We invite videos related to all aspects of HRI. The videos must be self-explanatory for the audience, of scientific relevance, and fun to watch. Besides the importance of the lessons learned, the impact of content, and the novelty of the situation, the entertainment value will be judged. The videos will be peer-reviewed based on these criteria. Accepted videos will be published in the conference companion proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.


We offer the opportunity to demonstrate innovative ideas and advances in HRI. We invite demonstration proposals for cutting-edge systems that make interaction with robots more intuitive, seamless, and pleasant, or otherwise illustrate some aspect of HRI in an exciting and engaging way. Demonstration proposals will be peer-reviewed based on these criteria. Accepted demonstrations will be published in the conference companion proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates


14 December 2020: Deadline for submission of videos
08 January 2021: Notification of acceptance
18 January 2021: Final camera-ready deadline
08 – 11 March, 2020: Main Conference

Submission Instructions

For both categories above (videos and demonstrations), please submit a video and an abstract through the submission review website (to be announced). 

The video and abstract will be used by the chairs to judge suitability to the conference and program. The abstract should follow the ACM SIG proceedings specifications. The maximum number of pages is two (2) for abstracts, excluding references. Authors should use the sample-sigconf.tex or interim_layout.docx template files. Videos and abstracts must not be anonymized.

The abstracts must include:

  • Title
  • Authors (names, affiliation, email, address, etc).
  • Abstract (max. 100 words) and keywords.
  • One or more figures representing the video or demo overview.
  • Description of the video or demo, including both a technical overview and an explanation of novelty, importance, and/or usefulness.

Once accepted, the abstract and the related video will be included in the companion proceedings of the HRI conference in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore.

The submission deadline is December 14, 2020 for both videos and abstracts.

Guidelines and Requirements


  • Video content is expected to be high quality and to have human voice overs for explanations of the content. Text-to-speech and captions only are highly discouraged for submission and may impact acceptance of the video.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Do not anonymize the videos for review.

  • Videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length. Titles and credits are recommended to last less than 3 seconds each.

  • The submitted video files cannot exceed 70MB in size.

  • Our recommended video format is the .MP4 container format using the H264 codec (main or high profile) for the video track and the AAC codec for audio tracks. Submissions in .AVI, .MOV, 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.

  • Start the video filename with the lead author’s last name.

  • 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).

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.

Resources 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:

This is a more extensive book covering this topic area:

Authors can also easily post a job request at this web page to get a native English speaker to record their script:

Authors can use some visual tools to help with their videos:

Youtube has some good tutorials on making videos:

Here are some YouTube channels with excellent examples on how to communicate science:


The School of Life


We hope the above resources will be helpful for producing high quality video submissions for HRI2021. If you have questions or need additional information, please let us know. We look forward to your submissions and to seeing you next year at HRI 2021!

Video Chairs

Ginevra Castellano (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Ho Seok Ahn (University of Auckland, New Zealand)