Tony Belpaeme

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Together with Andrea Thomaz (Georgia Tech) we chair the Programme Committee of the 2014 edition of IEEE/ACM Human-Robot Interaction (HRI2014) in Bielefeld, Germany. This year’s edition focuses on (E)merging perspectives. HRI is a cross-disciplinary endeavour, marrying state-of-the-art AI and robotics with real-world applications in noisy and unstructured social environments. It is one of the final frontiers in robotics: after having planted robots on the moon and on Mars, and after having robot explore the deep seas, the field of HRI pushes to have robots closely interact with people. However, social HRI is as yet an unsolved scientific and technical challenge.