The HRI 2018 conference invites videos related to all aspects of HRI. The videos must be self-explanatory for the audience. A peer review process will judge videos on content, lessons learned, novelty, and entertainment value.
Important Dates for Videos
- Submission: Extended to December 8, 2017 (Anywhere on earth, submit an one-page abstract in ACM format. Please use the sample-sigconf.tex or ACM_SigConf.docx files, and video file via PCS)
- Acceptance Notification: December 22, 2017
- Camera-Ready Version: January 15, 2018
Proposed videos must be accompanied by an abstract that will be used by the co-chairs to judge suitability to the conference and program. The abstract should follow the ACM paper template and must include:
- Authors (names, affiliation, email, address, etc)
- Abstract (max 100 words) and keywords
- One or more figures representing the video content
- Description of the video, including both a technical overview and an explanation of novelty, importance, and/or usefulness
Once accepted, the abstract and video will be included in the adjunct proceedings of the HRI conference in the ACM Digital Library. Moreover, selected videos will appear in the Special HRI Issue on IEEE Spectrum Video Friday.
Requirements and Guidelines
Video content should be self-contained and self-explanatory. There will be no live narration or in-person introduction when videos are presented in the session.
- Do not anonymize videos for review.
- Videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length and 100MB in size.
- Videos will be presented on a projected screen in the aspect ratio of 16 by 9.
- Video content is expected to contain captions for increased accessibility. Human voice-overs by native speakers are preferred, but text-to-speech is better than no voice overs.
- Video content should not contain advertisements or be heavily promotional in nature.
- Submission files that are finalized need to be ready to be played as-is, without revision at the conference.
- ACM requires video authors to sign a release granting permission to use the video content for the HRI conference. Copyright of the video remains with the author. Video authors are responsible for obtaining permission for any third party copyrighted material (music, video, images, etc.) in the video. Such content should not be included unless permission has been obtained prior to submission.
Video Format Details
- Our recommended video format is the .MP4 container format using the H.264 codec (main or high profile) for the video track and the AAC codec for audio tracks. Submissions in .AVI, .MOV, .WMV, or .MKV containers (possibly using other codecs) will also be considered.
- Authors should verify that their submission is viewable using a recent version of VLC media player (cross-platform). Ideally, the submitted file will play on computers with recent Linux, OSX, or Windows operating systems without requiring third party codecs to be installed.
- Videos should have the aspect ratio correctly set (i.e. playing them should not require user interaction to avoid stretching).
- Check that audio and video tracks play synchronously, if relevant for the submission.
- Do not use Digital Rights Management (DRM) on your video file submission.
- Videos will be presented on a projected screen. Please use a horizontal resolution of at least 640 pixels. We recommend that you use the maximum resolution permitted within the file size restrictions (please do not exceed 2048 × 1080).
Please submit your video and video content abstract through the submission review website (PCS). For the video content abstract, the maximum number of pages is one (1). MS Word and LaTeX2e templates are available at the ACM website. Please use the sample-sigconf.tex or ACM_SigConf.docx files. Authors are not allowed to anonymize the submission for reviews. The following resources would also be of your help to develop high-quality videos:
- This resource is a useful book to begin to think about your video development that is also available in Japanese: http://www.tomschroeppel.com/
- This is a more extensive book covering this topic area: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0240812417
- Authors can also easily post a job request at this web page to get a native English speaker to record their script: https://www.voices.com/
- Authors can use some visual tools to help with their videos: http://www.videoscribe.co/
- Youtube has some good tutorials on making videos: https://creatoracademy.withgoogle.com/page/education
- Here are some YouTube channels with excellent examples on how to communicate science:
We hope the above resources will be helpful for producing high-quality video submissions this year. If you have questions or need additional information, please let us know. We look forward to your submissions and to seeing you this year at HRI 2018 in Chicago, USA!
Hideyuki Nakanishi, Osaka University, Japan
Bram Vanderborght, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium