Call: HRI 2016 workshop: 2nd Workshop on Evaluating Child Robot Interaction

Call for papers

HRI 2016 workshop: 2nd Workshop on Evaluating Child Robot Interaction
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Important Dates:
Position Papers submission deadline (extended): 1st February 2016
Notification of acceptance: 7th February 2016
Camera Ready: 15th   February 2016
Workshop Date: 7th March 2016 (Full-day workshop)


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Many researchers have started to explore natural interaction scenarios for children. No matter if these children are normally developing or have special needs, evaluating Child-Robot Interaction (CRI) is a challenge. To find methods that work well and provide reliable data is difficult, for example because commonly used methods such as questionnaires do not work well particularly with younger children. Previous research has shown that children need support in expressing how they feel about technology. Given this, researchers often choose time-consuming behavioral measures from observations to evaluate CRI. However, these are not necessarily comparable between studies and robots. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to share their experiences on these aspects. The main topics are methods to evaluate child-robot interaction design, methods to evaluate socially assistive child-robot interaction, and multi-modal evaluation of child-robot interaction. Connected questions that we would like to tackle are for example:

1) What are reliable metrics in CRI?

2) How can we overcome the pitfalls of survey methods in CRI?

3) How can we integrate qualitative approaches in CRI?

4) What are the best practices for in the wild studies with children?

Looking across disciplinary boundaries, we want to discuss advantages and short-comings of using different evaluation methods in order to compile guidelines for future CRI research. This workshop is the second in a series that started at the International Conference on Social Robotics in 2015 and will continue at the 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2016).



We accept submissions of position papers up to 4 pages (A4) including references. The submissions must be submitted in PDF format and they should conform to the HRI Late Breaking Report template (MS Word and LaTeX2e templates available here). Authors names and affiliation are required.

The target audience includes researchers working on the topic of HRI (and possibly HCI) for children and with children. We invite people with all kinds of backgrounds that face the challenges of evaluating child-robot interactions.

Please send your position paper to c.zaga [at]

Deadline 25 January 2016 [extended to February 1, 2016].


Submissions will be selected on the relevance of the contribution in regard to the potential to generate interesting discussion at the workshop. The goal of the workshop is to discuss advantages and short-comings of using different evaluation methods in order to compile guidelines for future CRI research. Therefore, in the papers, the authors should reflect on the following aspects:

  • Details about the project(s) that the authors work on, like: what robots do the authors work with? How old are the children did the authors work with? Do the authors work focus on typically developing or non typically developing children? What is the goal of the project?;
  • Methods that the authors use, like: qualitative or quantitative;
  • Metrics, tools, toolkits that the authors use;
  • Best practices;
  • Challenges that the authors face when using these methods;
  • Solutions developed to address these challenges;

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating child-robot interaction in education
  • Evaluating child-robot interaction focusing on cognitive development
  • Long-term evaluation of child-robot interaction
  • Non-typically developing child-robot interaction evaluation (e.g., ASD)
  • Evaluating socially assistive robots for children
  • Multiparty child-robot interaction evaluation
  • Child-robot engagement evaluation
  • Evaluating child-robot interaction in play settings
  • Social Signal Processing to evaluate child robot interaction
  • Designing and evaluating robot behaviors for child-robot interaction
  • Suitable metrics in child-robot interaction
  • Reliable quantitative methods for child-robot interaction
  • Best practices in the evaluation of child-robot interaction
  • Qualitative methods
  • Tools, toolkits to evaluate child-robot interaction
  • New approaches to evaluate child-robot interaction


We will make the workshop proceedings accessible on the website. Depending on the quality of the submission a special issue with extended versions of the position papers will be organized.


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