RSS 2020 Workshop.

Performing Arts Robots & Technologies, Integrated (PARTI)

Naomi Fitter, Oregon State University
naomi.fitter@oregonstate.edu, https://naomifitter.com/

Heather Knight, Oregon State University
knighth@oregonstate.edu, http://www.marilynmonrobot.com/

Amy LaViers, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
alaviers@illinois.edu, https://radlab.mechse.illinois.edu/

Important Dates
Submission deadline: April 9, 2020
Notification date: April 30, 2020
Finalized submission deadline: May 8, 2020
Workshop date: July 12, 2020

[Update, March 25: RSS will now be a virtual event in light of precautions for coronavirus.  We are working to make this the best virtual “parti” ever, so please keep your submissions coming!]

Bringing robots to human-facing scenarios poses new challenges for roboticists; one resource in navigating these challenges is the performing arts, where experts routinely design meaningful moments through choreographed, expressive onstage bodies. This lively workshop brings experts from the performing arts and engineering together to address the opportunities at this intersection. It will feature selected posters, performances, and keynotes from esteemed members of each discipline who are working at this intersection already. This workshop is organized in parallel with a robot variety show at the Corvallis Majestic Theater on the evening of July 14, which will feature selected workshop participants. As part of the workshop, participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to new performance creations. 

Prospective participants should prepare a 1- to 3-page abstract. Submissions should be related to robots in the performing arts, and will be scored based on relevance to the workshop theme, novelty, and quality. Submissions that would like to be considered for live performance at RSS (in the workshop and/or robot variety show) should include a video (10 minutes maximum length) showcasing the robotic performance itself. Authors should use the RSS paper format when preparing their manuscripts and submit manuscripts and video links to naomi.fitter@oregonstate.edu by 11:59pm PST on April 30, 2020.

Accepted authors of performances will be expected to present during the morning of the workshop, and accepted papers will be presented during a poster session in the afternoon. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop.

Keynotes:  Sydney Skybetter and Guy Hoffman