Welcome to the Human-Robot Interaction 2013 Workshop on Collaborative Manipulation!

New Challenges for Robotics and HRI

Autonomous manipulation has made tremendous progress in recent years, leveraging new algorithms and capabilities of mobile manipulators to address complex human environments. However, most current systems inadequately address one key feature of human environments: that they are populated with humans. What would it take for a human and robot to prepare a meal together in a kitchen, or to assemble a part together in a manufacturing workcell?

Collaboration with humans is the next frontier in robotics, be it shared workspace collaboration, assistive teleoperation and sliding autonomy, or teacher-learner collaboration, and raises new challenges for both robotics and HRI. A collaborative robot must engage in a delicate dance of prediction and action, where it must understand its collaborator's intentions, act to make its own intentions clear, decide when to assist and when to back off, as well as continuously adapt its behavior and enable customization.

Addressing these challenges demands a joint effort from the HRI and robotics communities. We hope that this workshop will not only serve to attract more roboticists into the HRI community under this unifying theme, but will also create valuable collaborations to explore this rich, interdisciplinary area. We welcome high-quality work in all areas related to collaborative manipulation.

Call for Papers

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submissions: January 30th, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: February 8th 10th, 2013
  • Workshop: March 3rd, 2013

Venue: The 8th ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2013/)

We welcome submission on all topics related to collaborative manipulation, including (but not limited to) intent-expression, communication, coordination, safety, shared/sliding autonomy, skill learning, user-based customization, and acceptance. Submitted papers should be up to 6 pages long (extended abstracts and preliminary result papers are welcome) and should follow the IEEE format.

Each paper will be assigned at least two reviewers, who will evaluate the submission based on significance, relevance to the topic, technical quality and quality of evaluation. We encourage submissions with both a strong technical contribution and well-designed, well-controlled user study evaluation.

Email your submissions to hri13workshop@gmail.com.

Workshop Format

This full-day workshop will be a blend of paper presentations, invited talks, panel discussions, break-out discussions, and a poster session. We expect to have three oral sessions, each with 30 minute invited talks, 5 minute contributed paper spotlights, and discussion on the theme of the session. The workshop will also feature a poster session for more in-depth exploration of the contributed papers; and a venue for small group discussions around the topics of the day.