This year I was co-chair for the New Frontiers in HRI symposium in 2015 together with Maha Salem, Paul Baxter, and Kerstin Dautenhahn. The symposium took place from the 21st to the 22nd of April in Canterbury, UK. The main idea of the symposium is to encourage submissions in a variety of categories also promoting exploratory work and small case studies. The symposium was the fourth one of a series which started at AISB2009 in Edinburgh where I was already presenting research performed for my PhD.
This year’s symposium was like the previous ones characterised by excellent presentations as well as extensive and constructive discussions of the research among the participants. Moreover, Ross Mead and Maja Mataric were awarded for best paper, entitled: “Robots Have Needs Too: People Adapt Their Proxemic Preferences to Improve Autonomous Robot Recognition of Human Social Signals”.