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The Road to Successful HRI: Trust, Acceptance, Ethics, Social Signals and AI.

The Road to Successful HRI: Trust, Acceptance, Ethics, Social Signals and AI.

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Submission Deadline: 31-01-2022
Journal Impact Score: 2.97
Journal Name: International Journal of Social Robotics
Publisher: International Journal of Social Robotics
Journal & Submission Website: https://www.springer.com/journal/12369

Special Issue Call for Papers

This Special Issue is based on the conjunction of the workshops SCRITA (Trust, Acceptance and Social Cues in Human Robot Interaction) and TRAITS (The Road to a successful HRI: AI, Trust and ethicS) respectively organised at IEEE RO-MAN and ACM/IEEEHRI 2021 conferences.

The design of natural human-robot dynamics is a key aspect for ensuring a successful and efficient lasting human-robot interaction (HRI). In particular, it is expected that a robot deployed in human populated environments not only needs to be able to successfully complete a task, involving perception, reasoning and decision-making of other agents and the surroundings, but also needs to show social intelligence to engage people in effective and natural interactions. In such interactions, robots and people need to be able to cooperate to reach a joint goal, which can only be achieved if people accept and trust robots to complete their task and prevent any potential harm (emotional or physical) to people, the environment and themselves. The agents involved need to correctly interpret each other's behaviour, and act accordingly. Finally, several studies have shown that socially aware robots are perceived more positively by people in social contexts and situations. Robots, therefore, should be able to understand and use people's direct and indirect modes of communication, such as verbal and non-verbal cues. Moreover, robots should be able to adapt their behaviours to satisfy people's needs (such as personality, emotions, preferences, habits), and incorporating reactive and predictive meta-cognition models to reason about the situational context (such as its own erroneous behaviours) and provide socially acceptable behaviours. 

This special issue will explore successful HRI from a multidisciplinary perspective and shape the design of robots, so that robots: 

1) autonomously sense and react to the situation, people and the environment by integrating artificial intelligence (AI) techniques2) such that people feel comfortable to interact with robots3) and trust them to safely reach intended outcomes, and 4) by respecting ethical and legal principles.Submissions are invited from leading researchers in the fields including, but not limited, to the following topics of interest: 

● Impact of social cues on trust in human-robot interaction ● The impact of social robots on acceptance in HRI ● Measuring trust in human-robot interaction ● Trust violation and recovery mechanism in HRI ● Effects of humans’ acceptance on trust of robots ● Humans sense of control and trust in robots ● Trust and assistive robotics ● Overtrust in robots ● Antecedent of trust and human-robot trust ● Enhancing humans trust in robots ● User profiling and trust in human-robot interaction ● Evaluation of human-robot interaction quality ● Human factors affecting successful HRI● Mental models in HRI ● XAI in HRI ● Trustworthy AI ● Legal frameworks for trustworthy robotics ● Ethics implications in HRIGuest Editors: 

Antonio Andriella, Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial (CSIC-UPC), Spain, [email protected] Patrick Holthaus, University of Hertfordshire, UK, [email protected] Gabriella Lakatos, University of Hertfordshire, UK, [email protected] Sílvia Moros, University of Hertfordshire, UK, [email protected] Alessandra Rossi, University of Naples FedericoII, Italy, [email protected] Marcus Scheunemann, University of Hertfordshire, UK, [email protected] Van Maris, Bristol Robotics Laboratory (UWE), UK, [email protected]: The SI is open for submissions until June 30, 2022, with a possible extension up to September 30, 2022, depending on the development of the covid-19 pandemic situation.More about the Guest Editors: 

Antonio Andriella: Antonio is a Ph.D candidate at the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI) in the Perception and Manipulation Group. Since 2017, he has held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship as part of an Innovative Training Network (ITN) called SOCRATES. Prior to joining IRI, he worked as AI expert at Cogisen for 8 years. His research interests are in the areas of human-robot interaction and human-centred design technologies for older adults with cognitive impairments. His work focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating interactive social systems that personalise and adapt to their users over short-term and long-term interaction, based on individual needs and goals.

