Special Session on Domestic Robotics and Smart Device Ecologies

Special Session on Domestic Robotics and Smart Device Ecologies

Session Chairs:

Simon Egerton, Monash University, Malaysia, Simon.Egerton(at)infotech.monash.edu(dot)my
Alessandro Saffiotti, Orebro University, Sweden, asaffio(at)aass.oru.se

Domestic robotics is envisioned as being at the forefront of the next social revolution, taking the mantle from the internet and the information revolution we are currently experiencing.  It is expected that domestic robots will form an integral part of the intelligent environments of the future, along with humans.  Together they will form the new ecosystem or smart-device-ecology, acting in synergy to provide intelligent seamless services.  Domestic robotics has been the focus of continued applied research over the years, while research into smart-device-ecologies is a new, emerging, paradigm for intelligent environments.  The aim of this years track is to provide a forum for the latest research in both areas, with an integrated view where domestic robots and smart devices co-exist and collaborate within the new digital ecology paradigm.

The robots operating in tomorrow’s smart homes maybe represented by a diverse range of instances and maybe autonomous, fixed or mobile, specialised for a specific task around the home, or generalised devices capable of performing a number of general or specialised services.  Such robots will need to operate and co-operate with humans and other robots within the smart device ecology of the smart home.  Both robots and the ecology may have to learn, adapt and modify their behaviours along with the changing environment and needs of the occupants, with a goal of maintaining a synergy between all devices within the ecology to provide useful and optimal services.

Possible areas include but are not restricted to:

  • Smart device ecology connectivity
  • Event and transaction models for the smart device ecology
  • Infrastructure for device ecologies
  • Security implications for the smart ecosystem, policies and mechanisms
  • Smart device ecology services, set, adaptive, or emergent
  • Nature-inspired approaches to ecologies of robots and devices
  • Self-configuration and adaptation of ecologies of robots and devices
  • Information fusion across heterogeneous smart ecosystems
  • All aspects of robot interaction, but particularly with humans, robots and other devices within the device ecology within the domestic environment.
  • Behavioural paradigms and architectures for domestic robots covering traditional controllers and socially orientated controllers i.e. exploring various psychometric traits such as the irrational, rational, ego centric and so on.
  • Emergent service behaviours as a result of co-operative smart device interactions
  • Psychological and practical impacts of domestic robots working alongside humans within the domestic environment, adaptations of space and human behaviours, case studies and other experimental evidences.

This track will particularly welcome practical results, description and analysis of user experiments and demonstrations of working prototypes of domestic robots or smart device ecologies.


Contact Persons:

Simon Egerton, Simon.Egerton(at)infotech.monash.edu(dot)my
Alessandro Saffiotti, Sweden, asaffio(at)aass.oru.se


Important Dates:

Deadline for Manuscript Submission: April 3rd, 2009
Acceptance Decisions: April 24th, 2009
Final Accepted Manuscript: May 10th, 2009

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