AAAI 2017 Fall Symposium Series
November 9-11, 2017, Arlington, Virginia
email: human.agent.groups@gmail.com



Human-Agent Groups
Submissions due by August 2, 2017 via EasyChair
As robots and artificial agents become more prominent in human lives, they also increasingly become parts of groups and teams. Group interaction of humans and agents includes applications such as digital assistants for the home, social robots operating in malls, and groups of robots and artificial agents supporting first responders. However, most research on human-agent interaction still focuses on one human interacting with one agent. Research on group interactions between multiple humans, artificial agents, and robots is important and poses novel challenges not seen through dyadic interactions. It requires gathering and coordinating groups (of humans and/or of artificial agents) and addressing additional factors (e.g, intragroup dynamics) that contribute to a successful interaction.

The AAAI Fall Symposium on Human-Agent Groups: Studies, Algorithms and Challenges aims to bring scholars together to discuss groups in human-agent and human-robot interaction. We seek participation from scholars of multi-agent systems, human groups and human-robot interaction to (a) help inform research in human-agent groups, and (b) to spur interesting research directions in respective parent fields. For more details on submissions, please see the submissions tab.
Important Dates
  • Aug 2, 2017: Submission due via EasyChair (Extended Deadline)
  • Aug 4, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • Aug 25, 2017: Camera-ready copy due
  • Nov 9-11, 2017: Symposium at Arlington, Virginia
Perspectives of Interest
We invite researchers, designers, and practitioners with varied perspectives and research interests including:
  • multi-agent systems, robotics, autonomous agents
  • cognitive science, psychology, human factors engineering
  • human-robot interaction (HRI), human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • technology design, and applications involving human-agent groups
Traditionally, research on multi-agent systems in AI have primarily focused on teams of agents, while research in social psychology and related fields has primarily focused on teams of humans. This symposium aims to bring together researchers of groups from varied backgrounds to not only help inform research in human-agent groups, but to also potentially spur interesting research directions in respective parent fields.
Submission Topics
We welcome submissions on any topic and perspective relevant to human-agent groups, including the following sample topics of interest
  • Guidelines and insights from studies of human groups for human-agent groups
  • Tools and techniques from multi-agent systems for human-agent groups
  • Novel applications of AI for human groups, for example,
    • Agents for supporting human teams
    • Agents designed for a group of users (e.g., a digital assistant for the home)
  • Novel challenges in robot/interaction design due to human-agent groups, such as,
    • How does the presence of multiple robots affect human perceptions of and interactions with them?
    • How do features of the robots (e.g., appearance, behavior toward each other) affect that dynamic?
    • How do additional humans (directly or indirectly) affect human-robot interaction?
  • Novel challenges in multi-agent systems design due to human-agent groups, such as,
    • How does presence of humans in groups affect design of planning and learning algorithms for multi-agent systems?
    • How can algorithms from single human-single agent interaction apply to interaction in groups?
  • Novel challenges for supervisory control for supporting human-agent groups
  • Robots and autonomous agents as potential social category
Submission Format
We solicit full papers (6 to 8 pages) and short papers (2 to 4 pages).

Submissions are invited from all topics and perspectives of interest relevant to human-agent groups (see details below), and can include recent or ongoing research, position papers, and surveys relevant to human-agent groups. All accepted papers will be presented via breakout and poster sessions; additionally, full papers will also be considered for panel style discussions. AAAI will compile all the accepted papers into a AAAI technical report.

Papers and abstracts should be submitted through EasyChair.
Page length includes figures and references.
Please use the AAAI template to draft your submissions.
Important Dates
  • Aug 2, 2017: Submission due via EasyChair (Extended Deadline)
  • Aug 4, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • Aug 25, 2017: Camera-ready copy due
  • Nov 9-11, 2017: Symposium at Arlington, Virginia
Perspectives of Interest
We invite researchers, designers, and practitioners with varied perspectives and research interests including:
  • multi-agent systems, robotics, autonomous agents
  • cognitive science, psychology, human factors engineering
  • human-robot interaction (HRI), human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • technology design, and applications involving human-agent groups
Submission Topics
We welcome submissions on any topic and perspective relevant to human-agent groups, including the following sample topics of interest
  • Guidelines and insights from studies of human groups for human-agent groups
  • Tools and techniques from multi-agent systems for human-agent groups
  • Novel applications of AI for human groups, for example,
    • Agents for supporting human teams
    • Agents designed for a group of users (e.g., a digital assistant for the home)
  • Novel challenges in robot/interaction design due to human-agent groups, such as,
    • How does the presence of multiple robots affect human perceptions of and interactions with them?
    • How do features of the robots (e.g., appearance, behavior toward each other) affect that dynamic?
    • How do additional humans (directly or indirectly) affect human-robot interaction?
  • Novel challenges in multi-agent systems design due to human-agent groups, such as,
    • How does presence of humans in groups affect design of planning and learning algorithms for multi-agent systems?
    • How can algorithms from single human-single agent interaction apply to interaction in groups?
  • Novel challenges for supervisory control for supporting human-agent groups
  • Robots and autonomous agents as potential social category
Invited Speakers
  • Ana Paiva, Instituto Superior Técnico, INESC-ID, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Brian Lickel, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Christopher Amato, Northeastern University
  • Wendy Ju, Cornell Tech
Important Dates
  • Aug 2, 2017: Submission due via EasyChair (Extended Deadline)
  • Aug 4, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • Aug 25, 2017: Camera-ready copy due
  • Nov 9-11, 2017: Symposium at Arlington, Virginia
Organizing Committee
  • Marlena Fraune, Indiana University
  • Vaibhav Unhelkar, MIT
  • Bradley Hayes, MIT
  • Selma Šabanović, Indiana University
  • Julie Shah, MIT
  • Friederike Eyssel, Bielefeld University
  • Malte Jung, Cornell University
Contact Us
Please send questions or comments to the organizing committee at human.agent.groups@gmail.com