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Deadline July 27


*Journal of Human-Robot Interaction*

*Special Issue on Design in HRI: Past, Present and Future*

Much like computing in general has become increasingly mobile, ubiquitous and part of everyday life, someday in the future we may find robots assisting humans in situations well beyond their current use. They may become assistants, workmates, entertainers, even socializers. But to achieve this will require careful consideration of the role and effect of robots in our lives. As robot technology becomes more commonplace, the design aspects will become increasingly important.

The design community has established many methods for creating engaging artifacts, and has branched out into subfields such as interaction design and product design, which are highly relevant for the HRI field. Designers have unique opportunities to improve the overall appeal and usefulness of robotic products well beyond their technical function and capabilities. Finally, designers are well equipped to envision and understand the implications and potential of new technologies through techniques such as concept development, sketching and lo-fi prototyping.

To highlight this rising importance of design in HRI, we are inviting submissions to a Special Issue on Design in Human-Robot Interaction: Past, Present and Future. To solicit a wide range of submissions, we suggest the following categories:

-       Research papers: Reports on scientific advances in HRI design, including but not limited to methodological, empirical, quantitative or qualitative results
-       Design stories: How an HRI system was designed encompassing the whole process, from idea to evaluation
-       Design briefs: Highly visual accounts of specific designs, e.g. a particular robotic artifact or function
-       Retrospectives: Accounts of historical relevance to the development of design in HRI
-       Future watch: Forward-looking submissions that paint a picture of the future of human-robot interaction, including but not limited to design concepts, staged interaction and experiments, technical speculation, etc.

Submissions are in no way limited to the above categories; if you have other ideas you would like to discuss, please contact the editors!

A unique feature in this special issue is that the authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their paper at HRI2014 (the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, This opportunity will allow authors to present their work to a large audience, and to improve the quality and profile of design papers at the HRI conference.

We look forward to seeing your submission!

Special issue editors:
Lars Erik Holmquist, Yahoo! Labs ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

July 27, 2013: Deadline for submissions
July 28-Sept 8, 2013: Review process
Sept 15, 2013: Feedback to authors
Oct 15, 2013: Revised versions due
March 1, 2014: Publication of special issue

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