Conference Program

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Chairs: Susanne Biundo; Andreas Wendemuth
Venue: Ulm University Campus, Research Building N27, Meyerhofstraße, Ulm
Day 1 — Monday, Sept 11, 2017

8:30 — 9:00 Registration
9:00 — 9:15 Welcome and Introduction
9:15 — 10:45 Keynote 1
Modeling Human Communication Dynamics
Louis-Philippe Morency
Language Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA
10:45 — 11:15 Coffee ¹
11:15 — 13:00 Session 1: Strategy, Cognition, Models

  • Neurobiological Fundamentals of Strategy Change – A Core Competence of a Companion System
    A. Schulz, M. Woldeit, M. Brosch, F. Ohl
  • Preliminary Classification of Cognitive Load States in a Human Machine Interaction Scenario
    A. Oschlies-Strobel, S. Gruss, L. Jerg-Bretzke, S. Walter, D. Hazer-Rau
  • Pupil-Assisted Target Selection (PATS): State of the Art and Future Prospects
    C. Strauch, J. Ehlers, A. Huckauf
  • Requirements for a Companion System to Support Identifying Irrelevancy (Position Paper)
    M. Siebers, K. Göbel, C. Niessen, U. Schmid
  • Embedding of the Personalized Sentiment Engine PERSEUS in an Artificial Companion (Position Paper)
    S. Guo, C. Schommer
13:00 — 14:00 Lunch ¹
14:00 — 15:30 Session 2: Affective Signals

  • Stereotyped Gesture Recognition: An Analysis between HMM and SVM (Position Paper)
    M. Y. Camada, J. Cerqueira, A. M. Lima
  • Accelerating Manual Annotation of Filled Pauses by Automatic Pre-Selection
    O. Egorow, A. Lotz, I. Siegert, R. Böck, J. Krüger, A. Wendemuth
  • Inferring User’s Search Activity Using Interaction Logs and Gaze Data
    J. Schwerdt, M. Kotzyba, A. Nuernberger
  • Multimodal Fusion including Camera Photoplethysmography for Pain Recognition
    V. Kessler, P. Thiam, M. Amirian, F. Schwenker
15:30 — 16:00 Coffee ¹
16:00 — 16:45 Trends & Challenges 1
Towards Human State Assessment for Cooperative Human-Cyber-Physical Systems
Jochem Rieger
Applied Neurocognitive Psychology Lab, University of Oldenburg, Germany
16:45 — 17:30 Industry Talk 1
Paradigm Shift in Automotive User Interfaces
Frank Uhlig GmbH, Ulm, Germany
17:30 End of Program of Day 1
19:00 — open Conference Dinner
(includes Best Paper Award Presentation)

Day 2 — Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017

8:30 — 9:00 Registration
9:00 — 10:30 Keynote 2
Intelligent Machines – Intelligent Humans
Who Changes Whom

Klaus Bengler
Chair of Ergonomics, Technical University Munich, Germany
10:30 — 11:00 Coffee ¹
11:00 — 12:30 Session 3: Planning and Decision Making

  • SLOTH – The Interactive Workout Planner
    G. Behnke, F. Nielsen, M. Schiller, P. Bercher, M. Kraus, B. Glimm, W. Minker, S. Biundo
  • How to Manage Affective State in Child-Robot Tutoring Interactions?
    T. Schodde, L. Hoffmann, S. Kopp
  • Help Me Make a Dinner! Challenges When Assisting Humans in Action Planning
    G. Behnke, B. Leichtmann, P. Bercher, D. Höller, V. Nitsch, M. Baumann, S. Biundo
  • A Paradigm for Coupling Procedural and Conceptual Knowledge in Companion Systems (Position Paper)
    M. Schiller, G. Behnke, M. Schmautz, P. Bercher, M. Kraus, W. Minker, B. Glimm, S. Biundo
12:30 — 13:30 Lunch ¹
13:30 — 14:15 Trends & Challenges 2
Trends in Applications of Companion Technology to Space Exploration
Adrian Stoica
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
14:15 — 15:00 Industry Talk 2
Adaptive User Interfaces: From Vehicle Components to Transport Networks
Stas Krupenia
Styling and Vehicle Ergonomics, Scania AB, Södertälje, Sweden
15:00 — 15:30 Coffee ¹
15:30 — 18:00 Demonstration
BMW Car IT GmbH, Ulm, Germany
18:00 End of Program of Day 2
19:00 Guided tour through the old town of Ulm

Day 3 — Wednesday, Sept 13, 2017

8:30 — 9:00 Registration
9:00 — 10:30 Keynote 3
Prosodic Entrainment and Social Impact
Julia Hirschberg
Spoken Language Processing Group, Columbia University, NY, USA
10:30 — 11:00 Coffee ¹
11:00 — 12:00 Session 4: Systems

  • Adaptive Mobile Behavior Change Intervention Using Reinforcement Learning (Position Paper)
    L. Cai, C. Wu, K. J. Meimandi, M. Gerber
  • Adaptive Dynamic Network Architectures for Companion Systems (Position Paper)
    C. Jarvers, H. Neumann
  • Dialogues with IoT Companions Enabling Human Interaction with Intelligent Service Items (Position Paper)
    K. Jokinen, S. Nishimura, K. Fukuda, T. Nishimura
  • Possible Applications of Companion Systems in Psychotherapy – Perspectives on a New Technology (Position Paper)
    S. Walter, A. Oschlies-Strobel, M. Hasse, H. Traue, K. Limbrecht-Ecklundt, L. Jerg-Bretzke
12:00 — 12:45 Trends & Challenges 3
Challenges in Cognition-Based Human-Robot Collaboration
Joachim Hertzberg
Osnabrück University and DFKI Robotics Innovation Center, Osnabrück Branch, Germany
12:45 — 13:45 Lunch ¹
13:45 — 14:30 Industry Talk 3
Context is King
Axel Platz
User Interface Design, Siemens AG Corporate Research, Munich, Germany
14:30 — 15:45 Panel
Companion Technology – The Way Ahead
(Invited Speakers, Chairs)
15:45 — 16:30 Participants’ Townhall Meeting
(includes Best Presentation Award Ceremony)
Closing Remarks, Coffee, Farewell
16:30 End of Conference
¹   Poster presentations and discussion with summer school participants during all breaks