CFP: 3rd International Workshop on Human Agent Interaction Design and Models at AAMAS 2014, Paris.  6th of May.

HAIDM 15 is co-organized with the SMARTSOCIETY project funded by the EC under FP7 Future Emerging Technologies programme.

**Update: We have secured sponsorship from the Smart Society and ORCHID projects for student travel and registration**

As the boundaries of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems continue to expand, there is an increasing need for agents to interact with humans.  In fact, the field of multi-agent systems has matured from conceptual models to applications within the real-world (e.g., energy and sustainability, disaster management, or health care).  One significant challenge that arises when transitioning these conceptual models to applications is addressing the inevitable human interaction.  To this end, this workshop examines major challenges at the intersection of human-agent systems. In particular, we focus on the challenges of designing and modelling human-agent interaction. While the former takes a human-centric view of human-agent systems and focuses on the design of human-agent coordination mechanisms, trust issues in human-agent interaction, interaction techniques, and human activity recognition, the latter is concerned with finding better models of human behaviour in a variety of settings so that autonomous and multi-agent systems can appropriately interact with human agents (e.g., agent-human negotiation strategies or health care agents encouraging physical therapy for a variety of recovering patients).

This workshop aims to establish a forum for researchers to discuss common issues that arise in designing and modelling human-agent interaction in different domains.

Invited talk: Prof. Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham

Tom Rodden is Professor of Interactive Systems at the Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Nottingham and Director of Equator.  Prof Rodden’s research focuses on the development of new technologies to support users within the real world and new forms of interactive technology that emerge from mixing physical and digital interaction. This is a multi-disciplinary endeavour bringing together researchers in behavioural and social sciences and those involved in systems engineering, network infrastructures and interactive systems design. This ranges from those with a background in anthropology to those with training in art&design and embrace technologists from software development to the construction of novel hardware.  He has published widely in the areas of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), HCI and Ubiquitous computing. Since 2001 he has been director of the Equator IRC that brings together 8 different research institutes in the UK. The Equator IRC is a six-year programme of research to explore new technologies that interweave the physical and digital worlds supported by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Topics Covered

In designing multi-agent systemsapplications where such applications involve humans, it is important to consider the key principles by which the interaction between agents and humans will be established. In particular, the technical issues to be addressed byresearchers, and which will be the key discussion points, at this workshop include but are not limited to:

– Flexible autonomy

– Trust between humans and agents

– Presentation and interaction techniques

– Human activity recognition

– Agents as social actors

– Reasoning about social roles and social reality

– Modelling human behaviour, especially in mixed human-agent systems

– Comparison of approaches in applying models of human behaviour (e.g., strictly rational, bounded rational or psychological models)

– Enhanced models of human behaviour and theory of human behaviour such as quantal response, prospect theory, and other models of human decision making.

– Applications of human behaviour models

– Cooperative and competitive agent-human systems

– Behavioural game theory

– Techniques for learning human behaviour (e.g., machine learning)

– Crowdsourcing: mechanisms to allocate tasks to online crowds including social incentives, micro-payments for micro-tasks within implemented system.

– Citizen science: the use of agent-based techniques (e.g., distributed algorithms to coordinate citizen scientists or to model human behaviour) in order to solve scientific problems better.

– Use of agent-based coordination algorithms to coordinate humans.

– Techniques for model selection or augmenting agent learning through human modelling

– Benchmarks and evaluation methodologies for evaluating agent-human interactions

– Human-Robot Interaction: the design of embodied agents as well as methods for human-robot coordination.

– Coalition formation and optimisation models involving models of agents and humans

– Benchmarks and evaluation methodologies for evaluating agent-human interactions

– Quantitative and qualitative studies of human-agent interaction (or agent-supported human activities) in the lab, online and in real-world settings

–  Smart society applications consisting of heterogeneous networks of agents and humansthat cooperate/coordinate to solve problems of scale

– Smart society applications of Human-Agent Interaction (e.g., energy management, consumption, transportation, healthcare, and disaster response).

Important dates

– February 10th, 2014 – Submission deadline.

– March 3, 2014 – Notification of acceptance.

– May 5th or 6th, 2014 –  Workshop takes place.

Submission Instructions

Submissions should conform to the LNCS Springer format,  Authors are encouraged to use the style file found here  or see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0 for more details.

Submissions may be of two types:

  • Long papers: These are full-length research papers detailing work in progress or work that could potentially be published at a major conference. These should not be more than *16* pages long in the LNCS format above.
  • Short papers: These are position papers or demo papers that describe either a project on human-agent systems, an application that has not yet been evaluated, or initial work. These should not be more than *8* pages long (excluding appendices and assuming the LNCS format above).

Authors can submit their papers through the HAIDM 2014 Easychair

submission site at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=haidm2014

Review Process

Papers will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. Criteria for selection

of papers will include: originality, readability, relevance to themes, soundness, and overall quality.

 Organising Committee

– Joel Fischer, University of Nottingham, UK

– Ya’akov (Kobi) Gal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

– Sarvapali D. Ramchurn, University of Southampton, UK

– Avi Rosenfeld, Jerusalem College of Technology, Israel

– Long Tran-Thanh, University of Southampton, UK

Programme Committee

Bo An, Nanyang Technological University
Ben Bedwell, University of Nottingham
Ladislau Boloni, University of Central Florida
Frank Dignum, Utrecht University
Virginia Dignum, TU Delft
Michael Goodrich, Brigham Young University
Piyush Khandelwal, University of Texas at Austin
Sarit Kraus, Bar Ilan University
Paul Lukowicz, DFKI
Vincenzo (Enzo) Maltese, University of Trento
Thanh Nguyen, University of Southern California
Ana Paiva, INESC
Rui Prada, Instituto Superior Técnico-UTL and INESC-ID
Subramanian Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh
Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh
Elizabeth Sklar, University of Liverpool
Sebastian Stein, University of Southampton
Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University
Greg Trafton, Naval Research Lab
Matteo Venanzi, University of Southampton
Rong Yang, University of Southern California


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