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2008 ACM/IEEE International Conference
on Human-Robot Interaction
(HRI 2008)

12-15 March 2008, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Living With Robots


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Today's robots require human-robot interaction (HRI) capabilities designed for the increasing variety of environments and contexts in which they operate. Teleoperation techniques are important in domains such as search-and-rescue, military operations, and space exploration, whereas human-like communications capabilities are necessary for robots operating in everyday settings such as home, office, shopping, and museum environments. In both cases, HRI is essential in enabling robots to transcend the role of mere tools and begin to collaborate with humans to accomplish complex tasks. The Third Annual Conference on Human-Robot Interaction is dedicated to these and other issues in HRI. The theme of HRI 2008, "Living With Robots", highlights the importance of the technical and social issues underlying long-term human-robot interaction towards companion and assistive robots for long-term use in everyday life and work activities. HRI is a single-track, highly selective annual conference that seeks to showcase the very best interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in human-robot interaction with roots in psychology, cognitive science, HCI, human factors, artificial intelligence and robotics, and we invite broad participation.



General Co-Chairs

Kerstin Dautenhahn

Univ. of Hertfordshire


Terry Fong

NASA Ames Research Ctr.

Program Co-Chairs

Matthias Scheutz

Univ. of Notre Dame


Yiannis Demiris

Imperial College

Publicity Co-Chairs

Geb Thomas

Univ. of Iowa


Takayuki Kanda



Vanessa Evers

Univ. of Amsterdam

Registration Chair

Guido Bugmann

Univ. of Plymouth

Exhibitions Co-Chairs

Albert van Breemen

Philips Research


Holly Yanco
Univ. of Mass. / Lowell


Kerstin Severinson Eklundh


Finance Co-Chairs

Julie A. Adams

Vanderbilt University


Curtis Nielsen

Idaho National Lab

Video Session Chair

Christoph Bartneck

Tech. Univ. of Eindhoven

Local Arrangements

Ben Kr�se

Univ. of Amsterdam


Marcel Heerink

Hogeschool van Amsterdam


Michael Goodrich,

Brigham Young Univ.

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Full and Short Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format for full and short papers.Eight camera-ready pages including figures are allowed for each full paper. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings, archived in the ACM Digital Library, and assigned for either oral or full poster presentation.Authors are also encouraged to submit their late-breaking results for short papers.Two pages are allowed for each short paper.Accepted short papers will be assigned for short poster presentation, but will not be published in the conference proceedings. Detailed instructions are available on the conference web site:

Video Submission

We invite videos related to all aspects of HRI. Besides the importance of the lessons learned and the novelty of the situation, the entertainment value will be judged. The video itself must be self-explanatory for the audience. The videos will be published in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Tutorials and Workshops

Proposals are sought from those wishing to organize a Tutorial or a Workshop on a HRI-related theme. Tutorials and Workshops will be held on March 12, one day before the main technical sessions.


There will be an exhibition site at the conference and promoters are encouraged to display state-of-the-art products and services in all areas of robotics and human-robot interaction.

Suggested Topics


Socially intelligent robots

Robot companions

Lifelike robots

Assistive (health & personal care) robotics

Remote robots

Mixed initiative interaction

Multi-modal interaction

Long-term interaction with robots

Awareness and monitoring of humans

Task allocation and coordination

Autonomy and trust

Robot-team learning

User studies of HRI

Experiments on HRI collaboration

Ethnography and field studies

HRI software architectures

HRI foundations

Metrics for teamwork

HRI group dynamics

Individual vs. group HRI

Robot intermediaries

Risks such as privacy or safety

Ethical issues of HRI

Organizational/society impact

Important Dates

HFES LogoAAAI Logo10 September 2007      Submission of papers, videos, and tutorial/workshop proposals

12-16 November 2007  Rebuttal period

In cooperation with IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics society
7 December 2007         Notification of acceptance

11 January  2008         Final camera-ready papers due