Call: HRI 2017: 3rd Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction

Call for Submissions to HRI 2017: 3rd Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction

Growing-Up Hand in Hand with Robots: Designing and Evaluating Child-Robot Interaction from a Developmental Perspective
06 March 2017, Vienna, Austria

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Please send your paper through the following submission link:


Jan 31st 2017: Submission deadline
Feb 6th 2017: Notification of acceptance
Feb 20th 2017: Final version due
Mar 6th 2017: Workshop in Vienna, Austria


Robots are becoming part of children’s care, entertainment, education, social assistance, and therapy. A steadily growing body of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) research shows that child-robot interaction (CRI) holds promises to support children’s development in novel ways. However, research has shown that technologies that do not take into account children’s needs, abilities, interests, and developmental characteristics may have a limited or even negative impact on their physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development. As a result, robotic technology that aims to support children via means of social interaction has to take the developmental perspective into consideration.

With this full-day workshop (the third of a successful series of workshops focusing on various aspects of CRI research), we aim to bring together researchers to discuss how a developmental perspective plays a role for smart and natural interaction between robots and children.

We invite participants to share their experiences on the challenges of taking the developmental perspective in CRI, such as long-term sustained interactions in the wild, involving children and other stakeholders in the design process and more.

Looking across disciplinary boundaries, we hope to stimulate thought-provoking discussions on epistemology, methods, approaches, techniques, interaction scenarios and design principles focused on supporting children’s development through interaction with robotic technology.


We encourage submissions (extended abstract/position papers) from 2 up to 4 pages (A4) including references. The submissions should be prepared in ACM conference format (MS Word and LaTeX2e templates available here: cations/proceedings-template-16dec2016).

Please send your paper through the following submission link:

Submissions will be selected on the relevance of the contribution in regard to the potential to generate interesting discussions at the workshop. Each submission will receive two reviews. Extended abstracts and position papers will be presented at the workshop as posters and/or talks, depending on the time available.

Papers and discussion outcomes will be made accessible online on the workshop website. We envision our website as an open access and growing resource for researchers of CRI. Possibilities for publication will be discussed at the workshop.


Researchers, practitioners, and professionals from Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design and Children, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Technology, Cognitive Psychology and other disciplines are welcome.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Developmentally appropriate robot design (e.g., how to take into account children’s sensorimotor, cognitive and perceptual development in robot design?)
  • Interaction design challenges (e.g., how to incorporate a developmental perspective?)
  • Technical challenges (e.g., learning algorithms, perception, planning, AI models, user modeling, cognitive architectures)
  • Long-term child-robot interaction and children’s development (e.g., evaluating the impact of robots on children’s development)
  • Robots for non-typically developing children (e.g., assessing impacts on non-typical developing children, involving therapists to guarantee developmentally appropriate child-robot interaction etc. …)
  • Developmental paradigms and theoretical approaches for effective design and evaluation for CRI
  • New Perspectives on children’s behavior and development within the context of CRI
  • Constructivism and CRI
  • CRI in education (e.g.,  implication on children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, changes, advances, and challenges for the primary and secondary education)
  • Robot supported collaborative interaction: impact on children’s socio-emotional development
  • Generative methods to include children into the design of robots / child-robot interaction / or evaluate systems (co-design, participatory design)
  • Ethical issues concerning child-robot interaction and its effect on children’s development (e.g., what boundaries pose a developmental perspective)


The workshop schedule comprises invited talks, a panel discussion of experts, extended abstract, position paper presentation and breakout sessions.

Confirmed invited speakers: Tony Prescott (University of Sheffield), Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire), Iolanda Leite (Disney Research).

Confirmed panelists: Janet Read (University of Central Lancashire), Takayuki Kanda (ATR), Mark Neerincx (Delft University of Technology), Momotaz Begum (University of New Hampshire), Miquel Domenech (UAB).


  • Cristina Zaga , University of Twente
  • Vicky Charisi, University of Twente
  • Bob Schadenberg, University of Twente
  • Dennis Reidsma, University of Twente
  • Mark Neerincx, Delft University of Technology
  • Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield
  • Michael Zillich, Technical University of Vienna
  • Paul Verschure, University of Barcelona Pompeu Fabra
  • Vanessa Evers, University of Twente
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