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CfP HRI Workshop “The Forgotten in HRI: Incidental Encounters with Robots in Public Spaces”

HRI Workshop The Forgotten in HRI: Incidental Encounters with Robots in
Public Spaces - Call for Papers
Monday, March 23, 2020

Workshop at the 15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot
Interaction, on March 23rd 2020 in


Important Dates
January 31, 2020

Submission deadline for workshop papers

February 22, 2020

Notification of acceptance

March 23, 2020



HRI research has predominantly focused on laboratory studies, producing a
fundamental understanding of how humans interact with robots in controlled
settings. As robots transition out of research and development labs into the
real world, HRI research must adapt. We argue that it should widen its scope
to explicitly include people who do not deliberately seek an interaction with
a robot (users) but find themselves in coincidental presence with robots. We
refer to this often-forgotten group as InCoPs (incidentally copresent
persons). In this one-day workshop, we aim to explore studies, design
approaches, and methodologies for testing robots in real-world environments,
considering both users and InCoPs. The first part of the workshop will consist
of invited talks addressing the subject from different angles, followed by
plenary discussions. Building upon this common basis, participants will then
work in small groups to explore (a) human behavior found in empirical studies,
(b) robot and interaction design and (c) methodology, respectively. This group
phase in the second half of the day will focus on the exemplary scenario of
delivery robots in urban environments. At the end, key aspects across all
three topics will be identified and discussed to map out research needs and
desirable next steps in the field.

Workshop Format and Schedule

The first part of this full-day workshop will include of invited talks as well
as 10 minute presentations based on submitted papers with 5 minutes of

Invited speakers:

Dr. Astrid Weiss, Technical University Vienna: "Bystanders as informants
for HRI in public space"
Dr. Dylan James Moore, Stanford University: "The Design of Implicit
Pedestrian-Autonomous Vehicle Interactions".

In the second part of the workshop, a delivery robot will be introduced by the
workshop hosts via a brief video as a common example for the work phase.
Groups of up to 10 people will focus on the following topics:

1. Human behavior What types of behaviors have been observed or are to be
expected from InCoPs when encountering a robot?
2. Design How to design for InCoPs? How is it different from designing
for a user?
3. Methodology How to study the behavior and experience of InCoPs in the
real world?

Accompanied by a moderator from the team of workshop organizers, participants
will share and discuss ideas and lessons learned from their own background.
Beyond the exchange of experiences, each group will include societal and
ethical issues as well as what they consider needs for action. The workshop
will conclude with each group presenting their ideas developed in the work
phase and discussing them in plenary.

Targeted Audience

We invite participants from all fields in HRI who are concerned with bringing
robots into the real world. We would like to represent the diversity of fields
in HRI in our workshop to gather innovative ideas and have fruitful
discussions. However, we will especially focus on scenarios of coincidental
human-robot encounters in the wild and welcome participants designing for and
studying these encounters.


Submissions can range from technical navigation and control topics that
explicitly considered InCoPs over designing robots and their interaction with
humans, psychological theories and empirical field studies of robots, to
ethical and societal issues with robots in wild. We welcome theoretical papers
and position papers as well as empirical studies and design and development
concepts of 4 pages maximum in PDF format following the proceeding
specifications of LBRs to Astrid Rosenthal-von der
Ptten until January 31, 2020.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by February 22nd and accepted authors will
be asked to give a 10 minute presentation.

The following topics are exemplary:

1. Human behavior, e.g., verbal and nonverbal behavior (e.g. to negotiate
the right of way), explorative behavior, robot abuse or robot bullying,
attempted thefts, etc.
2. Design, e.g., approaches to approximating the very diverse group of
InCoPs, approaches to testing and validating robot design in the wild, etc.
3. Methodology, e.g., the role of field studies and exploratory studies,
the use of qualitative data and mixed methods; potentials and limits of covert
observation studies, etc.


Astrid Rosenthal-von der Ptten, Chair Individual and Technology at RWTH
Aachen University.

Laura Platte, Chair Individual and Technology at RWTH Aachen University.

Anna M. H. Abrams, Chair Individual and Technology at RWTH Aachen University.

David Sirkin, Director for Interaction Design at Stanford University's Center
for Design Research

Kind regards,
Astrid Rosenthal-von der Ptten

Prof. Dr. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Ptten
Chair Individual and Technology
Human Technology Center
RWTH Aachen University
Theaterplatz 14, Room 228
52062 Aachen, Germany

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