Call: 25th IEEE International Symposium on Human and Robot Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016)

IEEE RO-MAN 2016 Call For Papers, Workshops, and Tutorials
25th IEEE International Symposium on Human and Robot Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016)

Conference Date & Place: August 26-31, 2016, Columbia University, New York City, USA

Submission Deadlines:
Proposals for Special Sessions: January 15, 2016
Workshops & Tutorials: January 15, 2016
Full Papers: February 12, 2016
Interactive Session (Extended Abstracts): May 22, 2016
Demonstration Session: May 22, 2016
Video Session: May 22, 2016

This year, the IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) for 2016 will be held from August 26 – 31, 2016 at Columbia University, Teachers College in New York City! The conference will highlight productive working partnerships between humans and robots by convening the theme of Human-Robot Collaboration that includes robotic use in research and design, and the development of robots that interact collaboratively with humans, and support human-human collaboration.

This coming year is the 25th anniversary of RO-MAN, and the organizing committee would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the progress that has been made in the robots/robotics field, as well as examine how the area of robotics is evolving in the areas of robot designs; interfaces and interaction modalities; robot autonomy and teleoperation; robot expressiveness; interaction kinesics; social/emotional learning and skill acquisition by robots; and design of best practices when optimizing for human-robot interaction.

In addition, the conference will explore new, broader definitions of robots/robotics, such as, robotic devices that augment human performance (both physically and mentally), architecture/platforms for operating robots, robots in space, ubiquitous robots, crowdsourcing human-robot interaction based on interaction style, virtual robot apps and virtual humans for future robot applications in education, robots in healthcare services, exoskeleton bionic devices, role of data analytics and robots, and implementing sophisticated cognitive mental models in robots.

Full details of the conference and submission types are provided on


Special sessions are specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme. The purpose of special sessions is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. Accepted papers for special sessions will be published in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

The minimum number of papers per special session is “4.” Each special session proposal must include at least 4 oral presentations. If there are less than 4 oral presentations identified in the proposals, the special sessions can invite other authors to contribute their papers. If authors are interested in proposing multiple special sessions on the same topic, to make sure that the number of oral presentations is a multiple of 4.

Special sessions’ papers will be submitted via the main conference submission system following the same guidelines as for regular papers, will be peer-reviewed, and will appear in the conference proceedings. If accepted, the organizers of the special session will be responsible for the high-quality peer-review of the submitted papers according to IEEE standards. The organizers will be Associate Editors (AE) for the proposed session. They are also responsible for assigning reviewers and making judgment about the submitted proposals for the special session.

More information on submitting a Special Session proposal can be found at


Tutorials should target established fields of research by individuals who are recognized researchers in that field. Workshops should focus on areas of active research, to provide an informal forum for participants to exchange developing research results and ideas. We encourage state of the art programs that have high levels of interest, impact, creativity and innovation to attract a broad audience. Workshops and tutorials that focus on academia-industry partnerships and technology transfer of robotics research are welcome. The primary criteria for selection are: anticipated level of interest, impact, novelty or creativity, and technical background of presenters.

For more information on submitting a tutorial or workshop contribution, see


Full papers are four to six camera-ready pages, including figures (with an option to extend to eight pages with an additional fee). The maximum file size is 2 MB. To facilitate quality interdisciplinary reviewing, authors will be required to select a topic area for their full paper submission. These topic areas (Empirical; Technical & Methodological; Design; Educational & Theoretical) represent different types of contributions to human-robot interaction and thus involve different emphasis for evaluating what constitutes a significant contribution to the field. See below.

(Empirical Studies): Human-Robot Interaction includes naturalistic and experimental studies of how humans and robots interact in real-world settings, laboratory settings, or in experimental scenarios to establish new understanding, principles, and recommendations for human-robot interaction.

(Technical & Methodological): Advances in Human-Robot Interaction includes contributions that describe new robot systems, algorithms, and computational methods that enable robots to better understand, interact with, and collaborate with their users.

(Design) Human-Robot Interaction includes research related to robot design from a broad spectrum of design practices, including interaction design, and service design.

(Educational & Theoretical) Human-Robot Interaction includes contributions that relate to educational use of robots and robotic systems in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) related subject areas and beyond. Theoretical contributions relate to theoretical studies or visions on the future of robot-human interactions, including potential challenges, needs, and implications.

Full papers will be submitted via the main conference submission system, peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The program committee will be responsible for the high-quality peer-review of the submitted papers according to IEEE standards (3 anonymous peer-reviews).

Authors are encouraged to review the extended call for papers on the conference website for more information regarding the themes, submission procedures, and evaluation criteria at


The RO-MAN 2016 interactive session provides a great opportunity for authors to present their early-stage research, late breaking results, prototypes, and prototype products to conference attendees. We encourage submissions also from authors of paper submissions. We will provide a poster showcase area where you will be able share your research and engage with attendees. Our goal is to provide a highly interactive forum for lively discussions and informative feedback from peers.

More information on submitting an interactive session proposal can be found at .


The RO-MAN 2016 conference invites video submissions relevant to any of the RO-MAN conference topics. Videos should be self-explanatory, and we encourage videos that are innovative, informative, and engaging. Authors of successfully peer-reviewed videos will be given time to briefly describe their video to the conference attendees, and videos will be displayed in designated areas at specific times during the conference. We plan to incorporate the videos into focused discussions throughout the conference. Videos will also be uploaded online so that attendees can post feedback to the authors. Please limit videos to three minutes in length, with a maximum file size of 100 MB.

For more information, updates will be posted online at


The RO-MAN 2016 symposium is providing the opportunity to demonstrate innovative ideas in human-robot interaction. We invite proposals showcasing relevant prototype systems that address the conference’s topics in a thought-provoking and engaging way. Demonstrations will occur throughout the conference, providing demonstrators with the opportunity to speak in the setting that best suits their topic. Please submit a two-page description of the demonstration. (OPTIONALLY In addition to the description, a short video (no longer than three minutes) may be submitted, that shows the demonstration. The maximum file size of the video is 100 MB).

For more information, updates will be posted online at


  • 15 January, 2016: Submission for Special Sessions, Workshops & Tutorials
  • 29 January, 2016: Notification of Acceptance for Special Sessions, Workshops & Tutorials
  • 12 February, 2016: Submission for Full Papers
  • 18 April, 2016: Notification of Full Paper Acceptance
  • 22 May, 2016: Submission for Interactive Session (Extended Abstracts), Demonstration Session, and Video Session
  • 27 May, 2016: Notification of Acceptance for Interactive Session (Extended Abstracts), Demonstration Session, and Video Session
  • 27 May, 2016: Final Camera-Ready Full Papers Due
  • 26-31 August, 2016: Main Conference

General Chair: Sandra Y. Okita (Columbia University)
Co-General Chair: Takanori Shibata (AIST, Japan)


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