Robotics and AI have experienced dramatic advancement in the past few years. As a result, humans come into contact with more and more autonomous robot systems with AI in daily life. Therefore, human-centered intelligent robotics (HCIR) is a new trend and challenge. Humans should be always in the loop and the robots should be aware of humans. A human-centered robot should be dedicated to responding and conducting expressive verbal or non-verbal behaviors for social interaction. It should also assist humans with adaptive physical actions for effective and safe interaction. Furthermore, HCIR is also related to the interpretability of intelligent robots. An explainable or comprehensible system instead of a black-box one will conduct a more natural and trustworthy human-robot interaction with the human in the loop. Therefore, human-centered intelligent robotics as a multifaceted concept faces multiple challenges:
(1) how to perceive human behaviors well with a learning method. Multimodal behaviors including face action, body action, tactile information, EEG, and speech for human behaviors understanding. Furthermore, long-life learning with the human in the loop also should be considered in a natural long-term interaction .
(2) how to adaptively respond and conduct expressive behaviors for social interaction or assistive behaviors for physical interaction. The human-centered robot should respond to human interaction with multimodal social cues, including verbal and non-verbal behaviors, for natural human-robot interaction. A human-centered robot should also explore the physical behaviors, for example, the robots that open doors with visual servoing .
(3) how to build up a trustworthy robot system with explainable or comprehensible AI. The human-centered intelligent robot should take the system interpretability into consideration, which leads to a reliable human-robot interaction .
The session topics include but are not limited to:
- Human-robot interaction with AI
- Human behavior perception with AI
- Robot verbal or non-verbal behavior generation
- Social human-robot interaction with AI
- Physical human-robot interaction with AI
- Assistive service robots with AI for vulnerable populations such as children or the elderly
- Robot learning with human in the loop