• February 27, 2015
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ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
**call for submissions, Inaugural alt.HRI track**

– December 7 14 (EXTENDED): Submission Deadline
– January 4: Notification of Acceptance
– January 17: Final Camera-Ready Deadline

alt.HRI invites high-quality submissions that push the boundaries of
human-robot interaction research and that have high potential for
impact. The goal for alt.HRI is to broaden the scope of research
presented at HRI 2016. alt.HRI is methodologically inclusive, and
especially welcoming unusual and innovative research methods. We
invite thought-provoking work that might not otherwise be featured at
the conference because it transcends established contribution

alt.HRI contributions are
– radical: they push the envelope, take risks, and fall outside
existing review processes
– relevant: they inspire broad interest and are timely
– rigorous: they are high-quality, well-argued contributions
Submissions will be rigorously peer-reviewed, in a double-blind
fashion, by an expert alt.HRI program committee.

alt.HRI Review criteria include:
– is the work compelling and relevant to an open-minded HRI audience?
– is there potential for impact, controversy, or thought-provoking
discussion, even if the work seems unusual, unlikely, or unorthodox?
– is the work rigorous, accepting that ‘rigor’ may fall outside of
what is typically published in HRI? Is the work well researched, well
argued, well written, well implemented, or fully detailed?
– does the work belong in alt.HRI and not an existing HRI track?

Accepted papers will be *orally presented* in the main program and
will be archived in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore Digital
Library. Up to eight anonymized, camera-ready pages in the IEEE format
including references, are allowed for each paper (templates available
online for MS Word and LaTeX2e). alt.HRI 2016 will follow a
double-blind review process, and authors must follow the HRI
guidelines for anonymizing submissions
Full papers must be submitted via PCS

Submission Topics
alt.HRI encourages the following types of submissions. For instance:

=== Critical HRI
Critical approaches to HRI. This includes speculative design proposals
to challenge assumptions, conceptions about the role that robots play
in everyday life. We invite thought provoking work and work that
challenges current approaches and thinking.

=== Learning from Small Samples
Rare and unusual experiences and instances can sometimes prove to be
more important and have more impact than large sample sizes of
regular, expected results. For example, more is often learned from a
single near accident (air, care, nuclear) than years of smooth
operation. We invite papers that richly describe and theorize from
such cases in HRI: single instances, outliers, exception cases, or
small samples that provide important insights and valuable lessons.

=== Best Practices in HRI Research and Design
Insightful reflection on best practices for HRI, sharing key lessons
learned in research and design. Papers may describe specific
techniques for prototyping and developing HRI systems, or designing
and conducting laboratory studies. Best practice papers provide
non-obvious insights that would prove valuable to other HRI

=== Reflections on HRI
Position papers that reflect on the field of HRI, its history, and
trajectory. We invite constructive reflections on past, present, and
future HRI practice and standards. Reflections papers may also put a
spotlight on the unique challenges faced by HRI researchers.

=== Novel Robotic Designs and Implementations
Quality implementations of highly innovative designs and
implementations that are provocative and inspiring. This includes
reports on robots that have inspiring, non-obvious, and novel
technical capabilities, communication approaches, morphologies, or

alt.HRI 2016 chairs
Friederike Eyssel, Universität Bielefeld
Malte F. Jung, Cornell University
James E. Young, University of Manitoba

alt.HRI Jury
Guy Hoffman, IDC Herzliya
Natalie Jeremijenko, NYU
Sara Kiesler, Carnegie Mellon University
Selma Sabanovic, Indiana University
David Sirkin, Stanford University
Leila Takayama, Google