Call: Trust, Acceptance and Social Cues in Robot Interaction (SCRITA) workshop at IEEE RO-MAN 2021

Call for Papers

Trust, Acceptance and Social Cues in Human-Robot Interaction (SCRITA) Workshop
In conjunction with the IEEE RO-MAN 2021 conference
12 August, 2021

Deadline for submissions: June 13th, 2021

This workshop will be a full day event on 12 August, 2021 in conjunction with the IEEE RO-MAN 2021 conference, which is organised by the University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo, Canada.


Trust is a fundamental aspect that helps to foster effective collaboration between people and robots. It is imperative that people trust robots to not create a hazardous situation, such as starting a fire when trying to make a cup of tea or giving the wrong medicine to a vulnerable person. Likewise, people should be able to trust robots not to create an unsafe situation, such as leaving the door open unattended or providing personal information to strangers – and potentially to thieves. Trust, however, is a complex feeling and it can be affected by several factors that depend on the human, the robot and context of the interaction. Trust might hinder a robot’s assistance or lead to a loss of interest in robots after the novelty effect fades. Unreasonable over-trust in a robot’s capabilities could even have fatal consequences. It is therefore important to design and develop mechanisms to increase and mitigate people’s trust in service and assistive robots. A positive and balanced trust, indeed, is fundamental for building a high-quality interaction. Similarly, socially aware robots are perceived more positively by people in social contexts and situations. Social robotics systems, therefore, should integrate people’s direct and indirect modes of communication. Moreover, robots should be capable of self-adapting to satisfy people’s needs (i.e. personality, emotions, preferences, habits), and incorporating a reactive and predictive meta-cognition models to reason about the situational context (i.e. its own erroneous behaviours) and provide socially acceptable behaviours.

The current workshop is a continuation of a series of three successful workshops at the RO-MAN conference. This iteration of the workshop will continue contributing on how social cues can foster trust in human-robot interaction (HRI) and lead to a better acceptance of robots. Although the previous editions valued the participation of leading researchers in the field and several exceptional invited speakers who identified some of the principal points in this research direction, current research still presents several limitations. For this reason, we wish to continue to further explore the role of trust in social robotics to effectively design and develop socially acceptable and trustable robots.

In this context, we propose a deeper exploration of trust and acceptance in HRI from a multidisciplinary perspective, including robots’ capabilities of sensing and perceiving other agents, the environment, and human-robot dynamics. Therefore, this workshop will analyse different aspects of human-robot interaction that can affect, enhance, undermine, or recover humans’ trust in robots, such as the use of social cues or behaviour transparency (goals and actions).


We intend to open the workshop to a broad audience from academia and industry researching social robotics, machine learning, robot behavioural control, and user-profiling. We will foster the exchange of insights on past and ongoing research and contribute to the discussion of innovative ideas for tackling unresolved issues providing new and inspirational directions of research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Impact of Social Cues on Trust in Human-Robot Interaction
  • Measuring Trust in Human-Robot Interaction
  • Trust Violation and Recovery Mechanism in HRI
  • Effects of Humans’ Acceptance on Trust of Robots
  • Humans Sense of Control and Trust in Robots
  • Trust and Assistive Robotics
  • Overtrust in Robots
  • Antecedent of Trust and Robot Trust
  • Enhancing Humans Trust in Robots
  • Enhancing Trust in a Robot Companion
  • Privacy Implications on Trust in HRI
  • Mental Models and Trust in HRI
  • Trust and Safety in HRI
  • Ethics Implications on Trust in HRI
  • Trustworthy AI
  • XAI in HRI
  • Legal Frameworks for Trustworthy Robotics


Deadline for Paper Submission: June 13th, 2021
Paper Acceptance Notification: June 27th, 2021
Camera Ready Paper: July 20th, 2021
Main Conference Date: August 08th – 12th, 2021
Workshop Date: August 12th, 2021 (full-day)

Workshop Website:

Main Conference Website:


We will invite authors to submit two -page abstracts or full papers (up to 6 pages) on original and unpublished research. We will also welcome submissions of two-page position papers on topics covering the scope of the workshop. All accepted papers will have oral presentations. We will encourage authors of the accepted papers to present a video or demonstrate their works and achievements.

Authors should submit their papers formatted according to the IEEE two-column format, which is also used for contributions to the main conference. Use the following templates to create the paper and generate or export a PDF file: LaTeX or MS-Word.

Authors will be able to submit a PDF copy through EasyChair. Each paper will receive at least two reviews. At least one of the authors of the accepted papers needs to register for the workshop.

All papers are reviewed using a single-blind review process: authors declare their names and affiliations in the manuscript for the reviewers to see, but reviewers do not know each other’s identities, nor do the authors receive information about who has reviewed their manuscript.

Authors of accepted papers will also be invited to publish their works on a pre-print archive (e.g. arXiv) to increase the visibility of their work, this Workshop and the whole Conference.

Authors of the accepted papers will also be invited to a SPECIAL ISSUE of the International Journal of Social Robotics (confirmed).


Dr Alessandra Sciutti, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy (confirmed)
Dr Hatice Gunes, University of Cambridge, UK (confirmed)
Dr. Praminda Caleb-Solly, UWE Bristol, UK (to be confirmed)


Dr. Alessandra ROSSI, University of Naples Federico II, Italy,
Dr. Patrick HOLTHAUS, University of Hertfordshire,
Dr. Gabriella LAKATOS, University of Hertfordshire, UK,
Sílvia MOROS, University of Hertfordshire, UK,
Dr. Marcus SCHEUNEMANN, University of Hertfordshire, UK,

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