We would like to invite participants with technical, social science and design interests to participate in this one day workshop hosted at NordiCHI'2010, october 16.
We welcome students, researchers and practitioners active in the areas of HRI and HCI, as well as participants from related fields with relevant experience of working with robots, e.g. industrial design, sculpture, and the performing arts. Participants will be encouraged that have an interest in theoretical and methodological aspects of physical and embodied interaction, e.g.:
Morning session with presentations of position papers and afternoon session with group discussions on themes extracted from the position paper presentations. The workshop will end with group work presentations and discussion on potential developments that are found especially relevant to pursue. The exact structure for presentations and group activities will be set nearer to the date of workshop.
Primarily, through contributions from a hopefully diverse range of participants, the aim of this workshop is to open up a space for taking robot design seriously in HCI. As we have noted, we hope workshop participants to reflect on existing myths about robots, the challenges that these bring, and how their research exemplifies a user centred approach. More practically, the workshop should provide an understanding of a selection guidelines that can support to design robots and other actuated physical interactive artefacts with a user-centred or experience-centred perspective. This includes approaches of participatory design, industrial design, as well as existing technical approaches to robot design. We plan to publish the outcome of the workshop, and the format for this will be discussed during the workshop.