The conference will take place on March 5-8, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.


The two easiest ways to get to the HRI conference at the Hilton Hotel, Back Bay, Boston are:

  1. Taxi: costs about $30 unless it’s rush hour (3 pm to 6:30 pm) when it will be somewhat more. Cabs are available outside the airline terminals all over Boston’s airport.
  2. MBTA (the Boston subway system): cost: $2.00; catch a bus at the airport that shuttles to the Airport station of the MBTA Blue line. Take the Blue Line in the direction of Bowdoin and get off at Government Center. Switch to the Green Line, E Train (NOT the B, C or D train) in the direction of Heath and get off at Prudential. Walk a block up Belvedere Street to 40 Dalton St. where the Hilton is on the corner.


The conference hotel is the Back Bay Hilton, located at 40 Dalton Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States 02115.

Conference attendees can make reservations to stay at the conference hotel (the BackBay Hilton in Boston, MA) by calling 1-800-HILTONS or they can make their reservation online at the BackBay Hilton HRI reservations website. When making reservations via the telephone, reference the “HRI 2012” room block. When making reservations online, attendees will need to reference the group code “HRI” in the group/convention field to receive the discounted rate. The hotel rate for HRI 2012 is $135 per night (which does NOT include state and local taxes).

Reservations for hotel rooms must be made by February 3, 2012.

Rooms at the Back Bay Hilton will be available at the conference rate between the dates of March 2, 2012 and March 11, 2012. Attendees do not have to request a hotel for all the nights, just those nights that they need. They are, however, welcome to stay at the hotel for nights before the conference begins, and after the conference ends at the conference rate.

Visa letter information

Requests for visa support letters for purposes of attending or presenting at the HRI 2012 conference and workshops are handled by ACM. International registrants should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements, and should plan travel well in advance. All visa inquiries must be handled by ACM headquarters.

Please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to You must include:

  • Your name;
  • Your mailing address;
  • The name of the conference you are attending (i.e., HRI 2012); and,
  • If you are an author of an accepted paper or poster, please provide the title.

Once the information is sent, ACM expects to issue the letter within a week. Please note that ACM does not issue formal “letters of invitation” to any of its conferences, only Visa Support Letters.


The registration page is now closed. Registration fees will be collected in US Dollars (USD). The amount you will pay in your local currency will depend on the daily exchange rate.

The registration fees are as follows:

Deadlines ACM/SIG/IEEE/ HFES/AAAI member Student member Non-member Student non-member
Early registration
Dec. 14, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012
575 USD 250 USD 675 USD 300 USD
Late registration
Feb. 1, 2012 – Feb 29, 2012
675 USD 350 USD 775 USD 400 USD
On-site registration
Mar. 5, 2012 – Mar. 8, 2012)
775 USD 450 USD 875 USD 500 USD

Registration to the conference includes admission to the poster session and reception at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD) for one person. Extra reception tickets may be purchased during registration for 40 USD or on site.

The workshop and tutorial fees are:
Full-day workshop/tutorial: 130 USD (before March 1), 200 USD (on-site)
Half-day workshop/tutorial: 65 USD (before March 1), 100 USD (on-site)

Details on workshops and tutorials will be announced in the conference program (available soon). You may register for workshops and tutorials even if you do not register for the full conference.