HRI 2010 WORKSHOP: What do collaborations with the arts have to say about hRI?



William D. Smart

Washington University in St. Louis

Annamaria Pileggi

Washington University in St. Louis

Leila Takayama

Willow Garage

Bill Smart is an associate professor of computer science at Washington University in St. Louis. He co-directs the Media and Machines Laboratory, which carries out research in mobile robotics, computer graphics, machine learning, computer vision, and human-computer interaction. His research focuses on human-robot interaction, machine learning applied to the control of complex non-linear dynamical systems, and brain-machine interfaces.

Smart holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Brown University, an M.Sc in Intelligent Robotics from Edinburgh University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science from Dundee University. He is the co-founder of the ICRA Robot Challenge, past chair of the AAAI Mobile Robot Competition, and co-chair of the IEEE RAS Ad-Hoc Committee on Competitions and Challenges. His current research looks at how to take insights from the performing arts and apply them to human-robot interaction.

Annamaria Pileggi is an actor and director whose career has included collaborations with writers Theresa Rebeck and Barbara Damashek, directors Barney Simon of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and David Wheeler of the American and Trinity Repertory Theatres. Locally, she has directed at That Uppity Theatre, New Jewish, Onsite, Muddy Waters, Dramatic License, and HotCity theatres. In addition, she is on staff at HotCity as an Associate Director and Co-Producer of the theatre’s Greenhouse New Play Development Series. Pileggi is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and has been on the faculty of the Performing Arts Department since 1991. A three time recipient of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Pileggi directs and teaches courses in Acting, Movement for the Actor, and Musical Theatre. She also serves as an administrator and acting instructor for the department’s Shakespeare Globe Program in London. Pileggi has an MFA in acting from Brandeis University.

Leila Takayama is a human-robot interaction research scientist at Willow Garage, a company that is developing open-source, non-military, personal robots. Coming from a human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology, and communication perspective, she focuses her research upon problems of embodied interaction between people and robots, factors that influence the perceived agency of robots, and how robots might become invisible-in-use. She completed her PhD at Stanford (2008), where she was advised by Professor Clifford Nass. During graduate school, she worked part-time at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), mentored by Dr. Stuart Card. Prior to Stanford, she completed her BAs in Cognitive Science and Psychology at UC Berkeley (2003). She is currently working with animators and sound designers to work out non-verbal behaviors and non-speech sounds for making robot behaviors more human-readable.

UPDATE: THE results of this workshop are published!

You can find the published technical report from this workshop at the Washington University, Department of Computer Science & Engineering technical reports online here.

what’s this WORKSHOP about?

This is a workshop at the HRI 2010 conference in Osaka (Japan) that will take place on March 2, 2010.

What is the schedule for the workshop?

9:45-9:50       Welcome and Introduction

9:50-11:10     Robot Interactive Art

  9:50-10:10        Fernaeus - “Disturbing, Fragile, Inexorable” - PDF   

  10:10-10:30      St-Onge - “Human Interacting with Flying Cubic Automata” - PDF

  10:30-10:50      Velonaki - “Human-Robot Interaction in a Media Art Event” - PDF

  10:50-11:10      Discussion

11:10-11:40     Morning Break

11:40-13:10    Collaborating with the Arts

  11:40-12:00       Gray - “Expressive, Interactive Robots” - PDF

  12:00-12:10       Mead - “Automated Caricature of Robot Expressions in HRI” - PDF

  12:10-12:20       Kriz - “A Place for Fictional Robots in HRI Research?” - PDF

  12:20-12:40       Pileggi & Smart

  12:40-13:10       Discussion

13:10-14:10     Lunch Break

14:10-15:30    Robot Theater

  14:10-14:30       Demers - “Machine Performers” - PDF

  14:30-14:50       Murphy - “A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Flying Robots” - PDF

  14:50-15:10       Park - “A Miniature Robot Musical Using Roboid Studio” - PDF

  15:10-15:30       Discussion

15:30-16:00     Afternoon Break

16:00-16:10     Brainstorming Kick-off (Holmquist)

16:10-17:45     Brainstorming Session

17:45-18:00     Wrap-up

cFP (closed)

  1. 1.Full papers (8 pages) about the results of collaborations between HRI and the arts format ...OR...

  2. 2.Short position papers (2 pages) describing interesting possible collaborations between HRI and the arts

Submit your HRI2010 format paper by email to

with “[HRI 2010 WORKSHOP]” in the subject line


Submit full or short papers by: February 2, 2010, 5pm PST

Receive notification of acceptance by: February 9, 2010, 5pm PST

Submit final papers by: February 16, 2010, 5pm PST



how will my submission be documented?