a letter of support from their research advisor by September 30, 2006 to
limit abstracts to two pages.
We have accepted approximately 30 students and young researchers to the workshop.
Twelve will be asked to give a brief (10 minute) talk to the workshop about
their work. The remainder will be expected to talk about their work during
breakout sessions and meals.
- Dr. Julie Adams, Vanderbilt University, USA
- Dr. Ronald Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Dr. Aude Billard, Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
- Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, MIT Media Lab, USA
- Dr. Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
- Dr. Takayuki Kanda, ATR IRC Lab, Japan
- Dr. Robin Murphy, University of South Florida, USA
- Dr. Marjorie Skubic, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
- Dr. Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
- 30 September 2006 -- Abstract Submission Deadline
- 15 November 2006 -- Notification of Acceptance
- 8 March 2007 -- HRI Workshop
- 9-11 March 2007 -- HRI 2007 Conference