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HRI 2016 workshop: Call for papers 2nd Workshop on Evaluating Child Robot
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Important dates
Position Papers submission deadline: 25th January 2016
Notification of acceptance: 7th February 2016
Workshop Date: March 7th  2016 (Full-day workshop)
Submissions should be mailed to  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Social media:
Twitter hashtag: #evaluatingCRI
Facebook group:


Abstract and Motivation:

Many researchers have started to explore natural interaction scenarios for
children. No matter if these children are normally developing or have
special needs, evaluating Child-Robot Interaction (CRI) is a challenge. To
find methods that work well and provide reliable data is difficult, for
example because commonly used methods such as questionnaires do not work
well particularly with younger children. Previous research has shown that
children need support in expressing how they feel about technology. Given
this, researchers often choose time-consuming behavioral measures from
observations to evaluate CRI. However, these are not necessarily comparable
between studies and robots. This workshop aims to bring together
researchers from different disciplines to share their experiences on these
aspects. The main topics are methods to evaluate child-robot interaction
design, methods to evaluate socially assistive child-robot interaction, and
multi-modal evaluation of child-robot interaction. Connected questions that
we would like to tackle are for example:

1) What are reliable metrics in CRI?
2) How can we overcome the pitfalls of survey methods in CRI?
3) How can we integrate qualitative approaches in CRI?
4) What are the best practices for in the wild studies with children?

Looking across disciplinary boundaries, we want to discuss advantages and
short-comings of using different evaluation methods in order to compile
guidelines for future CRI research. This workshop is the second in a series
that started at the International Conference on Social Robotics in 2015 and
will continue at the 11th  ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot
Interaction (HRI 2016).

Organising Committee:

• Manja Lohse, University of Twente, [log in to unmask]<mailto:
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• Cristina Zaga, University of Twente, [log in to unmask]<mailto:
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• Vicky Charisi, University of Twente, [log in to unmask]<mailto:
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• Vanessa Evers, University of Twente, [log in to unmask]<mailto:
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• Mark Neerincx, TNO Soesterberg / Delft University of Technology,
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• Takayuki Kanda, ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories,
Kyoto, Japan [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
• Iolanda Leite, Disney Research, [log in to unmask]<mailto:
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We accept submissions of position papers up to 4 pages (A4) including
references. The submissions must be submitted in PDF format and they should
conform to the HRI Late Breaking Report template ( MS Word and LaTeX2e
templates available here<>).
Authors names and affiliation are required.
The target audience includes researchers working on the topic of HRI (and
possibly HCI) for children and with children. We invite people with all
kinds of backgrounds that face the challenges of evaluating child-robot
Please send your position paper to c.zaga [at]<
Deadline 25 January 2016.


Submissions will be selected on the relevance of the contribution in regard
to the potential to generate interesting discussion at the workshop. The
goal of the workshop is to discuss advantages and short-comings of using
different evaluation methods in order to compile guidelines for future CRI
research. Therefore, in the papers, the authors should reflect on the
following aspects:

• Details about the project(s) that the authors work on, like: what robots
do the authors work with? How old are the children did the authors work
with? Do the authors work focus on typically developing or non typically
developing children? What is the goal of the project?;
• Methods that the authors use, like: qualitative or quantitative;
• Metrics, tools, toolkits that the authors use;
• Best practices;
• Challenges that the authors face when using these methods;
• Solutions developed to address these challenges;


  *   Evaluating child-robot interaction in education
  *   Evaluating child-robot interaction focusing on cognitive development
  *   Long-term evaluation of child-robot interaction
  *   Non-typically developing child-robot interaction evaluation (e.g.,
  *   Evaluating socially assistive robots for children
  *   Multiparty child-robot interaction evaluation
  *   Child-robot engagement evaluation
  *   Evaluating child-robot interaction in play settings
  *   Social Signal Processing to evaluate child robot interaction
  *   Designing and evaluating robot behaviors for child-robot interaction
  *   Suitable metrics in child-robot interaction
  *   Reliable quantitative methods for child-robot interaction
  *   Best practices in the evaluation of child-robot interaction
  *   Qualitative methods
  *   Tools, toolkits to evaluate child-robot interaction
  *   New approaches to evaluate child-robot interaction


We will make the workshop proceedings accessible on the website<>. Depending on the
quality of the submission a special issue with extended versions of the
position papers will be organized.


*Patrícia Alves-Oliveira*
Ph.D student
Lisboa, Portugal

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