Workshop 07-CR-HRI

International Workshop on Collaborative Robots and Human Robot Interaction

(CR-HRI 2012)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2012)

May 21-25, 2012

The Westin Westminster Hotel

Denver, Colorado, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Submission Deadline: February 01, 2012

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


Applications of and research on robotic technologies are growing in both civilian and military contexts, including small unmanned ground sensors, socially assistive and companion robots, and multi-ton unmanned vehicles. In the near future, we anticipate that robots will be increasingly employed in collaborative interaction with humans and other robots, working together to achieve common goals. The study, design, and implementation of interaction among collaborative robots as well as between robots and their human operators is critical to the successful employment of robots, and, therefore, needs careful examination and further research.

This workshop on collaborative robots and human-robot interactions - to be held as part of the 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems - will focus on the areas of human-robot interaction and human-robot collaborative technologies. We invite original contributions from researchers in academia, research laboratories, and the computer industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology. Our goals are to provide a dedicated refereed workshop that fosters closer interaction among researchers from multiple relevant disciplines, including robotics, human-robot interaction, design, cognitive science, psychology, computer science, anthropology, human-computer interaction, as well as user communities, and to provide a forum in which they can exchange their findings and ideas.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

Collaborative Robots and Unmanned Vehicles (CR & UV)

    • Multi-Robot Systems

    • Collaborative Robots Behavior

    • Collaborative Control of Robot Motion

    • Control of a Team of Robots in a Mission

    • Cooperating Autonomous Robots

    • Agent-based Distributed Robotic Systems

    • Adaptive and Learning System for Collaborative Robots

    • Biologically Inspired Robotics

    • Sensors and Sensor Integration in Autonomous Robots

    • Multi-sensor Fusion and Integration for Robotic Systems

    • Multiple Vehicle Systems and Networks of Autonomous Vehicles

    • Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles and Systems

    • Architectures for Intelligent Autonomous Systems

    • Control, Guidance, and Navigation of Autonomous Robots

    • Trajectory Tracking and Path Following

    • Cooperative Navigation, Control and Perception

    • Robots in Emergency and Crisis Management

    • Collaborative Robots for Infrastructure Security Applications

    • Companion and Assistive Robots

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)

    • HRI Multi-modal Interfaces

    • User Interface Designs and Usability Evaluations

    • Interaction Control in Robotic Systems

    • Cognitive Modeling/Science in HRI

    • Adjustable/Adaptive Automation

    • Human-Robot Cooperation in Teamwork

    • HRI for Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Teams

    • Experiments on HRI Collaboration

    • Interaction Components

    • Knowledge Discovery and Learning in HRI

    • Metrics and Measurements for Collaborative HRI

    • Ethnography and Field Studies in Human-Robot Collaboration

    • Human Factors and Evaluation Methodologies

    • HRI Applications (Industrial, Home, Assistive and Rehabilitative, Medical, Entertainment and Sport, Agriculture, Mining, etc.)


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to collaborative robots, autonomous vehicles and human robot interactions. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. We welcome prospective participants to submit either full papers (up to 8 pages) or short papers ( up to 4 pages). Poster papers and posters (please refer to for the submission details) will also be accepted for submission. The manuscript should use the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages will be charged at additional fee. In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence must be indicated. Please include page numbers on all submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript via Workshop EasyChair page at

Only PDF files will be accepted, submitted via the web link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, contributions, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2012 web site later. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed accordingly.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers.


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- February 01, 2012

Acceptance Notification: ------------------------------------- February 15, 2012

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ------------ March 07, 2012

Conference Dates: ---------------------------------------------- May 21 - 25, 2012


Selma Šabanović Cindy L. Bethel

School of Informatics and Computing Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Indiana University Mississippi State University

Bloomington, IN, USA Mississippi State, MS, USA

Voice: +1 (812) 856-0386 Voice: +1 (662) 325-2757

Fax: +1 (812) 856-1995 Fax: +1 (662) 325-8997

Email: Email:


Eric Meisner Adriana Tapus

Department of Computer Science Computer Science Department

Johns Hopkins University Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees (ENSTA-ParisTech)

Baltimore, MD, USA 32 Blvd Victor, 75015, Paris, France

Voice: +1 (410) 516-4410 Voice: +33 1 45 52 54 13

Fax: +1 (410) 516-4410 Fax: +33 1 45 52 83 27

Email: Email:


Technical Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2012.

  • Amin Atrash - University of Southern California, CA, USA

  • Jeff Craighead - Intelligent Systems Lab James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, FL, USA

  • David Crandall - Indiana University, IN, USA

  • David Feil-Seifer - Yale University, CT, USA

  • Rodrigo Guttierez - Electronic Arts, CA, USA

  • Sonya Kwak - KAIST, Republic of Korea

  • Manja Lohse - Bielefeld University, Germany

  • Xiaojuan Ma - Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA

  • Bilge Mutlu - University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI, USA

  • Nicolas Padoy - Johns Hopkins Univeristy, MD, USA

  • Rogerio Richa - Johns Hopkins Univeristy, MD, USA

  • Kerstin Severinson-Eklundh - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

  • Elaine Short - University of Southern California, CA, USA

  • Leila Takayama - Willow Garage, CA, USA

  • Kate Tsui - University of Massachusetts - Lowell, MA, USA

  • Michael Walters - University of Hertfordshire, U.K.

  • Astrid Weiss - ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C. Fox at and Waleed W. Smari at