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EPIC Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Human Robot Interaction

03-09 January 2018 | Westport

The EPIC Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Human-Robot Interaction (Book Sprint) was held from January 3rd to 9th, 2018 in Westport, on New Zealand's South Island.

The event objective was for a team of leading experts representing different disciplines in the range of human-robot interaction (HRI) to write a book on the topic. The aim was to bring together European and New Zealand experts to lay the foundation for future fruitful cooperation in upcoming topics relating to HRI.

The participants included:

  • Tony Belpaeme, a Professor in Robotics and Cognitive Systems at Plymouth University, UK and Professor at Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Christoph Bartneck, an associate professor and director of postgraduate studies at the HIT Lab NZ of the University of Canterbury.
  • Friederike Eyssel, Professor of Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research at Centre of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology at Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • Takayuki Kanda, a Senior Research Scientist at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Merel Keijsers, a PhD student at the HIT Lab NZ, University of Canterbury.
  • Selma Šabanovič, an Associate Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she founded and directs the R-House Human Robot Interaction Lab.

The result of the Book Sprint is a 210-page book entitled “Human-Robot Interaction”. The book will be published with an internationally renowned publishing house.