Faculty Position in Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington

The School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for an asst/assoc/full professor position in social informatics (SI), in the informatics division, to begin in August 2015. Our intent is to hire the candidate, either senior or junior, best able to help our SI Group lead the development of Social Informatics, an opportunity greatly enabled by the recent merger into the SoIC of the IUB Department of Information and Library Science (ILS). Candidates with interests in ethnography, social and political values in computing, economic and policy perspectives on information technology, and internet and media studies are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have an established record (senior level) or demonstrable potential for excellence (junior level) in research and teaching, and a Ph.D. in a relevant area or (junior level) expected before August 2015.

The SI Group in the Informatics Division currently has six members whose work is grounded in social science and humanities perspectives, through which we study the way computing and society co-construct each other. As part of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, we have strong ties to other faculty at IUB who share our orientation to Science and Technology Studies, including those involved in Human/Computer Interaction, the new IUB Media School, Cognitive Science, and The Information Society journal. SI faculty and their PhD students share interests in a wide variety of research areas, including Human-Robot Interaction, Information and Communication Technology for Development, Community Informatics, the History of Computing in International Perspective, Organizational Informatics, Computing and Language, Technology Ethics and the Law, Participatory Design, and related areas. The person hired will need to teach in our core curriculum, which includes information ethics and organizational informatics.

The SoIC is the first of its kind and among the largest in the country, with unsurpassed breadth. Its mission is to excel and lead in education, research, and outreach spanning and integrating the full breadth of computing and information technology. It includes Computer Science, Informatics, and Library and Information Science, with over 85 tenure-line faculty, 900 graduate students, and 1100 undergraduate majors. Its degrees include B.A. and B.S. in Computer Science, B.S. in Informatics, Master’s in Computer Science, Security Informatics, Bioinformatics, Human Computer Interaction Design, Information Science, and Library Science, and Ph.D.s in Computer Science, Informatics, and Information Science.

Located in the wooded rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is a culturally thriving college town with a moderate cost of living and the amenities for an active lifestyle. IU is renowned for its top-ranked music school, high-performance computing and networking facilities, and performing and fine arts.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research and teaching, and names of 6 references (3 for junior level) using the link below (preferred):

http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/972 (Social Informatics)

or by mail to Faculty Search, SoIC, 919 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47408. Questions may be sent to hiring@soic.indiana.edu. For full consideration applications are due by December 1, 2014.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2014.

Faculty Position in Interactive and Intelligent Systems at Indiana University, Bloomington

The School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for an asst/assoc/full professor position in interactive and intelligent systems.

Applications are welcome from a range of related areas such as computer vision, smart imaging, pervasive computing, social robotics, and internet of things.

This position would join top researchers in the School working in related areas, including artificial intelligence, computer vision, human-computer interaction, robotics, human-robot interaction, machine learning, data science, complex systems, and computer systems. Indiana University also has strong programs in other related fields including cognitive science, psychological and brain sciences, optometry, and biology.

Applicants should have an established record (senior level) or demonstrable potential for excellence (junior level) in research and teaching, and a Ph.D. in a relevant area, or (junior level) expected by 8/2015.

The SoIC is the first of its kind and among the largest in the country, with unsurpassed breadth. Its mission is to excel and lead in education, research, and outreach spanning and integrating the full breadth of computing and information technology. It includes Computer Science, Informatics, and Library and Information Science, with over 85 tenure-line faculty, 900 graduate students, and 1100 undergraduate majors. It offers Ph.D.s in Computer Science, Informatics, and Information Science.

Bloomington is a culturally thriving college town with a moderate cost of living and the amenities for an active lifestyle. IU is renowned for its top-ranked music school, high-performance computing and networking facilities, and performing and fine arts.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research and teaching, and names of 6 references (3 for junior level) using the link below (preferred):

http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/970 (Interactive and Intelligent Systems)

or to Faculty Search, SoIC, 919 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47408. Questions may be sent to hiring@soic.indiana.edu. For full consideration applications are due by 12/1/2014.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Indiana University

School of Informatics and Computing
Faculty Position in Interactive and Intelligent Systems

ICRA 2015 : 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Call for Papers

ICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work. The 2015 conference will be held May 26-30, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, USA.

The conference will include plenary and mini-plenary sessions, contributed paper sessions, workshops and tutorials, an industrial forum, exhibits, and robot challenges as well as some events that are new to ICRA, such as a PhD forum, a career fair, and a developing countries forum.

