Call: Culture Robot: 1st Workshop on Multi-Cultural Human-Robot Interaction

Call for Participation

Multi-Cultural Human-Robot Interaction Workshop
December 4, 2018
Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2018

We are pleased to invite you to participate in this one-day workshop on Multi-Cultural Human-Robot Interaction, held on December 4th, 2018 as part as the AfriCHI conference in Windhoek Namibia.


This hands-on workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the cultural aspects of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) design. Recent work shows that the one fits all model of interaction might be obsolete, especially when considering natural interactions where people use gesture and voice, that are culturally dependent.

In the morning, attendees will present position papers. We will discuss ideas around social robotics and leverage everyone’s expertise to discuss cultural aspects of interaction design. We encourage the exchange of results and ideas for future research.

The second part of the workshop consists in a hands-on participatory design activity to build a multi-cultural social robot. This afternoon session is opened to all, including local students who want to learn more about interactive robotics.


In order to be present at the workshop, the participant should write a 2-4 page position paper following the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format ( and submit it before September 30th, 2018 to:

To attend the participatory design activity only, please send an email to with information about your background and why you would like to participate before September 30th.

For proposals, we embrace a large variety of subjects and domains.

Examples of topics include but are not limited to:

  • Cross-cultural differences and similarities in HRI
  • Challenges and Implications of HRI
  • Design aspects of social robots
  • Acceptability and Social Norms
  • Values, Ethics, and Policies
  • Novel enabling technologies
  • I/O techniques for HRI
  • Future applications for social robots

More Information on our website:


Ms Anna Wojciechowska
Dr. Jessica Cauchard
Interdisciplinary Research Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel

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