Workshops & Tutorials


We are pleased to announce that the following two tutorials will be featured in this edition of HAI.

  • Tutorial 1: Natural Language in Human-Robot Interaction

    • 4th Oct 2016, 09:00 – 12:30
    • Venue: Potential, L13 Connexis North Tower, Fusionopolis
    • Speakers: Dr. Rafael E. Banchs, Dr. Seokhwan Kim, Dr. Luis Fernando D’Haro and Dr. Andreea I. Niculescu
    • Tutorial slides: Available in PDF
    • Abstract: In this tutorial, we present a comprehensive description of natural language interaction technologies along with its current and potential uses in human-robot interaction applications. First, we describe some fundamental concepts on perception, cognition, cognitive semantics, and multimodal semantics, focusing on the role of language as the main means for human-human communication. Second, we focus our attention on the problems of natural language understanding and dialogue, including the role of pragmatics on human’s usage of language. Then, communication interfaces are described along with the notion of conversational agents and its most common applications. Finally, the importance of design and embodiment in the success of deploying human-robot interfaces based on natural language is discussed, along with user studies and evaluation strategies.
  • Tutorial 2: Biological Data Analysis with Semi-parametric Estimation and Bayesian Nonparametrics

    • 4th Oct 2016, 13:30 – 17:30
    • Venue: Transform, L13 Connexis North Tower, Fusionopolis
    • Speaker: Prof. Kazushi Ikeda and Assoc. Prof. Takatomi Kubo
    • Abstract: Nowadays, machine learning and Bayesian inference are strong tools in Web Technology, Internet of Things, and Natural Sciences. This tutorial gives a basic idea of machine learning and Bayesian inference first, and show how to apply new machine learning models, semi-parametric estimation and Bayesian nonparametrics.
    • Schedule:
        • Topic: Bayesian Inference in Biological Data (1h)
          Speaker: Prof. Kazushi Ikeda
          – Concept of machine learning
          – Examples of application
        • Topic: Semi-parametric and Information Geometry (1h)
          Speaker:Prof. Kazushi Ikeda
          – Concept of semi-parametric estimation
          – Information geometry as a tool of estimation
          – Examples of application
        • 0.5h Coffee break
        • Topic: Bayesian Nonparametrics (1h)
          Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Takatomi Kubo
          – Concept of Bayesian nonparametrics
          – Examples of application


HAI 2016 will feature the following accepted Workshops. Please contact respective organisers for paper submission details.

  • Workshop 1: Enrobotment or Toy Robots in the Developing Brain

    • 4th Oct 2016, 09:00 – 12:30
    • Venue: Transform, L13 Connexis North Tower, Fusionopolis
    • Organised by Dr. Irini Giannopulu (, Pierre & Marie Curie University and Prof. Tomio Watanabe (, Okayama Prefectural University
    • Submission deadline: 30 May 2016
    • Acceptance notification: 20 Jun 2016
    • Program schedule (PDF)
  • Workshop 2: Next Generation Human-Agent Interaction Workshop

  • Workshop 3: Universal Translation

    • 4th Oct 2016, 09:00 – 12:30 (Technical Presentation), 13:30 – 17:30 (Meeting)
    • Venue: Resonance, L13 Connexis North Tower, Fusionopolis
    • Organised by Ms. Ai Ti Aw ( and Prof. Haizhou Li (, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR
    • Submission deadline: 15 July 2016
    • Acceptance notification: 30 July 2016
    • Program schedule (PDF)