Important Dates

  • 1 October 2014: Paper Submission deadline
  • 30 January 2015: Paper acceptance notification
  • 27 February 2015: Final contribution deadline

Download the ICRA 2015 Call for Papers

Contributed Papers

Papers reporting on novel research in robotics and automation are invited. All papers will be reviewed using a single-blind review process: authors declare their names and affiliations in the manuscript for the reviewers to see, but reviewers do not know each other’s identities, nor do the authors receive information about who has reviewed their manuscript.

Prospective authors should submit PDF versions of their paper. Six pages in standard ICRA format are allowed for each paper, including figures. A maximum of two additional pages can be purchased. Authors are invited to submit a video to complement their submission. Detailed instructions for submission are available on the conference website.

Paper Presentation

Papers will be presented in two modes, interactive and oral. Sessions will include both interactive and oral papers, with interactive papers having brief spotlight oral presentations preceding the interactive portion of the session, which will be held in the session room.

Tutorials and Workshops

Proposals for half-day or full-day workshops and tutorials are invited. Workshops and tutorials will be held on May 26 and 30, before and after the main contributed sessions. Workshops provide an informal forum for participants in an active research area. Tutorials target more established research areas and provide insights to the state of the art, presented by recognized researchers in the field. Detailed instructions for submission are provided on the conference website.

Career Fair and PhD Forum

For the first time, ICRA 2015 will include a Career Fair and a PhD Forum. The Career Fair will provide an opportunity for conference sponsors to have booths and interact with prospective employees. The PhD Forum will provide an opportunity for a group of Ph.D. students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established researchers in robotics and automation to help them network with both junior and senior researchers.

More information regarding participation in these events will be here on the conference website.

Exhibits

The Washington State Convention Center has plentiful and excellent space for exhibits. It is adjacent to the plenary sessions and conference registration, and will be the location for the opening reception and for refreshments during the breaks during the conference. Information for prospective exhibitors will be available on the web site.

Website : http://icra2015.org/

The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014)

People are increasingly interacting with computerized agents. Examples include autonomous and tele-presence robots in homes, healthcare, or search and rescue, virtual characters in the expanding gaming industry or for serious games, and agents representing other people through on-line social and interactive meeting places. Although these broad areas have their own unique research challenges, there is a clear commonality to be addressed in the investigation of how people interact with agents, whether they have physical or virtual embodiments, or represent remote people or an AI algorithm; this commonality requires explicit consideration.

The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014, in co-operation with ACM SIGCHI) aims to be the premier interdisciplinary venue for discussing and disseminating state-of-the-art research and results that have implications across conventional interaction boundaries including robots, software agents and digitally-mediated human-human communication. HAI will gather researchers from fields spanning engineering, computer science, psychology and sociology, and will cover diverse topics, including:

human-robot interaction, affective computing, computer-supported collaborative work, gaming and serious games, artificial intelligence, and more.

The theme of this year’s conference is “equations and theories relating robots, avatars, and virtual characters.”

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

- design of Human-Agent Interaction, including quantitative and qualitative results

- theoretical models of Human-Agent Interaction

- impacts of embodiment (e.g., physical vs digital, human vs animal-like)

- experimental methods for Human-Agent Interaction

This includes more targeted results that have implications to the broader human-agent interaction community:

- human-robot interaction

- human-virtual agent interaction

- interaction with smart homes and smart cars

- distributed groupware where people have remote embodiments and representations

- and more!

<< Important Dates >>

- Advance Rate Registration: September 28, 2014

- Workshops: October 28, 2014

- HAI 2014 Conference: October 29-31, 2014

For more info please visit at http://hai2014.org/

 

NETWORK OF AUTOMATED VEHICLES

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), including Autonomous Vehicle require good communication channels and the following organisations are already working on such infrastructure;

  1. HAVE-IT Project, “Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport”,
  2. SARTRE Project, “Safe Road Trains for the Environment”,
  3. InteractIVe Project, “Accident Avoidance by Active Intervention for Intelligent
  4. AutoNet2030 Project, “Co-operative Systems in Support of Networked Automated Driving by 2030”,
  5. ETSI, European Telecommunications Standards Institute
  6. COM2REACT Project

Teleoperation Using Haptic Device Omega Device

Omega.7 is the most versatile 7-dof haptic interface device. The Omega.7 is available in left- and right-hand configuration and can be integrated in a dual workstation setup for bimanual operation. The following video show some teleoperation demo using the Omega 7.

