Call: HRI Pioneers 2018 Workshop

Call for Submissions to HRI Pioneers 2018 Workshop
05 March 2018, Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Twitter: @HRIPioneers

A submission link is live now! https://new.


Nov 3 2017 (11:59 PM PT): Submission Deadline
Dec 22 2017: Notification of acceptance
Jan 12 2018: Final version due


The 13th annual Human-Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop will be held in Chicago, USA on Monday, March 5, 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

Pioneers seeks to foster creativity and collaboration surrounding key challenges in human-robot interaction and empower students early in their academic careers. Each year, the workshop brings together a cohort of the world’s top student researchers and provides the opportunity for students to present and discuss their work with distinguished student peers and senior scholars in the field.

Pioneers is a premier forum for graduate students in HRI, thus we invite students at any stage of their academic career to consider applying. To facilitate attendance, we expect to provide financial support to accepted students to help mitigate the costs of the workshop and main conference.


An anonymized, two-page description of the applicant’s past, current, or proposed work. Word and LaTeX templates can be found here – please use the sample-sigconf.tex or ACM_SigConf.docx files.

In particular, the abstract should cover:

  • key research questions/motivation of the applicant’s work
  • background and related work that informs the research
  • the research approach and methodology
  • results to date (if any), and a description of remaining work.

For undergraduate students, description of work on a previous project with clear ties to the field and potential implications would be permissible. For graduate students, applications should include past work if applicable, as well as current and future research plans.

Publications should be fully anonymized at the time of submission. Please see anonymization guidelines here:

Submit the abstract using this link (https://new.

Following are the guidelines for submission,

  • make an account, if you do not currently have one,
  • go to the ‘Submissions’ tab, and from the drop-down menus, select SIGCHI as the society, HRI 2018 as the conference, and HRI 2018 Pioneers Workshop as the track,
  • hit ‘Go’, and a new submission will show up as incomplete. Similar to this,
  • edit the submission, and fill out the form until the submission shows up as complete.

A 2-page CV will be required as part of the submission process. Undergraduate students without laboratory experience can include coursework or skills that are relevant to their project. Graduate students should include laboratory experience and any publications/presentations that are applicable.


Students of all levels pursuing research in a field related to Human-Robot interaction should consider applying. Undergraduate and Graduate level students will be considered in separate tracks.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • User studies in HRI
  • Technical advances in HRI
  • Human-Robot interaction design
  • Theory and methods in HRI
  • Unique applications of HRI


Austin Whitesell
General Chair
Oregon State University

Cristina Zaga
General Chair
University of Twente

Brittany Noah
Program Chair
Georgia Institute of Technology

Caitlyn Clabaugh
Program Chair
University of Southern California

Felix Gervits
Program Chair
Tufts University

Nik Martelaro
Panel Chair
Stanford University

Xiang Zhi Tan (Zhi)
Publicity/Web Chair
Carnegie Mellon University

Syed Ali Raza (Ali)
Publicity/Web Chair
University of Technology Sydney


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