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#324: Embodied Interactions: from Robotics to Dance, with Kim Baraka

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In this episode, our interviewer Lauren Klein speaks with Kim Baraka about his PhD research to enable robots to engage in social interactions, including interactions with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Baraka discusses how robots can plan their actions across multiple modalities when interacting with humans, and how models from psychology can inform this process. He also tells us about his passion for dance, and how dance may serve as a testbed for embodied intelligence within Human-Robot Interaction. Kim Baraka is a postdoctoral researcher in the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, and an upcoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he will be part of the Social Artificial Intelligence Group. Baraka recently graduated with a dual PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, USA, and the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, Portugal.


The Third International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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The third international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2008) was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 12-15, 2008. The theme of HRI-2008, "living with robots," highlights the importance of the technical and social issues underlying human-robot interaction with companion and assistive robots for long-term use in everyday life and work activities. More than 250 researchers, practitioners, and exhibitors attended the conference, and many more contributed to the conference as authors or reviewers. HRI-2009 will be held in San Diego, California, from March 11-13, 2009. The third international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2008) was held March 12-15, 2008, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


The Third International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2008) with robots," highlights the importance It also featured Foundation, and the European a panel on "robo-ethics" intended Network for the Advancement of Artificial to start a discussion of the ethical Cognitive Systems (EU Cognition) and societal implications of provided grants. More than 250 autonomous robots and a panel on representatives from academia, government, "what is HRI?" that examined the constitutive and industry attended HRI-components of human-robot 2008. HRI is the premier forum for the Of the 134 submissions, the program presentation and discussion of committee accepted 48 full research results in human-robot interaction. Human-robot interaction 27 submissions) were featured in a special is inherently interdisciplinary session. The workshops artificial intelligence, cognitive science, addressed metrics (an examination of ergonomics, human-computer proposed guidelines for evaluating interaction, psychology, robotics, and HRI), coding behavioral video data other fields. From 1997 to 2000, he was vice president of development for Fourth Planet, Inc., a developer of real-time visualization software. Fong has published more than 50 papers in field robotics, human-robot interaction, virtual reality user interfaces, and parallel processing, was chair of the 2006 AAAI Spring Symposium on human-robot interaction in space, and is cogeneral chair for HRI-2008. Kerstin Dautenhahn is the research professor of artificial intelligence in the School of Computer Science and coordinator of the Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Save the Date! -- July 11-15, 2010 AAAI comes to Atlanta, Georgia in 2010! Please mark your calendars, and visit www. She was general chair of IEEE RO-MAN06 and cogeneral chair of HRI-2008. Scheutz was the coprogram chair for HRI-Seven student teams competed to award went to "Robots in Organizations: University of Amsterdam took top Jodi Forlizzi.


The Second International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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Reports The second international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2007) was held in Arlington, Virginia, March 9-11, 2007. The theme of the conference was "Robot as Team Member" and included posters and paper presentations on teamwork, social robotics, adaptation, observation and metrics, attention, user experience, and field testing. One hundred seventy-five researchers and practitioners attended the conference, and many more contributed to the conference as authors or reviewers. HRI-2008 will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from March 12-15, 2008. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) through SIGCHI and SIGART, and by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.


The Second International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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Hackman delivered a talk entitled "Humans, Robots, and Teams" that leveraged work in The conference's outstanding paper award went to "Humanoid Robots as a Passive-Social Medium: A Field Experiment at a Train Station" by Kotaro The best student paper award went to Guy Hoffman and Cynthia Breazeal for their paper, titled "Effects of Anticipatory HRI-2007 was the second step "Speed Adaptation for a Robot Walking Spurred by included teamwork, social robotics, momentum has been built for HRI-advances in robotics technologies and adaptation, observation and metrics, 2008, which will be held in Amsterdam, communications, many researchers attention, user experience, and The Netherlands, March 12-15, are studying how to use these field testing. The 21st International FLAIRS Conference (FLAIRS-21) will be held May 15 - 17, 2008 at the Grand Bay Miami Hotel in the village of Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, USA. The conference hotel is on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay close to downtown Miami and South Beach. FLAIRS-21 will feature technical papers, special tracks, and General Chair invited speakers on artificial intelligence. Architectures: Agents and distributed AI, Intelligent user interfaces, Natural lane@ict.usc.edu