Call: Envisioning Social Robotics: Current Challenges and New Interdisciplinary Methodologies – Interaction Studies issue

Call for Papers

Envisioning Social Robotics: Current Challenges and New Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Special issue of Interaction Studies
Guest Editors: Glenda Hannibal & Astrid Weiss

Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2018

We find in social robotics many so-called “wicked problems” – problems that are extremely complex and resist complete definition and resolution. To work out these problems, it is necessary to critically discuss the underpinning logic, or line of reasoning, that motivates social robotics and to develop new interdisciplinary methods to make social robots more “socially robust”. This special issue aims to address current challenges in social robotics by bringing methodological discussions to the foreground and therefore calls for submissions focusing on new methodologies in social robotics by reflecting on, developing, and demonstrating interdisciplinary research. Researchers with various disciplinary backgrounds and professions (e.g. engineering, physiotherapy, philosophy, law, biology, art, STS, psychology, medicine, HRI, sociology, computer science, nursing, industry, education, anthropology, HCI, management etc.) are strongly encouraged to contribute.

Successful submissions to the special issue should therefore focus on (a) defining current challenges from a methodological point of view and (b) presenting in response different models, approaches or methods for interdisciplinary social robotics. If possible, c) they should also provide illustrations of implementation of the suggested model, approach or method with a critical discussion thereof. All articles will be peer-reviewed.

Authors should consider the interdisciplinary readership of INTERACTION STUDIES and prepare their manuscripts accordingly. Authors may either submit full papers or short research reports. See the journal’s homepage for guidelines on the suggested length and formatting of the manuscripts:

Please submit the journal manuscript(s) via the online submission platform provided by Interaction Studies:

Remember to select the name of the special issue when submitting the manuscript(s).

For more information please contact Glenda Hannibal at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) at

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