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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

AI Robot Related Conferences and Journals For My Research (Part 2)

AI Robot Related Conferences and Journals For My Research Part 1

Top Conferences

HRI -- ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

HRI is a single-track, highly selective annual international conference that seeks to showcase the very best interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in human-robot interaction with roots in social psychology, cognitive science, HCI, human factors, artificial intelligence, robotics, organizational behavior, anthropology and many more. HRI is a relatively new and small conference because the HRI field is relatively new. The 1st HRI conference was actually held here in Salt Lake City, Utah, in March 2006, and my advisor, Dr. Michael A. Goodrich, was the General Chair for the conference. It is very unfortunate that I only started grad school two months after the 1st HRI conference and missed this great opportunity. *Sigh* HRI has been growing rapidly and gaining attentions from many research groups and institutions. The last HRI conference (6th) had attendance exceeding 300 participants. HRI is also a top-tier conference with an acceptance rate between 19% and 25%. As the conference becomes more and more popular, researchers from many research disciplines (e.g., human factors, cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, etc.) began participating in the conference.

The venue of the HRI conference rotates among North America, Europe, and Asia. I have been lucky enough to attend the conference twice, once in 2010 and once in 2011. In 2010, I attended the HRI Young Pioneer Workshop. The workshop is a great event because you not only get to make friends with a bunch of young researchers in the HRI field before the conference starts, you also get to see what other young researchers are working on. Besides, NSF is generous enough to cover a good portion of the airfare, which is great help for poor grad students. I liked the workshop so much that I joined the organizing committee for the next year's HRI Young Pioneer Workshop, and also hosted the panel discussion at the workshop. That was also the reason why I was able to attend HRI 2011. Also in both HRI 2010 and HRI 2011, I guarded my advisor's late-breaking report poster sessions because he couldn't make it.

I have never submitted anything to the main HRI conference. Since this is the top conference in my research field, I'd like to publish something before I graduate.

The next HRI conference HRI 2012 (the 7th) will be held at Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Conference Dates: March 5-8, 2012
Submission Deadline: September 9, 2011

CHI -- ACM/SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems - the CHI Conference

CHI is considered the most prestigious conference in the field of human-computer interaction.It is a multi-track conference held annually. Because of the heavy interests and involvement from industry leaders, large tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple are frequent participants and organizers of the conference. CHI is a top-tier conference with acceptance rate between 20% and 25%.

Human-Computer Interaction is a broad field that includes both software and hardware. The goal of HCI is to develop methods, interfaces, interaction techniques to make computer devices more usable and receptive to the user's needs. These days computer devices could include a wide variety of things such as cell phones, tablets, game consoles, or gadgets. Thanks to the advancement of sensor technologies, a whole set of rich interaction techniques have emerged to work with gestures, device orientations, and motion of the device.

Many of the HCI design principles, interface designs, and interaction techniques are relevant in Human-Robot Interaction. After all, a robot must have some kind of computer embedded (whether tiny or full-size, whether one or multiple). In many HRI tasks, the human user could very well be interacting with the robot through a regular computer or a touch screen device (think tele-presence, for example). I have never attended the CHI conference before, but I have heard a lot about it from Dr. Dan Olsen at BYU because he was always some kind of chair in the CHI organizing committee. In fact, he'll be the paper chair in the next CHI conference.

The next CHI conference CHI 2012 will be held at Austin, Texas, USA.
Conference Dates: May 5-10, 2012
Submission Deadline: September 23, 2011

AI Robot Related Conferences and Journals For My Research Part 3

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