Workshop Culture Aware Robotics at AAMAS, Paris, 06 May 2014

Culture is not the first aspect that comes to mind when discussing interactions with agent-based systems (be they virtual or robotic). But our cultural upbringing does to a large degree influence our patterns of behavior and interpretation. Thus, culture is present in the development of agent-based right from the start, unconsciously influencing how systems are designed, what we envision with them to do, and how they are programmed to interact with the user. Thus, culture significantly shapes how we interact with each other and with other social entities such as robots and agents, and a better understanding of cultural differences and commonalities will have significant scientific, design, and societal implications. This workshop aims at improving awareness on the topic and facilitates communication among researchers from different cultures and those interested in culture as a factor in interacting with robots and agents. The scientific focus of the activity is primarily directed to culturally-aware robotics but it is our conviction that many approaches from the agent community are relevant in this field too. Thus we also encourage submissions that are not primarily targeting robotics systems.


9.00 - 10.00: Tutorial session: Culture-Aware Robotics - Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark; IDÛ Interactive, Canada

10.00 - 10.30: Towards enhancing trustworthiness of socially interactive and culture aware robots - Melania Borit, Tromsø University, Norway; Lois Vanhée, LIRMM, France; Petter Olsen, NOFIMA, Norway

10.30 - 11.00:  Break

11.00 - 11.30: Cultural Difference on Factor Structure in a Questionnaire about Humanoid Robots - Tatsuya Nomura, Ryukoku University, Japan; Dag Syrdal, University of Hertfordshire, UK; Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK

11.30 - 12.00: Engineering Autonomous Theatre: The Impact of Culture on Mobile Robots and Automated Systems - Elizabeth Jochum, Aalborg University, Denmark; Jarvis Schultz, Northwestern University, USA; T.D. Murphy, Northwestern University, USA

12.00 - 12.30: Break out session


Important Dates

  • 28 February 2014: Submission deadline
  • 10 March 2014: Acceptance notification
  • 15 March: Camera-ready copy for Workshop proceedings
  • 06 May 2014: Workshop at AAMAS
  • 07-09 May 2014: AAMAS conference

Submission Instructions
We encourage papers from 4 up to 6 pages following the AAMAS 2014 paper guidelines, which can be found here. Please submit your paper through Easychair, using the following link: Submission CARs@AAMAS.

Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings will be published electronically by AAU Press with ISBN. Additionally, it is planned to produce a book on Culture Aware Robotics for which contributors to the workshop are invited to submit revised versions of their contributions (deadline by the end of 2014).

Program Committee

  • Ruth Aylett, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, UK
  • Christoph Bartneck, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Birgit Endrass, Augsburg University, Germany
  • Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Kerstin Fischer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Yoshinori Kuno, Saitama University, Japan
  • Karl F. MacDorman, Indiana University, USA
  • Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Majd Sakr, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar
  • Gabriele Trovato, Waseda University, Japan