A Teleoperaion demo using Haptic Device Omega 7 to do remote operation.

Simple teleoperation using Haptic Device Omega 7 and Kuka Arm

Bilateral Teleoperation of Multiple UAVs with Decentralized Connectivity Maintenance

Force Dimension Omega.6

Force Dimension Omega.6

10th Annual ACM/IEEE HRI Conference

The 10th Annual ACM/IEEE HRI Conference theme is “Broadening HRI: Enabling Technologies, Designs, Methods, and Knowledge.” The conference seeks contributions from a broad set of perspectives, including technical, design, methodological, behavioral, and theoretical, that advance fundamental and applied knowledge and methods in human-robot interaction. We particularly invite papers on work that “enables” human-robot interaction through new technical advances, novel robot designs, new guidelines for design, and advanced methods for understanding and evaluating interaction. Full papers, Late Breaking Reports, and Videos will be archived in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE xPlore. Full details of the submission types is provided on http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2015/authors/.

Important Dates

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3 October 2014: Submission of full papers and tutorial/workshop proposals

8 December 2014: Submission of late breaking reports, demonstrations, and videos

Full Papers

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Full papers are eight camera ready pages, including figures. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings and be presented in an oral session.

To facilitate quality interdisciplinary reviewing, authors will be required to select a theme for their full paper submission. These themes represent different types of contributions to human-robot interaction and thus involve different criteria for evaluating what constitutes a significant contribution to the field.

Studies of Human-Robot Interaction theme includes naturalistic and experimental studies of how humans and robots interact in real-world settings or in experimental scenarios to establish new understanding, principles, and design recommendations for human-robot interaction.

Theme Chair: Takayuki Kanda, ATR, Japan

Enabling technologies include contributions that describe new robot systems, algorithms, and computational methods that enable robots to better understand, interact with, and collaborate with their users.

Theme Chair: Nicholas Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Enabling designs theme involves contributions that describe new robot designs, including new robot morphology, behaviors, or services.

Theme Chair: Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Enabling methods include contributions that describe new techniques and methods that enable the study, analysis, or construction of human-robot interactions form.

Theme Chair: Greg Trafton, Navy Research Laboratory, USA

Enabling knowledge theme describes contributions that provide new understanding of human interaction, needs, and environments that will inform the development of new robot technologies, systems, and applications.

Theme Chair: Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria

Authors are encouraged to review the extended call for papers on the conference website (http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2015/) for more information regarding the themes, including theme specific program-committee, examples of past publications, and evaluation criteria and an Open Letter sent to the HRI Community that describes the changes in the peer-review process for HRI 2015 (http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2015/authors/full-papers/open-letter-to-the-hri-community/)..

Late Breaking Reports

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Authors are encouraged to submit their Late-Breaking Reports in a short paper format, which is limited to two pages. Accepted late breaking reports will be presented as a poster, and will be published in the conference proceedings, and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Video Session

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We invite videos related to all aspects of HRI. Besides the importance of the lessons learned and the novelty of the situation, the entertainment value will be judged. The video must be self-explanatory. The videos will be published in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Tutorials and Workshops

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We invite you to organize a workshop or tutorial. The HRI 2015 theme highlights the importance of HRI as a broad, multidisciplinary field. Hence, we particularly invite workshops and tutorials representing different technical, behavioral, design, and methodological perspectives.

Exhibitions

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There will be an exhibition, and promoters are encouraged to display state-of-the-art products and services in all areas of robotics and human-robot interaction.

Organizing Committee

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General Chairs

Julie A. Adams, Vanderbilt University, USA

William Smart, Oregon State University, USA

Program Chairs

Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

Leila Takayama, Google[x], USA

Late Breaking Papers Chairs

Guy Hoffman, IDC Herzlia, Israel

Manja Lohse, Twente University, The Netherlands

Workshop/Tutorial Chairs

Kai Oliver Arras, University of Freiburg, Germany

Majd Sakr, CMU, USA

Exhibition Chairs

Dylan Glas, ATR, Japan

Jim Young, University of Manitoba, Canada

Videos Chairs

Hirotaka Osawa, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Iolanda Leite, Yale University, USA

Program Committee

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Chairs

Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

Leila Takayama, Google[x], USA

Theme Chairs

Studies of HRI — Takayuki Kanda, ATR, Japan

Enabling Technology — Nicholas Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Enabling Designs — Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Enabling Methods — Greg Trafton, Navy Research Laboratory, USA

Enabling Knowledge — Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria

IPhone 6 Built by Robots

Queues are forming outside Apple stores in America as everyone awaits the arrival of the new iPhone 6. The much awaited iPhone 6 is Apple’s flagship product and the demand for the iphone is going to surmountable. This is Apple’s 7th generation phone and they will be launching this phone globally at the same time.

