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Announcing a Workshop on Shared Control at SMC 2012
Date: Sunday October 14th 2012

Venue: COEX, Seoul, Korea

Cost: For registered SMC2012 delegates it is FREE!

Hosted at: SMC2012 (www.smc2012.org)

Organizers: David Abbink, Tom Carlson and Mark Mulder

Confirmed Speakers: Heinrich Bülthoff, José del R. Millán, Erwin R. Boer

An exciting, interactive workshop on “Shared Control,” will be  hosted at IEEE SMC 2012. Talks by   invited speakers---Heinrich Bülthoff (keynote at SMC2012), José del R. Millán (keynote at SMC2011) and Erwin R. Boer---we aim to stimulate thought, and strengthen common grounds and encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas. Through your active participation, we hope to bring together researchers from different disciplines, who will help define some common guidelines on the development, evaluation and future direction of shared control systems. For more details, please visit the website: http://cnbisrv02.epfl.ch/~tcarlson/smc2012wsc/index.html


Automation is intuitively likened to the replacing humans executing tasks with machines executing tasks. This has, for a good deal of time been the reality of automation engineering. However, advances in automating complex systems (aircraft, power plants, traffic management systems, etc.) have shown that the human operator remains an invaluable part in the control of these systems.
Over the past decades the principles of shared control have been gaining interest in the research and engineering community as a design approach that integrates the best of both worlds: the fast, reliable, precise and inexhaustible task execution capabilities of automation and the complementary inventive, adaptive and interactive task execution skills of humans. Although recent research has shown that shared control can enhance the capabilities of both human and automation in a wide variety of applications (driving, flying, wheelchair control, tele-operation of robots, etc.), there is not much consensus on how to design or particularly how to evaluate such systems.
The workshop will discuss the different types of shared control and the different kinds of applications for which shared control has been applied. By bringing a group of shared control experts from different fields together we want to facilitate the identification of a common ground for the evaluation of shared control systems such that we can learn more from each other's designs - even when applied to different fields.
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