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Human-Agent-Robot Teamwork

The 6th Workshop on Human-Agent-Robot Teamwork (HART 2016) is incorporated into the 14th German Conference on Multiagent Systems Technologies (MATES 2016) in Klagenfurt, Austria, September 28th - 30th, 2016.

We encourage the submission of original, unpublished contributions related to joint activities and human-agent-robot teamwork. Submission deadline is May 13th, 2016 (extended). Accepted papers for this workshop are included into the MATES proceedings and will be presented in special session(s) of MATES. Participants of the HART 2016 workshop are required to register to MATES 2016.


Description

The HART 2016 workshop provides an international forum for researchers interested in cooperative activities aka teamwork, applied to joint human-agent/robot activities or human-agent/robot interaction addressing the challenges of future teamwork scenarios that are more complex and incorporate agent, robots and humans in a closed loop.

Teamwork has become a widely accepted metaphor for describing the nature of multi-robot and multi-agent cooperation. By virtue of teamwork models, team members attempt to manage general responsibilities and commitments to each other in a coherent fashion that both enhances performance and facilitates recovery when unanticipated problems arise. Whereas early research on teamwork focused mainly on interaction within groups of autonomous agents or robots, there is a growing interest in leveraging human participation effectively. Unlike autonomous systems designed primarily to take humans out of the loop, many important applications require people, agents, and robots to work together in close and relatively continuous interaction. For software agents and robots to participate in teamwork alongside people in carrying out complex real-world tasks, they must have some of the capabilities that enable natural and effective teamwork among groups of people. Just as important, developers of such systems need tools and methodologies to assure that such systems will work together reliably and safely, even when they have been designed independently.

The purpose of the HART workshop is to explore theories, methods, and tools in support of humans, agents and robots working together in teams. Position papers that combine findings from fields such as computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, anthropology, social and organizational psychology, human-computer interaction to address the problem of HART are strongly encouraged. The workshop will formulate perspectives on the current state-of-the-art, identify key challenges and opportunities for future studies, and promote community-building among researchers and practitioners.


Scope

Topics of Interest

The workshop solicits contributions addressing original research on joint human-agent-robot activities, human-agent-robot teamwork, and human-aware planning. The workshops topics are related to systems of humans and agents (including robots) in cooperative settings. Thus, the topics of interest cover a variety of fields and expertises, for example:

  • Models of human behaviour and their application to teamwork,
  • Collaborative planning and cooperative agent-human systems,
  • Human-agent teamwork theories, models, tools, and frameworks,
  • Human-aware motion, navigation, task planning,
  • Applications on human-robot/agent interaction, and
  • Studies on practicial joint human-agent-robot activities.

We welcome submissions that cover theoretical results, methodological contributions, or practical results illustrating human-agent-robot teamwork applications in the wild (lab, online, real-world).

Target Audience

No special prerequisites are demanded. However, participation in the workshop will be limited, with authors and presenters given priority. All attendees must register for the MATES 2016 conference. This emerging field is inherently inter-disciplinary, thus the workshop brings together researchers from computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, anthropology, social and organizational psychology, human-computer interaction.


Important dates

DeadlineDate
Paper submission deadlineMay 13th, 2016 (extended)
Notification of acceptance/rejectionJune 6th, 2016
Camera-ready copied dueJune 27th, 2016
Workshop dateSeptember 28th - 30th, 2016

Author guidelines

All papers will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. Criteria for selection of papers include the relevance to topics, soundness, overall quality and readability.

All accepted papers will be scheduled for oral presentations and will be included in the proceedings of the MATES 2016. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and to present the work.

The submitted paper must be formatted according to the guidelines of the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) (website mixes German and English content). Authors are encouraged to use the style files found there:

The submitted papers must be no longer than eight pages in length, including all figures, tables and references. Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically using the online conference management system in PDF format before the deadline (see important dates).

Paper submission is electronic. To submit, please prepare a PDF file of your paper, a short abstract in plain text, and a list of two to five keywords. Then follow this link:

The submission processes will be managed by easychair.org. If you have used this system before, you can use the same username and password. If this is your first time using EasyChair, you will need to register for an account by clicking 'I have no EasyChair account' button. Upon completion of registration, you will get a notification email from the system and you are ready for submitting your paper. You can upload and re-upload the paper to the system by the submission due date.


Workshop Chairs

  • Sebasitan Ahrndt, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Catholijn M. Jonker, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Programm Committee

  • Jeffrey Bradshaw, IHMC, USA
  • Virginia Dignum, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Johannes Fähndrich, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Benjamin Hirsch, EBTIC, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates
  • Matthew Johnson, IHMC, USA
  • Michael Kaisers, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, The Netherlands
  • Marco Lützenberger, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Cyrille Martin, University of Grenoble, France

Venue & Travel information

HART 2016 is incorporated into the MATES 2016 conference. You can find more information on the MATES Venue page. The venues' address reads as follows:

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
Universtitätsstraße 65 - 67
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Austria



Contact

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