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*RO-MAN Workshop on “Groups in Human-Robot Interaction”*

Part of the 25th RO-MAN <> Conference 2016 (New York,

*Important Dates*

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 29

Acceptance Notification: Friday, May 20

Final Draft Due: Friday, June 24


Robots are acting as housekeepers, fitness coaches, tutors for children,
companions for the elderly, and more. With more robots entering our lives
every day, many interactions will include multiple robots and/or multiple
humans – yet most human-robot interaction (HRI) research focuses on a
single human interacting with a single robot. Studies in social psychology
(e.g., [1,2]) and HRI (e.g., [3-7]) indicate that inter-group interaction
varies crucially from inter-individual interaction. First, groups modulate
the effects found in dyadic HRI – for example, inter-group interactions are
often more aggressive and negative than inter-individual interactions.
Second, groups introduce variables that are not possible to study in dyadic
HRI – for example, the cohesiveness (entitativity) of an outgroup increases
perceived threat from them. Third, group interactions between people and
robots require different technical solutions to problems of perception and
interaction (e.g. [7]). To have a better understanding of HRI as it will
occur in real life, it will be important to enhance our understanding of
the specific effects of inter-group interaction depending on situations and
robot characteristics. This can also inform robot design, including the
development of appropriate interaction frameworks and modalities, robot
appearance and autonomous capabilities, and functions of robot groups in
everyday human environments.


Papers should be 4-6 pages (including citations). Papers can be on research
that the authors have already conducted, or on research in progress. We
especially encourage papers on new ideas or research that the authors plan
to conduct; feedback can be given during coffee breaks or during
discussions. Paper format should be according to the RO-MAN 2016 paper
guidelines (IEEE format). The submission should include a cover page with
the authors’ names, affiliation address, email addresses, and phone
numbers. The corresponding author should be clearly indicated. The cover
page should also include up to 6 keywords. Each paper will receive a
minimum of two reviews. Submissions should be in PDF format via email.
Accepted papers will be available on the conference website. Papers will be
selected based on reviewer comments for oral and/or poster presentation at
the workshop. Accepted papers will require that at least one author
registers for and attends the workshop.

*Submission System*

Submit through Easy Chair at


Workshop participants will be invited to submit extended versions of their
papers for a special issue on Groups in *Interaction Studies: Social
Behavior and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems* (

*Organizers and Contact*

Friederike Eyssel (Bielefeld University), Marlena Fraune (Indiana
University), Selma Šabanović (Indiana University), Ricarda Wullenkord
(Bielefeld University)

If you have questions, please contact: Marlena Fraune ([log in to unmask])
or Ricarda Wullenkord ([log in to unmask])


[1]  T. C. Turner, (1987). *Rediscovering the social group:
Self-categorization theory*. Oxford, UK: B. Blackwell.

[2]  T. Wildschut, B. Pinter, J. L. Vevea, C. A. Insko, and J. Schopler,
“Beyond the group mind: A quantitative review of the
interindividual-intergroup discontinuity effect.” In *Psychological
Bulletin, 2003. 129*(5), 698.

[3]  W. L. Chang, J. P. White, J. Park, A. Holm, and S. Šabanović, S. “The
effect of group size on people's attitudes and cooperative behaviors toward
robots in interactive gameplay,” In *RO-MAN, IEEE,* pp. 845-850, 2012.

[4]  M. R. Fraune, S. Kawakami, S. Šabanović, S., P. R. S. de Silva, and M.
Okada, “Three’s company, or a crowd?: The effects of robot number and
behavior on HRI in Japan and the USA,” in the *Proceedings of Robotics:
Science and Systems,* 2015.

[5]  D. Kuchenbrandt, F. Eyssel, S. Bobinger, and M. Neufeld, “When a
robot’s group membership matters,” *International Journal of Social
Robotics*, *5*(3), 409-417, 2013.

[6]  I., Leite, M. McCoy, M. Lohani, D. Ullman, N. Salomons, C. Stokes,...
and B. Scassellati. “Emotional storytelling in the classroom: Individual
versus group interaction between children and robots,” In *Proceedings of
the 10th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot
Interaction (HRI’15). *2015* ACM.*

[7]  I. Leite, M. McCoy, D. Ullman, N. Salomons, and B. Scassellati.
models of disengagement in individual and group interactions*,” in *Proceedings
of the 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction*.
Portland, USA, March 2-5. 2015.

*Marlena R. Fraune*
2015-2018 National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF GRFP) Fellow
Ph.D. Student, R House Living Lab <>
Cognitive Science Program and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University

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