Workshop Culture Aware Robotics at HRI, Bielefeld, 03 March 2014

Culture is not the first aspect that comes to mind when discussing human robot interaction. But our cultural upbringing does to a large degree influence our patterns of behavior and interpretation. Thus, culture is present in the development of robotic systems right from the start, unconsciously influencing how robots look, 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 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. The scientific focus of the activity is directed to culturally-aware robotics, which refers to a brand-new area in social robotics and human robot interaction and is closely related to the emergence of the field of culture aware computing in computer science and related disciplines. The main focus is on understanding the influence of culture on many human processes that affect human-robot interactions be it directly or indirectly. Culture aware robots can thus be defined as robotic systems, where culture-related information has had some impact on its design, runtime or internal processes, structures, and/or objectives.


Important Dates

  • 12 January 2014: Submission deadline
  • 31 January 2014: Acceptance notification
  • 15 February 2014: Camera-ready copy for Workshop proceedings
  • 03 March 2014: Workshop at HRI
  • 04-06 March 2014: HRI conference

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

Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings will be published electronically by AAU Press with ISBN/ISSN. 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
  • Emmanuel Blanchard, McGill University, Canada
  • Birgit Endrass, Augsburg University, Germany
  • Kerstin Fischer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 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