Robots are not human. They might in some cases have a similar appearance but different behavioral and cognitive strengths and limitations. In this sense, an interaction with a robot is asymmetric. When interacting with a robot one is unsure what behavior to expect as the appearance does not necessarily make the robot’s abilities transparent. In human-human interaction, we can also find asymmetric interactions to occur. For example, in an interaction with a child, adults have to adapt to the learner’s capabilities and understanding. Similarly, in interactions with special populations such as persons with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), asymmetry occurs as specific information seems to be processed differently.
In this half-day interdisciplinary workshop, we will discuss how partners cope with asymmetry to succeed in interaction. Our discussion will be motivated by linguistic and non-linguistic interaction strategies that are developed online in human-human as well as human-robot asymmetric interaction. Persons for example are often guided by their expectations and expected abilities in the interaction partners resulting in difficulties in asymmetric interactions with robots and even toward humans. Our aim is to determine factors as well as methods that are capable of supporting communication in asymmetric interactions.
By bringing together researchers working on the area of asymmetric interaction concerning both human-human and human-robot interaction, this workshop aims to develop novel views on interaction understanding
and modeling as well as insights into alignment processes.

List of Topics

  • interaction/behavioral strategies and their online generation
  • grounding, alignment, adaptation, achieving mutual understanding
  • learning (related to the workshop's topic)
  • recognition of the interaction partner's state
    (of understanding, emotional state, limitations etc.)
  • (automatic) understanding of partner's abilities
  • expectations
  • recognition, understanding and communication of own state
  • communication of own impairments
  • recognition and measurement of the extent of asymmetry of an interaction
  • solving the correspondence from the partner's to the own physiology
  • informing HRI with findings from human-human asymmetric interaction (parallels)
  • support-systems for communication

Important Dates

13 January 2014 - Paper submission Deadline

27 January 2014 - Notification of acceptance

14 February 2014 - Camera ready submission

03 March 2014 - Conference start