Workshop “AHRI-Affective Human Robot Interaction" on ACII 2022 

Proposers information:

Dr. Chuang Yu: Postdoctoral Researcher at Cognitive Robotics Lab of University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Siyang Song: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Leimin Tian: Research Fellow at Human-Robot Interaction group of Monash University, Australia  

Dr. Zhao Han: Post-Doctoral Fellow of Computer Science at the interactive robotics MIRRORLab, Colorado School of Mines, USA

Prof. Xiaofeng Liu: Professor at Hohai University, China

Prof. Aiguo Song: Professor/Dean at College of Instrument Science and Engineering, Southeast University, China

Prof. Adriana Tapus: Full Professor and Director at Doctoral School of Institut Polytechnique of Paris, Autonomous Systems and Robotics lab, IP Paris, France

Important dates:

Submission deadline: 24 June 2022

Notification of acceptance: 22 July 2022

Camera-ready: 15 Aug 2022

Workshop date: 21 Oct 2022 (TBC)

In recent years, robotic applications have entered various aspects of our lives, especially healthcare services. It is common in these applications that a user interacts directly with a robot. In Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), trust and mutual adaption are established and maintained through a positive social relationship between the robot and the human interactor and rely on the perceived competence of a robot on the social-emotional dimension. How a user perceives a robot's social intelligence and their social relationship with the robot can have a direct influence on the outcomes of an HRI system, for example, whether a user decides to accept the recommendation from a robot. Moreover, in many HRI applications, social-emotional interaction with the intended users is the main goal of the system or a core strategy to achieve the desired outcomes. For example, in HRI techniques can be further applied to various human external behaviours and internal states understanding applications for various, such as gesture and facial expression recognition, emotion/dimensional affect analysis, as well as mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.) and personality recognition. Thus, such affective HRI applications require emotion-awareness and social-emotional competence in the robot's functions to deliver acceptable services. In addition, for robots deployed in shared spaces with humans, even when direct HRI is not expected to occur, social intelligence of robots, such as the ability to follow certain social norms or to predict human intentions, is key to safe and effective deployment.

This workshop provides a communication and collaboration platform for researchers from the human-robot interaction (HRI), emotion recognition, affective computing, deep learning, and healthcare communities. This workshop will focus on discussing the following research questions: