Trip Report HRI 2014

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So this was HRI2014…I was so looking foreword to it as I missed 2013 (due to job changes, moving to Vienna, getting married…all in all a trip to Japan was not feasible at that time). To summarize: HRI2014 totally met my expectations! I was so happy to meet so many people again, I missed for a long time! The program was greatly put together by Andrea and Tony. I enjoyed the sessions, paper and talk quality was really great. I am still ambivalent about the journal paper talks, as they were interesting on the one hand on the other hand I am not sure if a 20 min talk is the right format to transport the meaning of a journal paper. Another thing was that for some reasons the conference was pretty dense this year, as if my brain was not capable of fallowing so much content in such a short timeā€¦cannot say where that comes from.

Demos and posters were also interesting and well organized in the CITEC building (finally after 8 years of promising I made it to travel to Bielefeld ;-)). However, it would have been great if my 2 posters were next to each other, however, I forgot telling that the LBR chairsā€¦

Overall there were 9 workshops this year, of which one on Socially Assistive Robots for Older Adults was organized by Jenay Beer, Takanori Shibata, and me. We were very happy about the high quality of invited talks and also the poster presentations of the position statements from participants. The discussions were lively and honest and in my opinion very fruitful for further research in that field. If you are interested in details check the workshop website: http://workshops.acin.tuwien.ac.at/HRI2014_Elderly/index.html updates will be available soon!