Call: Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014)


The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014)
Tsukuba, Japan, October 29-31, 2014

People are increasingly interacting with computerized agents. Examples include autonomous and tele-presence robots in homes, healthcare, or search and rescue, virtual characters in the expanding gaming industry or for serious games, and agents representing other people through on-line social and interactive meeting places. Although these broad areas have their own unique research challenges, there is a clear commonality to be addressed in the investigation of how people interact with agents, whether they have physical or virtual embodiments, or represent remote people or an AI algorithm; this commonality requires explicit consideration.

The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014, in co-operation with ACM SIGCHI) aims to be the premier interdisciplinary venue for discussing and disseminating state-of-the-art research and results that have implications across conventional interaction boundaries including robots, software agents and digitally-mediated human-human communication. HAI will gather researchers from fields spanning engineering, computer science, psychology and sociology, and will cover diverse topics, including: human-robot interaction, affective computing, computer-supported collaborative work, gaming and serious games, artificial intelligence, and more.

The theme of this year’s conference is “equations and theories relating robots, avatars, and virtual characters.”

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • design of Human-Agent Interaction, including quantitative and qualitative results
  • theoretical models of Human-Agent Interaction
  • impacts of embodiment (e.g., physical vs digital, human vs animal-like)
  • experimental methods for Human-Agent Interaction

This includes more targeted results that have implications to the broader human-agent interaction community:

  • human-robot interaction
  • human-virtual agent interaction
  • interaction with smart homes and smart cars
  • distributed groupware where people have remote embodiments and representations
  • and more!


  • Paper Submissions
    • Deadlines for Submissions: May 15, 2014 (extended)
    • Paper Length: 4-8 pages, length should match contribution
    • Notification of Paper Acceptance: July 1, 2014
  • Poster Submissions
    • Deadlines for Submissions: July 10, 2014 (extended)
    • Paper Length: 2 pages
    • Notification of Poster Acceptance: July 20, 2014
    • Camera-ready Copies of all (paper and poster) Accepted Papers: July 31, 2014
    • HAI 2014 Conference: October 29-31, 2014


HAI 2014 will accept ONLY online submissions of PDF files (no MS Word, Latex, etc.). Paper submissions should be at least 4 pages but no more than 8 pages. Similarly, poster submissions should be no more than 2 pages. All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of research originality, excellence, and significance, and relevance to HAI. We also invite position papers, preliminary (but high impact) studies, and concept papers.

All papers need to be in the ACM SIGCHI format (; be sure to leave the ACM copyright area blank. Please visit the submission page ( at the HAI 2014 Web site to prepare and submit your papers.


  • General Co-Chairs:

Hideaki Kuzuoka, University of Tsukuba
Tetsuo Ono, Hokkaido University

  • Program Co-Chairs:

Michita Imai, Keio University
James Young, University of Manitoba

  • Local Organization Co-Chairs:

Hirotaka Osawa, University of Tsukuba
Yugo Hayashi, University of Tsukuba

  • Finance Chair:

Yugo Takeuchi, Shizuoka University

  • Poster Chair:

Kazunori Terada, Gifu University

  • Sponsorship Co-Chairs:

Natsuki Oka, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Yoshihiko Murakawa, Fujitsu Lab.

  • Publicity Chair:

Daisuke Katagami, Tokyo Polytechnic University

  • Publications Chair:

Kazuki Kobayashi, Shinshu University

  • Web Chair:

Daniel Rea, University of Manitoba

  • Design Chair:

Nagisa Munekata, Hokkaido University


Christoph Bartneck, Canterbury University
Christian Becker-Asano, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
Andrea Bunt, University of Manitoba
Mauro Dragone, University College Dublin
Daisuke Katagami, Tokyo Polytechnic University
Kheng Lee Koay, University of Hertfordshire
Takanori Komatsu, Meiji University
Shaun Lawson, University of Lincoln UK
Karon MacLean, University of British Columbia
Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, University of Genoa
ChunYan Miao, Nanyang Technological University
Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Honda Research Institute USA
Mohammad Obaid, Chalmers University of Technology
Natsuki Oka, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Hirotaka Osawa, University of Tsukuba
Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University
Daisuke Sakamoto, University of Tokyo
Ehud Sharlin, University of Calgary
JaYoung Sung, Google

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