Alessandra Rossi: Alessandra is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). She has a PhD as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research ETN SECURE project (https://secure-robots.eu/) at the University of Hertfordshire (UK), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn. She is a Visiting Lecturer at University of Hertfordshire. Alessandra received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Naples Federico II. Her research interests include multi-agent systems, social robotics, Human–(Multi) Robot Interaction, home companion and user profiling. She has been the team leader of the RoboCup team “Bold Hearts” at the University of Hertfordshire (UK), and TC member of the RoboCup Humanoid League since 2021. She is Virtual Organizing Chair of the IEEE RO-MAN 2021 conference, and she has been Registration Chair and Social Media Responsible for IEEE RO-MAN 2020. More info at alessandrarossi.net.

Anouk van Maris: Anouk is a research associate in Responsible Robotics for the RoboTIPS project (RoboTIPSprojecthttps://www.robotips.co.uk/home) at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (UK). She focuses on designing an ethical black box to address the potential future ubiquity of social robots and concerns over the damage they might cause when they malfunction. She acquired her Ph.D. in Social Robot Ethics as an Early Stage Researcher of the MSCA-ITN project SOCRATES (http://www.socrates-project.eu/).

Patrick Holthaus: Patrick is the manager of the Robot House research facility at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). He is also a permanent Research Fellow in the Adaptive Systems Research Group and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests include systems integration in heterogeneous environments, interaction architectures and behaviour coordination, and the social credibility of companion robots. He is currently an advisory board member of the Norwegian project “Human Interactive Robotics in Healthcare” and is a CoI of the UKRI TAS hub’s pump priming project “Kaspar explains”. He was also a CoI of the AAIP-funded feasibility project “Assuring safety and social credibility”. Patrick was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the cluster of excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and a member of the Cognitive Systems Engineering group working on the large-scale project “Cognitive service robotics apartment”. Patrick received his Ph.D. on the topic of an "Integrated concept of spatial awareness" which originates from research conducted in the Applied Informatics Group and SFB 673 "Alignment in Communication" at Bielefeld University where he also received a master's degree in computer science. More info at https://patrick.holthaus.info/

Sílvia Moros: Sílvia is a Visiting Lecturer at the School of  Physics, Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). She completed her master’s in Robotics and Automation at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, and is currently pursuing a master in Neuropsychology at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain. Her research interests include mainly HRI, social robotics and neuroscience. She was co-organiser of the previous iterations of this workshop at the RO-MAN's 2018-2020 conferences and a guest editor of special issues on the same topic for Interaction Studies (IS), at the International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR), and Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics (PJBR).

Marcus Scheunemann: Marcus is a Visiting Research Fellow at  the Adaptive Systems Research Group and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. He studied Computer Science at the University of Ulm and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, in Germany. He later obtained a PhD with the topic of "Autonomous and Intrinsically Motivated Robots for Sustained Human-Robot Interaction" from the University of Hertfordshire. His focus was on the fully autonomous behaviour generation for robots to interact with humans based on information-theoretic measures. He will continue his research in the Science of Intelligence cluster in Berlin. Marcus contributed to the research community with his reviewing expertise, and he organized a workshop series for students and researchers working on autonomous humanoid robots. He was the co-chair of all previous iterations of SCRITA.

Gabriella Lakatos: Gabriella is a Research Fellow at the Adaptive  Systems Research Group and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. She completed her PhD in the field of Ethology at the Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary, after which she transferred her skills to the field of Etho-robotics and Human-Robot Interactions (HRI). Her research interests include HRI and robot-assisted therapy. She has expertise in the development of socially acceptable companion robots through the design of biologically inspired credible social behaviour as well as in experimentally evaluating user acceptance. Her experience was gained in European projects such as LIREC and BabyRobot, in addition to the EPSRC funded project Trustworthy Robotic Assistants. Gabriella has extensive reviewer experience, reviewing scientific papers for several peer-reviewed journals such as PLOS One, Interface, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, Ethology, Animal Cognition, Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Processes among others.

How to submit your articleAll submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal’s “Submission Guidelines” at https://www.springer.com/journal/12369/submission-guidelines

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