The 2008 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2008)

May 19-23, 2008
The Hyatt Regency Irvine
Irvine, California, USA



Special Session on Collaborative Robots and Human Robot Interaction

Submission Deadline: January 21, 2008



The presence of robotic technologies (from small unmanned ground sensors to multi-ton unmanned vehicles) and concurrent existence of research and development programs is growing in many field applications, in both military and civilian operational environments.  In the near future, we anticipate that robots will be increasingly employed collaboratively to achieve common goals.  The interaction among collaborative robots as well as between robots and their human operators is critical to the successful employment of robots, and, therefore, needs careful examination.

This special session on collaborative robots - to be held as part of the 2008 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems, May 19-23, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Irvine, California, USA - will focus on the areas of collaborative robotic technologies (including unmanned aerial, sea and ground vehicles) and human-robot-interaction.  We invite original contributions from researchers in academia, research laboratories, and the computer industry on these emerging and important areas of information technology.  Our goals are to provide a dedicated session that fosters closer interaction among researchers and user communities, and to provide a forum in which researchers and users can exchange their findings and ideas.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Collaborative Robots and Unmanned Vehicles

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)


Authors are invited to submit original papers to the special session organizers by January 21, 2008.  Electronic (postscript or pdf) submissions are encouraged and should be sent to,, and  For other electronic formats, please check with the organizers.  All submitted manuscripts will have at least three reviewers.  Draft papers should not exceed 5000 words.  In addition, include up to 5 keywords and an abstract of no more than 350 words.  Submissions should also include the title, authors name, affiliation, e-mail address, fax number and postal address.  In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence must be indicated.  For non-electronic submission, please send four copies of the manuscript to one of the special session co-organizers.


Dr. Kuo-Chi “Kurt” Lin
Institute for Simulation and Training (IST)
University of Central Florida
3280 Progress Drive
Orlando, FL 32826         USA
Voice: (407) 823-0137
Fax: (407) 823-0208

Dr. Jessie Chen
Army Research Laboratory- Human Research & Engineering Directorate
12423 Research Parkway
Orlando, FL 32826         USA
Voice: (407) 384-5435
Fax: (407) 384-5454

Mr. Louis Chan
Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory (IDAL)
Sensors Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory
Bldg 620, 2241 Avionics Circle
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433     USA
Voice: (937) 904-9597

Technical Program Committee:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the special session technical program committee members.


Abstract Submission Deadline -------------------------------- January 21, 2008
Notification of Acceptance --------------------------------------- February 11, 2008
Registration & Camera-Ready Manuscripts Due -------------- March 6, 2008

For information or questions about Symposium's paper submission, tutorials, exhibits, demos, panel and special sessions organization, please consult the conference web site at URL: or contact the symposium co-chairs: Bill McQuay at AFRL/RYT, WPAFB ( or Waleed W. Smari at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton (