important dates

January 10, 2014
Position paper submission

January 28, 2014
Notification of acceptance

March 3, 2014
Workshop at HRI 2014

Workshop Organizers

Astrid Weiss
ACIN, Vienna University of Technology

is a postdoctoral research fellow in HRI at the Vision4Robotics group at the ACIN Institute of Automation and Control at Vienna University of Technology (Austria). She holds a master degree in sociology and a PhD in social sciences from the University of Salzburg. Her current research focuses on user-centered design and evaluation studies for Human-Robot Interaction, with a special interest in the impact technology has on the everyday life and what makes people accept or reject technology. She was involved in the organization of two workshops on social acceptability of robots at Ro-Man2008 and HRI2009, as well as in the HRI Pioneers workshop 2010


Jenay Beer
College of Social Work, University of South Carolina

is the director of the Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab. She is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. She earned her PhD in Engineering Psychology fro Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. Her research interests include human factors and aging. With a special interest in Human-Robot Interaction, her research focuses on the application of assistive technology to help future generations of older adults in maintaining their independence. She has studied themes such as user acceptance, emotionally expressive robots, and level of robot autonomy


Takanori Shibata
Human Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

is a Chief Senior Research Scientist at Human Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), a Visiting Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Fellow, the AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electronic and Mechanical Engineering from Nagoya University in 1989, 91 and 92, respectively. He was a research scientist at AIST 1993 to 98. Concurrently, he was a visiting research scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab., MIT from 1995 to 98, and a visiting research scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab., Univ. of Zurich in 1996. At the AIST, Dr. Shibata was a senior research scientist 1998-2013. Concurrently, he was the Deputy Director for Information and Communication Technology Policy, Bureau of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan from 2009 to 10. Since 2013, he has been the current positions.


Markus Vincze
ACIN, Vienna University of Technology

received his diploma in mechanical engineering from Technical University Wien (TUW) in 1988 and a M.Sc. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 1990. He finished his PhD at TUW in 1993. With a grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences he worked at HelpMate Robotics Inc. and at the Vision Laboratory of Gregory Hager at Yale University. In 2004, he obtained his habilitation in robotics. Presently he leads a group of researchers in the “Vision for Robotics” laboratory at TUW. With Gregory Hager he edited a book on Robust Vision for IEEE and is (co-) author of over 250 papers. Markus’ special interests are computer vision techniques for robotics solutions situated in real-world environments and especially homes.