Tue, 10/17/2017
CITEC, tba
  • Nguyen Sao Mai (IMT Atlantique, France)
  • Diedrich Wolter (University of Bamberg, Germany)
  • Alexandra Kirsch (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Marc Hanheide (University of Lincoln, UK)
  • Serge Autexier (Bremen Ambient Assisted Living Lab / DFKI Bremen, Germany)
  • Matti Krüger (Honda Research Institute Europe (HRI-EU), Germany)
  • Ulrich Johnigk (v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel)
  • Michael Junker (Miele & Cie, KG)
  • Thorsten Jungeblut (Bielefeld University, CITEC)
  • Patrick Holthaus (University of Hertfordshire / Bielefeld University, CITEC)

HAI Conference logo Workshop at the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction

The workshop will take place on Oct. 17, 2017, 9am - 5pm, CITEC room 2.015


Traditionally, human-machine interaction as well as human-robot interaction address the dyadic relationship between a human and a single device. In smart homes, the basic idea is different in that home devices are decomposed into a spatially distributed but interconnected network of sensors and actors. These can be dynamically combined to ‘virtual appliances’ which offer services to a user. Such services may not only relate to single devices like a lamp, a music box, a dishwasher, etc., but can also relate to scenarios like “watching a movie”, “cooking”, “cleaning the house” where multiple physical devices are involved.

Tue, 10/17/2017
CITEC building

Scope and motivation

Robots and virtual agents are progressively becoming more ubiquitous in our society. Although both types of agents may have an embodiment either physical or simulated, a crucial difference exists, in terms of the possibility to share the same space of the users. There is currently an active discussion on the potential impact of physical presence on interaction and agent perception, both for the investigation of social cognition and in applications of agents in the social domain.
For instance, is a physical agent better than a virtual agent in the context of teaching children or acting as receptionist?
The workshop “The body of embodiment” will focus on the role of an agent’s embodiment and physical presence and their effects on social human-agent interactions. The following core research questions will be explored with a multidisciplinary audience:

Tue, 10/17/2017 - Fri, 10/20/2017

HAI 2017 is the 5th annual International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction. It aims to be the premier interdisciplinary venue for discussing and disseminating state-of-the-art research and results that have implications across conventional interaction boundaries including robots, software agents and digitally-mediated human-human communication.

Wed, 10/18/2017
9:00 - 17:00
CITEC, Bielefeld

Behavior, Emotion and Representation: Building Blocks of Interaction Workshop at the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2017)

1 Description

Natural behavior skills based on cognitive abilities are key challenges for robots, virtual agents and intelligent machines while interacting with humans. This becomes particular evident by the expected increase in the use of intelligent interaction partners designed to support humans in everyday situations within the next coming decade (such as virtual coaches, companion robots, assistive systems and autonomous cars). These systems will need to develop their autonomy and to elicit social interaction and social synchrony. In order to achieve these goals, their perception of humans, as well as their behavior, must build on more complex inputs about emotion, mental state and models of the human partners compared to the mainly more low-level based approaches currently in use.

Tue, 10/24/2017
Public Event
10:00 - 14:00

Um dem Verbundvorhaben itsOWL-EUE, nach 3-jähriger Bearbeitungszeit und hervorragenden Ergebnissen, einen würdigen Abschluss zu geben planen wir eine öffentliche Abschlussveranstaltung am Citec der Universität Bielefeld. Hierfür bitte ich Sie den Termin entsprechend freizuhalten und ihre Teilnahme zu ermöglichen.

Thu, 11/09/2017 - Sat, 11/11/2017
Arlington, Virginia (USA)
The “Human-Agent Groups: Studies, Algorithms and Challenges” conference, which will be held in Arlington, Virginia (USA). It is part of the Fall Symposium Series of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Important deadlines to keep in mind: 21 July 2017: Submissions due to organizers. 4 August 2017: Notifications of acceptance sent by organizers. 25 August 2017: Accepted camera-ready copy due to AAAI. Please send questions or comments to the organizing committee at For more information, please see the supplemental symposium website at: