Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ginevra Castellano

Ginevra Castellano is a Professor at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, where she leads the Social Robotics Lab. Her research interests are in the areas of social robotics and affective computing, and include social learning, personalized adaptive robots, multimodal behaviours and uncanny valley effect in robots and virtual agents. Over the last ten years she has been working on the development of computational abilities that allow robots to behave in a socially intelligent way in scenarios where robots provide social support to humans, for example as tutors in the classroom or as companions for children.

Assoc. Prof. Selma Šabanović

Selma Šabanović is an Associate Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). She founded and directs the R-House Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Lab at IUB. Her research combines the critical social studies of computing, focusing particularly on the design, use and consequences of socially interactive robots in different social and cultural contexts, with research on human-robot interaction (HRI). She has studied various applications of social robots, including eldercare, mental health, education, and in-home use, and performed comparative studies of robot design and user perceptions of robots in the US and Japan. Her research has been funded from the National Science Foundation, the Honda Research Institute, and IEEE. She currently serves on the HRI Conference steering committee, and as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction. She recently co-authored the book “Human-Robot Interaction: An Introduction”, published by Cambridge University Press.

Sebastian Robertson, Co-Founder & CEO, BIRDI

Sebastian Robertson is a recognised entrepreneur and executive. Sebastian is the co-founder and CEO of BIRDI, a technology platform that enables businesses to integrate drones into their operations by providing an ‘end to end’ drone management platform. Working with clients such as Boral, NSW Government, Insurance Council of Australia and numerous local councils, BIRDI is helping to shape the Australian drone industry.

Prior to BIRDI, Sebastian founded the social enterprise batyr, a preventative mental health charity, and was its founding CEO for 5 years, establishing batyr as a national leader in innovative programs for young people in mental health. Sebastian remains actively involved in the organisation as its Chairman.

He complements his experience in innovation and social enterprise with a double degree in Economics and Commerce and previously worked in finance at GE (General Electric). Sebastian was named Sydney Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the School for Social Entrepreneurs as well as being recognised by his alma mater as Young Alumnus of the Year at the Australian National University.

IMPORTANT DATES

All submissions need to be submitted by 23.59 HST Hawaii Standard Time.

Full Papers (4-8 pages):
22 June 2020 (Extended Deadline)

3 August 2020: Notification
30 August: Camera-Ready Submission

Posters (2 pages):
7 August 2020  (Extended Deadline)
17 August 2020: Notification 
30 August: Camera-Ready Submission

Workshops/Tutorials: CANCELED 
20 July 2020: Proposal Submission
27 July 2020: Proposal Notification 

Virtual Online Conference:
10-13 November 2020