Call: “Human-Robot Confluence” issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

CALL FOR PAPERS: Human–Robot Confluence
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Latest Impact Factor: 2.650

Guest Editors:
Giuseppe Riva, PhD
Catholic University of Milan and Istituto Auxologico Italiano
Milan, Italy

Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN
Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
Virtual Reality Medical Institute, San Diego, CA

Deadline for Manuscript Submission: March 1, 2020

The new humanoid robots not only perform tasks, but also can activate interactions and social relationships with other robots and with humans. From this point of view, the diffusion of humanoid robots with a physical structure reminiscent of the human body, endowed with decision-making abilities, and capable of externalizing and generating emotions, opens a new line of research with a main objective of understanding the dynamics of social interactions generated by the encounters between robots and humans. The consideration of aspects such acceptance, safety, functionality, and effectiveness requires the collaboration between multiple disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, design, mechatronics, computer science, and biomechanics.

This special issue will gather knowledge from these disciplines with respect to human–robot confluence (HRC) in the application of robots in everyday life, including assistive and rehabilitation robotics. It covers a wide range of topics related to human–robot confluence, involving theories, methodologies, technologies, and empirical and experimental studies.

Suggested topic areas include, among others:

  • Research, design and development, and use of robots that interact collaboratively
  • User-centered design of social robots
  • Evaluation methods and new methodologies for HRC research
  • Social, ethical, and aesthetic issues in HRC research
  • Robots in education, therapy, and rehabilitation
  • Medical and surgical applications of robots
  • Robot companions and social robots in home environments
  • Assistive robotics for supporting the elderly or people with special needs
  • Applications of social robots in entertainment and service robotics
  • Monitoring of behavior and internal states of human subjects
  • Robotic etiquette
  • Social intelligence and social presence for robots
  • Creating relationships with robots and humanoids
  • Embodiment, empathy, and intersubjectivity in interaction with robotic and virtual characters

All manuscripts should be submitted online using the online submission portal by March 1, 2020. All submissions will be subject to a rigorous peer review. We encourage submissions of original research articles and reviews.

Visit the journal’s website to learn more, read past issues, and view author submission guidelines. Queries to the editor to propose a topic prior to submission are encouraged.

Queries to the editor to propose a topic prior to submission are encouraged. Please contact Managing Editor Ruth Kogen Goodwin to initiate your query or for any further details.

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking is the premier peer-reviewed journal for authoritative research on understanding the social, behavioral, and psychological impact of today’s social networking practices, including Twitter, Facebook, and internet gaming and commerce. Highly regarded as the go-to source in the field, the Journal has been at the forefront of social networking and virtual reality for over 20 years. It is known for its rapid communication articles and in-depth studies surrounding the effects of interactive technologies on behavior and society, both positive and negative.

Advantages of publishing in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking include:

  • Fast and user-friendly electronic submission
  • Rapid, high-quality peer review
  • Maximum exposure: accessible in 170 countries worldwide
  • Open Access options available


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