CFP: New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction

A two-day symposium at AISB 2009 (8-9 April 2009), Edinburgh, Scotland

Held during the Science Festival (6-18 April 2009):


Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a growing research field with many application areas that could  have a big impact not only economically, but also on the way we live and the kind of relationships we may develop with machines. Due to its interdisciplinary nature different views and approaches towards HRI need to be nurtured. This symposium will provide a platform to discuss collaboratively recent findings and challenges in HRI. Different categories of submissions are encouraged that reflect the different types of research studies that are being carried out. The symposium will encourage a diversity of views on HRI and different approaches taken. In the highly interdisciplinary research field of HRI, a peaceful dialogue among such approaches is expected to contribute to the synthesis of a body of knowledge that may help HRI sustain its creative inertia that has drawn to HRI during the past 10 years many researchers from HCI, robotics, psychology, the social sciences, and other fields.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

•    Developments towards robot companions
•    User-centred robot design
•    Robots in personal care and health care
•    Robots in search and rescue
•    Sensors and interfaces for HRI
•    Human-aware robot perception
•    Dialogue and multi-modal human-robot interaction
•    Robot architectures for socially intelligent robots
•    HRI field studies in naturalistic environments
•    Robot assisted therapy
•    Robots in HRI collaborative scenarios
•    Robots in schools and in other educational environments
•    Robots as personal assistants and trainers
•    Robot and human personality
•    New methods and methodologies to carry out and analyze human-robot
•    interaction
•    Robots as companions and helpers in the home
•    Robots as assistive technology
•    Long-term or repeated interaction with robots
•    Creating relationships with robots
•    Expressiveness in robots
•    Sustaining the engagement of users
•    Personalizing robots and HRI interfaces
•    Human-robot teaching
•    Robots that learn socially and adapt to people
•    User experience in HRI
•    User needs and requirements for HRI
•    Robots as autonomous companions
•    Robots as remote-controlled tools
•    Embodied interfaces for smart homes
•    Ethnography and field studies
•    Cross-cultural studies

Note, articles that are specifically addressing ethical issues in HRI are
encouraged to submit to the AISB09 Symposium on .Killer robots or friendly
fridges: the social understanding of Artificial Intelligence., and may consider
to attend both symposia which will run back to back.

The symposium encourages submissions in any of the following categories. The
submission should clearly state which category the article falls under:

*N* Completed empirical studies reporting novel research findings
In this category we encourage submissions where a substantial body of findings
has been accumulated based on precise research questions or hypotheses. Such
studies are expected to fit within a particular experimental framework (e.g.
using qualitative or quantitative evaluation techniques) and the reviewing of
such papers will apply relevant (statistical and other) criteria accordingly.
Findings of such studies should provide novel insights into human-robot
interaction studies.

*E* Exploratory studies
Exploratory studies are often necessary to pilot and fine-tune the
methodological approach, procedures and measures. In a young research field
such as HRI with novel applications and various robotic platforms, exploratory
studies are also often required to derive a set of concrete research questions
or hypothesis, in particular concerning issues where there is little related
theoretical and experimental work. Although care must be taken in the
interpretation of findings from such studies, they may highlight issues of
great interest and relevance to peers.

*S* Case studies
Due to the nature of many HRI studies, a large-scale quantitative approach is
often neither feasible nor desirable. However, case study evaluation can
provide meaningful findings if presented appropriately. Thus, case studies with
only one participant, or a small group of participants, are encouraged if they
are carried out and analyzed in sufficient depth.

*P* Position papers

While categories N, E and S require reporting on HRI studies or experiments,
position papers can be conceptual or theoretical, providing new interpretations
of known results. Also, in this category we consider papers that present new
ideas without having a complete study to report on.  Papers in this category
will be judged on the soundness of the argument presented, the significance of
the ideas and the interest to the HRI community.

*R* Replication of HRI studies
To develop as a field, HRI findings obtained by one research group need to be
replicated by other groups. Without any additional novel insights, such work is
often not publishable. Within this category, authors will have the opportunity
to report on studies that confirm or disconfirm findings from experiments that
have already been reported in the literature. This category includes studies
that report on negative findings.

*D* Live HRI Demonstrations

Contributors may have an opportunity to provide live demonstrations (live or
via Skype), pending the outcome of negotiations with the local organization
team. The demo should highlight interesting features and insights into HRI.
Purely entertaining demonstrations without significant research content are

If authors feel that their particular paper does not fit any of the above
mentioned categories, then they should indicate this when submitting their
paper so that the reviewing process can take this into consideration.

Symposium Chair:

Kerstin Dautenhahn
Adaptive Systems Research Group
School of Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB

Submission of contributions:

We invite unpublished, original work as extended abstracts (up to 3 pages) or full papers of up to 8 pages (double column). In category *D* we invite one page descriptions detailing the demo and its associated research questions.

Symposium dates:

The 2-day symposium will run during the period 8-9 April 2009, please check:


All accepted contributions will be published in the symposium proceedings
(hardcopy and electronic copy). A special journal issue will be considered
and/or a book publication.

Important Dates:

5th January 2009 – Paper submission deadline
2th February 2009 – Notifications of acceptance
23rd February 2009 – Camera ready copies due

Programe Committee:

  • Takayuki Kanda, ATR, Japan
  • Ben Krose, UVA, the Netherlands
  • Aude Billard, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Kerstin Severinson Eklundh, KTH, Sweden
  • Takanori Shibata, AIST, Japan
  • Henrik I. Christensen, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Nuno Otero, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Michael Beetz, TUM, Germany
  • Greg Trafton, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
  • Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College, UK
  • Hatice Kose-Bagci, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Kolja Kuehnlenz, TUM, Germany
  • Michael A. Goodrich, Brigham Young University, USA
  • Yoshihiko Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Christoph Bartneck, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Michael L. Walters, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Karl F. MacDorman, Indiana University, USA
  • Hisato Kobayashi, Hosei University, Japan
  • Tatsuya Nomura, Ryukoku University, Japan
  • Dirk Wollherr, TUM, Germany
  • Kheng Lee Koay, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Astrid Weiss, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Monica Nicolescu, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
  • Sandra Hirche, TUM, Germany
  • Ben Robins, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Christine Lisetti, Florida International University, USA
  • Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, USA
  • Aaron Steinfeld, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Yoshihiro Miyake, Tokio Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Tomio Watanabe, Okayama Prefectural University, Japan
  • Haizhou Li, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
  • Adriana Tapus, USC, USA
  • Andrea Thomaz, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Jong-Hwan Kim, KAIST, South Korea
  • Sylvain Calinon, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Reid Simmons, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Julie Adams, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Aris Alissandrakis, Tokio Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Shuzhi Sam Ge, The National University of Singapore
  • Odest Chadwicke Jenkins, Brown University, USA
  • Dong-Soo Kwon, KAIST, South Korea
  • Wolfram Erlhagen, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Illah Nourbakhsh,Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Catherina Burghart, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Matthias Scheutz, Indiana University Bloomington, US

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