Exercise training is strongly recommended for prevention and treatment of pathologies with high prevalence such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) statest that insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. 25% of the adult population and 80% of the world's adolescent population are insufficiently physically active. The decrease of physical activity in our society is not just an individual problem but it is influenced by a variety of environmental and social factors. Hence, it is important to target this problem from multi-perspective and interdisciplinary point of view. This full-day workshop will offer a forum for researchers from a variety of backgrounds (i.e. physiotherapist, psychologist, computer scientist, clinical researchers, industry) to discuss the potentials and limitations of using social robots to promote physical activity and support people to be more active. Looking across disciplinary boundaries we hope to establish a common understanding of the needs for potential target groups. We invite participants to share their experiences on the requirements and challenges implementing and deploying robot coaches that could motivate people to start and adhere to a physical activity program.
There are four major questions we want to target with this workshop: a) What are the perceptional, interactional and design requirements for coaching robots? b) What (motivational) benefits can social robots offer compared to active video games or virtual agents? c) What requirements do social robots need to fulfill to be used as tools in therapy or to deploy them as consumer products? d) What are the potential use cases and markets for robots that promote physical activity?
We will try to group the invited speeches and contributed talks around these question and plan sufficient time for interactive discussions. The goal of this workshop is to collect the state of the art on social robots coaching and promoting physical activity. Furthermore, we want to collect the current challenges and requirements for such robots to be implemented as a therapeutic tool or daily exercising companion. Concluding, we want to draw a road map leading to the next steps that should be addresses by researchers and engineers for building robot companions to help people stay healthy and active.
We seek contributions (i.e. research paper, position paper, system paper, design papers) concerning, but not restricted to, the following topics:
Papers can be submitted via the following submission site. Please submit your paper in PDF format by the 7th of January 2018. The accepted contributions will be published as online publication with the CEUR Workshop Proceedings.
The paper format conforms roughly to an HRI submission:
The allowed length is between 4 and 6 pages (including the references) depending on the contribution of the work (position papers, previous/ongoing work or novel work). Accepted papers will be presented as a talk of about 15 minutes with 5 minutes of discussion or during a poster session. Submitted papers should conform to the ACM publication format. ACM Categories and Subject Descriptors section and Author Keywords are mandatory to be included on the first page for your final version. The results described in the submission must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. For templates and examples follow this link:
Submissions within the scope of the workshop will be peer-reviewed and selected based on their relevance, originality, clarity and contribution. Selected papers will require that one author registers for and attends the workshop. As opposed to the HRI 2018 main conference, there will be no rebuttal phase.
Talks length should be approximately 15 minutes so that there are 5 minutes time for discussion
|09:00||tba||Welcome and Introduction|
|09:15||tba||Key note I|
|10:40||Coffee Break||Cafe au lait|
|11:00||tba||Key note II|
|11:45||tba||contributed paper III|
|13:30||tba||Contributed paper IV|
|13:50||tba||Contributed paper V|
|14:10||tba||Key Note III|
|14:55||Paper, Video Session and Discussion?|
|15:30||Coffee Break and Poster Session|
|16:00||Group Discussion and Plenary Round Table|
For any question about the organisation of the Workshop, please contact us by mail.