HRI2010 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, March 2-5 2010, Osaka Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:22:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Proceedings available Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:06:11 +0000 The HRI2010 proceedings are now available in the ACM DL.

HRI 2010 Awards Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:44:28 +0000 The best paper was:
Min Kyung Lee, Sara Kiesler, Jodi Forlizzi, Siddhartha Srinivasa, & Paul Rybski “Gracefully Mitigating Breakdowns in Robotic Services”

The best Late-Breaking paper was:
Yuto Yamaji, Taisuke Miyake, Yuta Yoshiike, P. Ravindra De Silva, & Michio Okada “STB: Human-Dependent Sociable Trash Box”

The best video was:
Jeonghye Han, Seungmin Lee, Bokhyun Kang, Sungju Park, Jungkwan Kim, Myungsook Kim, & Mihee Kim “A Trial English Class with a Teaching Assistant Robot in Elementary School”

Conference Program Available Tue, 09 Feb 2010 03:46:02 +0000 Full conference program is now available as a PDF file. Click on the thumbnail below to download.


Extension of early registration deadline Mon, 01 Feb 2010 09:50:37 +0000 Because of the technical problem with the registration system caused on January 31st, we extended the early registration deadline until February 3rd, 2010. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Bus Tour Sun, 24 Jan 2010 10:05:21 +0000 We already closed the registration for the bus tour since it reached the maximum passenger count. Thanks.

The HRI conference is proud to announce the availability of a bus tour to three outstanding research laboratories on March 1st, 2010. We will visit:

The preliminary schedule is:

  • 9:00 – Start of the tour, the meeting point is at the Business Innovation Center Osaka
  • 10:00~11:30 – Technical tour at Osaka Univiversity
  • 12:30~13:30 – Lunch (Tenpura and Udon) at Osaka, 美々卯(mimiu). A vegetarian menu is available. The lunch is included in the registration fee.
  • 14:30~16:00 – Technical tour at ATR.
  • 17:30 – End of the tour, the bus will arrive at the Business Innovation Center Osaka
Student volunteers Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:45:56 +0000 We are pleased to announce that there is funding available to partially support Student Volunteers’ travel to HRI 2010.  Students receiving support will be expected to volunteer time to help with on-site registration and with general duties, as needed, from 1 March (early on-site registration, tutorials and workshops) to 5 March, 2010. Being a Student Volunteer is a great way to enter the HRI research community, meet other students in your field, and attend one of most important conferences in HRI. We are looking to include students with diverse backgrounds in HRI and from all parts of the world.

To request funding, please send the following information to

(1) Provide:

  1. Your Name,
  2. Your Affiliation (name and address of college/university),
  3. Your Contact Information (email address and telephone number(s)).

(2) Indicate:

  1. whether you are a part-time or full-time student, and include the name of your faculty advisor with email and telephone contact information;
  2. whether or not you are a (co)author of a paper or a late-breaking report at HRI10;
  3. if you are receiving or requesting funding from the Young Researchers Workshop on 2 March 2010
  4. Please include information about your area of study.

(3) A statement of your requested funding amount and a brief justification of your funding needs (250 words maximum).

Note that you do not have to have an accepted paper/poster at HRI10 to be considered for financial support. The deadline for the information submission is February 1, 2010.

Student Volunteers Co-Chairs

Min Kyung Lee
Carnegie Mellon University

Laurel Riek
University of Cambridge

Workshops and tutorials at HRI2010 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 16:52:35 +0000 The following workshops and tutorial will be held on Tuesday March 2, 2010.

You can register for workshops and tutorials at

Registration is now open. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 01:21:01 +0000 The registration page is now open. Please register at

Keynote of Josep Call Thu, 05 Nov 2009 08:07:34 +0000 We are pleased to announce that Joseph Call will give a keynote speech at the HRI2010 conference. The title of his talk is: “Action understanding and gesture acquisition in the great apes



A growing number of scholars have suggested that gestural communication may have been especially important in the early stages of language origins. Of special interest in this debate is the communication of other primates, especially those most closely related to humans, the great apes. The aim of this talk is to explore the interrelations between instrumental actions, action understanding and gesture generation in humans and other apes. In doing so, I will contrast the similarities and differences in the use and comprehension of gestures in humans and apes. Like humans, apes use gestures flexibly and they can even learn new gestures. Unlike humans, however, imitative learning does not seem to be the main mechanism underlying gesture acquisition in great apes. Instead apes seem to learn many of their gestures in social interaction with others via processes of ontogenetic ritualization by means of which instrumental actions are transformed into gestures. Like humans, apes can extract information about the goals contained in the actions of others but there is much less evidence that they also grasp some of the representational properties of certain kinds of gestures and the communicative intentions behind them.


Josep Call is co-founder and director of the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center (WKPRC) at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany, and a senior scientist at the department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology of the MPI-EVA. The WKPRC is the only center worldwide dedicated to the comparative study of the cognition of all four nonhuman great apes. He holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Emory University. Prior to joining the MPI-EVA, he was a lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. He has published two books and nearly two hundred articles and book chapters on the behavior and cognition of apes and other animals and has presented his work on numerous occasions at international. He is currently the associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology and a member of the editorial board of several other academic journals.

CFP: Video Session Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:44:42 +0000 We invite videos related to all aspects of HRI. This is a peer-reviewed session: besides the importance of the lessons learned and the novelty of the situation, the entertainment value will be judged. The videos will be published in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Guidelines and Requirements

  • Videos should be self explanatory. There will be no live narration or introduction.
  • As this is peer-reviewed and archival, the chairs strongly discourage videos which contain advertisements or are heavily promotional in nature.
  • No revisions will be accepted. Submit the final version.
  • Videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length. We recommend titles and credits last less than 3 seconds each.
  • The video cannot exceed 30MB (upload capped).
  • The video should play on standard PC and Macintosh computers with no 3rd party codecs added. Use Windows .avi,, or .mp4.
  • Do not use DRM.
  • Start the filename with the lead author’s last name.
  • The videos will be played on a projected screen. Therefore, please use a horizontal resolution of at least 640 pixels. If you can use a higher resolution and still stay under the MB cap, please do so.
  • If accepted, ACM requires video authors to sign a release. Copyright remains with author but 3rd party material must have verified copyright. Therefore, copyrighted media (music, video, etc) should not be included unless permission has been obtained. Authors are responsible for obtaining such permission.

Submission instructions
Submitting a video to the HRI 2010 Video Session is a two part process.

  1. Upload video: Use the upload method on to submit your movie. Please make sure the workspace below reports a successful upload.
  2. Email details to the chairs: Send the following in a plain text email to Aaron Steinfeld, This content will be included in the ACM Digital Library with the video.
    • Video title
    • Author 1, Affliation and email address
    • Author n, Affliation and email address
    • 350 word abstract

    For example:

    • A Happy Robot
    • Aaron Steinfeld, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University,
    • This video shows a robot which is happy when surrounded by friendly people. It becomes sad when everyone leaves.

The submission deadline is December 15st, 2009!