ICIRA 2016 is supported by:
● IEEE SMC Japan Chapter
● Research Center for
    Community Centric Systems
    Research Center for Community Centric Systems
    Robotics Task Force

Advisory Committee:

Jorge Angeles
McGill University, Canada
Hegao Cai
Harbin Institute of Tech., China
Tianyou Chai
Northeastern University, China
Jiansheng Dai
King’s College London, UK
Toshio Fukuda
Meijo Univ., Japan
Fumio Harashima
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Huosheng Hu
University of Essex, UK
Han Ding
Huazhong Univ. of Sci. & Tech., China
Oussama Khatib
Stanford Univ., USA
Zhongqin Lin
Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., China
Imre Rudas
Obuda University, Hungary
Shigeki Sugano
Waseda University, Japan
Guobiao Wang
National Natural Sci. Found. of China, China
Kevin Warwick
University of Reading, UK
Bogdan M. Wilamowski
Auburn University, USA
Ming Xie
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Youlun Xiong
Huazhong Univ. of Sci. & Tech., China
Huayong Yang
Zhejiang University, China

Organizing Committee:

General Chair:
Naoyuki Kubota
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

General Co-chairs:
Xiangyang Zhu
Shanghai JiaoTong University,China
Kok-Meng Lee
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jangmyung Lee
Pusan National University, Korea

Program Chair:
Kazuo Kiguchi
Kyushu University, Japan

Program Co-chairs:
Honghai Liu
University of Portsmouth, UK
Chun-Yi Su
Concordia University, Canada
Janos Botzheim
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Special Sessions Chair:
Kazuyoshi Wada
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Special Sessions Co-Chairs:
Alexander Ferrein
University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Chu Kiong Loo
University of Malaya, Malaysia
Jason Gu
Dalhousie University, Canada

Award Committee Chair:
Toru Yamaguchi
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Award Committee Co-Chairs:
Kentaro Kurashige
Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan
Kok Wai (Kevin) Wong
Murdoch University, Australia

Workshop Chairs:
Yasufumi Takama
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Workshop Co-chairs:
Simon Egerton
Monash University, Malaysia
Lieu-Hen Chen
National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

Publication Chairs:
Takenori Obo
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Publication Co-Chairs:
Taro Nakamura
Chuo University, Japan
Chee Seng Chan
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Publicity Chair:
Hiroyuki Masuta
Toyama Prefectural University, Japan

Publicity Co-Chair:
Jiangtao Cao
Liaoning Shihua University, China
Mattias Wahde
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Simon X. Yang
University of Guelph, Canada

Financial Chair:
Takahiro Takeda
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Zhaojie Ju
University of Portsmouth, UK

Workshop, ICIRA 2016

    The aim of workshops at ICIRA 2016 is to discuss cutting edge topics in robotics and related research fields from inter- and trans-disciplinary points of view. Therefore, workshops at ICIRA 2016 are open to the public (students, non-registered participants, etc.).

    A paper of 4-12 pages with the same format as ICIRA2016 conference papers is acceptable to the workshops. Each submission will be peer-reviewed, the accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings, which are independent from the conference proceedings. At least, one of author(s) of each paper must pay a regular or student registration of ICIRA 2016 by June 30.

- Deadline for Paper Submission: June 2, 2016
- Notification of Acceptance: June 16, 2016
- Early Bird Registration: June 30, 2016
- Deadline for Final Manuscripts: June 30, 2016

    Workshop papers have to be submitted directly to the workshop organizer with the paper title, authors, affiliation, and e-mail address of contact person.

Workshop 1

Workshop on Open Innovation and Incubation for Service Robots

Takenori Obo, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Takeo Ainoya, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Committee Members:
Keiko Kasamatsu, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Naoyuki Kubota, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Yasuchika Mori, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Naoyuki Takesue, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Introduction to the workshop:
    The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and companies active in advancing the technology for service robots to realize the open innovation and incubation. Recently, various types of service robots have been developed to realize care and assistance for people and natural communication with people, e.g., childhood education, elderly care, daily life assistance, and rehabilitation support. Such a robot should be adaptive for human-robot symbiosis in the surrounding environments including human and robot. This workshop focuses on issue of the demands for service robot manufacturing, such as how to customize a wide range of robot products, utilize service robots for improving the standard of living, and create the new needed robot markets. In this workshop, we hope that academic and industrial researchers will discuss activities to meet the new customer trends in order to start their future collaboration.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
   - Platforms for service robots
   - Application for service robots
   - Physical design for service robots
   - Modular robotics for service robots
   - Human-centric robotics
   - Community-centric robotics
   - Human assistance robot system

Workshop 2

Workshop on Community-centric Systems as Interdisciplinary Study

Yasufumi Takama, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Introduction to the workshop:
    The concept of community-centric system has been proposed to solve various kinds of problems in urban society, which includes disaster prevention, tourism, smart cities, and quality of life (QOL). Definitely, community-centric systems are one of hot research areas in which robotics is expected to play a crucial role.
    Last year, we successfully held the International Workshop on Community Centric System (IWCcs2015, http://www.comp.sd.tmu.ac.jp/iwccs/), which was the first meeting on community centric systems. The workshop revealed it is an interdisciplinary study and robotics should collaborate with various research areas such as social big data analysis, signal processing as fundamental technologies for human computer interaction, health, welfare, and nursing care.

    The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers to present and exchange ideas, results and experiences in the area related with community centric systems in a broad sense.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Fundamental technologies
   - Social robotics
   - Social big data
   - Information recommendation
   - Gesture recognition
   - Speaker verification
   - Multimodal interaction
   - Affective computing
   - Smart houses / city
   - Quality of life
   - Disaster prevention
   - Green innovation
   - Quality of community
   - Community support in health, welfare, and care