Foxconn, the contract manufacturer for Apple, is now manufacturing millions of iPhones, getting ready for the launch. Foxconn decided in 2011 to introduce robots into their assembly line and Apple will be the first to reap the benefits of this new process.

A total of 10,000 robots, costing around USD 20,000, will be installed on the new line. These robots are in the final stages of testing.  Assembly is a task that a robot excels in and these robots will be able to improve the rate of production and the quality of the phone produced. One of these robots will be able to produce around 300,000 iPhones per year.

There will definitely be teething issues with the production line but this is a move in the right direction to reduce the dependence on China’s human workforce. This is a right direction given the rising cost of China’s workforce and their recent issues with the way they treat their employees.

Foxconn planned the development of their own robots and it’s final hope is to develop intelligent robots to handle their current assembly work. These robots will be developed for Foxconn only.

Read more here.

PhD studentships in Human-Robot Interaction

PhD studentships in Human-Robot Interaction at Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, UK

The research group at University of Hertfordshire has extensive experience in human-robot interaction research. One key aim is to develop robots that can take the role of a companion robot, in different application areas including robot-assisted therapy for children with autism, as well as the support of elderly people living at home. Alongside this application-oriented work, the team is studying fundamental aspects of human-robot interaction. The two studentships are dedicated to the study of human-robot  behaviour coordination and people’s perceptions of robots in HRI scenarios. This work is highly interdisciplinary and requires an understanding and/or interest in related relevant work in psychology, neurobiology and human-computer interaction. The students will be part of the Adaptive Systems research group at University of Hertfordshire which consists of six academic members and 40 research staff/students. The group is equipped with state of the art humanoid and no-humanoid experimental platforms (e.g. care-o-bot, icub, KASPAR, Sunflower).

The PhD projects will use existing state of the art robot hardware. The design, preparation, implementation and analysis of human-robot interaction experiments will form an important part in this project.

Applicants are required to have a strong first degree or Master degree in Computer Science, Robotics or a related area relevant to the project. An additional background in human-computer interaction, cognitive science or psychology is highly desirable. Excellent programming skills are essential (including C++), the ability to interface robot sensors and develop software on robots is a necessary requirement of this studentship, as well as a general interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines. The ideal candidate will be self- motivated with demonstrated good writing and communication skills. The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn (K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk), and interested candidates are invited to contact her email in the first instance. Note, all applications must be made formally via our Research Office.

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (approximately £13,800 per annum bursary plus the payment of the standard UK/EU student fees).

Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent by the latest Research Assessment Exercise, with 55% of the research submitted being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The Science and Technology Research Institute provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialized and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, just north of London.

Further information and an application form can be obtained from the Research Office: Mrs Lorraine Nicholls, Research Student Administrator, STRI, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, Tel: 01707 286083, email: l.nicholls@herts.ac.uk. Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year. The short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on 12 September 2014.

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Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn
Adaptive Systems Research Group
School of Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom
http://homepages.stca.herts.ac.uk/~comqkd/
FAX: +44 1707-284303
TEL: +44 1707-284333

http://adapsys.stca.herts.ac.uk/

Contact for informal inquiries: Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn
(Email: K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk)

Drones to deliver goods – DHL, Amazon and Google

Have you ever wondered on “Drones to deliver goods” - must see these videos of how 3 big companies – Google, DHL and Amazon – are testing drones to deliver goods.

Google’s “Project Wing” 

Thursday 29, 2014 – Google’s “Project Wing” or drone is on test to deliver candy, water, medicine, dog treats and other items to two farmers in Queensland, Australia.

Deutsche Post DHL

Monday December 9, 2013 - Germany’s express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places. The drone or aircraft has four propellers (while Amazon’s robot has eight) and can carry approximately 3kgs ,

Amazon “Prime Air”

December 2, 2013 - the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon is testing unmanned drones “Prime Air”to deliver goods to customers- despite legal obstacles in the U.S.