Call: “Smart Toys, Smart Tangibles, Robots and other Smart Things for Children” for International Journal of Child Computer Interaction

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Smart Toys, Smart Tangibles, Robots and other Smart Things for Children
International Journal of Child Computer Interaction

Deadline for abstract submissions (optional but recommended): 10 October 2020
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October ~1 November 2020

The world of children’s toys has continued to evolve with advances in embedded electronics, digital capabilities, and wireless connectivity. Smart toys, and robots represent an increasingly vibrant range of play objects that combine different capabilities such as networking, processing and intelligent reasoning. These interactive objects posit a growing and promising form of technology capable of sensing and processing data in real-time during CCI.

The increasing uses of those interactive objects in CCI and the rise of data-driven methods and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques reinforce intelligent features and adaptivity, but also brings with it many important privacy issues and concerns. This special issue aims at digging into the research challenges concerned with interaction design of smart toys, tangibles, robots and other smart things for children, with a special emphasis on interactive intelligent features and their design and effects on interactions.

We welcome and encourage researchers in this cross-disciplinary field to submit original research articles reporting experiments, case studies, reviews, as well as theoretical work investigating the role of smart objects for children. In particular, review contributions are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Smart Toys, Robots and design of interactive intelligent features
  • Children Interaction with Smart Devices
  • AI-powered devices and data-driven interactions
  • User expectations of smart technologies
  • Creative Technologies and Innovative Interactive Content for smart and intelligent devices
  • Design of activities with smart play
  • Meaningful play and learning experiences
  • Design methods and methodologies
  • Privacy issues and concerns
  • Costs, benefits and consequences of intelligent features and devices such as sustainability
  • Future trends and directions in the field

Guest Editors:

Cristina Sylla
Research Centre on Child Studies (CIEC), ITI/LARSyS
University of Minho, Portugal

Alejandro Catala
Research Centre on Intelligent Technologies (CiTIUS)
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Arzu Guneysu Ozgur
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Computer Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction (CHILI) Lab

Pirita Ihamäki
Prizztech Ltd., Finland

Katriina Heljakka
University of Turku, Finland


  • Deadline for abstract submissions (optional but recommended): 10 October 2020
  • Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October ~1 November 2020
  • Feedback Reviews: 31 March 2021
  • Paper Resubmission: 30 April 2021
  • Publication date: 1 June 2021

To prepare your manuscript, please, follow the guide for authors provided by Elsevier:

Please submit at: Please select “VSI: Smart Toys when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

For questions, please contact:

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