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IEEE RO-MAN 2021 (virtual)  -  call for papers


=== Important dates   (FULL PAPERS) ===

Submission Deadline (extended): April 6th, 2021

Notification of Acceptance:  May 25, 2021

Final Submission: June 20, 2021

=== Important dates (Workshops and Tutorials) ===

Proposal Submission Deadline (extended): April 6th, 2021

Notification of Acceptance:  May 11, 2021

Final Submission: June 20, 2021

Active Website Link for Workshop/Tutorial Due: June 1, 2021

Conference dates: August 8 - 12, 2021 (workshops tentatively Aug 8, Aug 12)

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for IEEE RO-MAN 2021 (**will be held virtually**), with the theme =“Trustworthiness and Cooperation”=. Topics of interest include innovative results, latest developments and future perspectives relating to robot and human interactive communication. For a full list and more detail, visit

We do not know what the summer of 2021 will bring in terms of global travel restrictions, local gathering norms, and personal desires to risk venturing from our respective bubbles. Given the uncertainties, we have decided to hold this conference virtually. But no matter the format, the Organizing Committee for RO-MAN 2021 is committed to delivering a rich and dynamic conference.

=== Full Papers ===

Authors should submit their papers electronically in PDF format via Papercept (; *NOTE* that all authors must be registered in the system ahead of time. Submissions can be 6-8 pages in length (including references), where 6 pages are standard with 2 additional pages allowed with an extra charge at publication time. Papers do not need to be anonymized.

All papers submitted to RO-MAN 2021 will be reviewed by at least two external (anonymous) reviewers. If the paper is accepted, the authors will submit a revised ("camera-ready") version. The review process is managed by the program chair, the program co-chairs, the editors, and the conference associate editors.

Authors should use the US Letter format templates provided by the electronic submission system (


=== Workshops and Tutorials ===

Workshops should focus on key areas of active research and provide a forum for participants to exchange new ideas and discuss recent results. We encourage proposals for topics that have substantial community interest, with a creative and innovative workshop program that will attract a broad audience. Workshops and tutorials focusing on academia-industry partnership and technology transfer of robotics research are welcome. The primary criteria for selection are anticipated level of interest, impact, novelty or creativity, and opportunities for interaction among participants.

Tutorials should target established and emerging research topics, provide up-to-date descriptions of the state of the art, and be organized by individuals who are recognized leaders in their respective fields.

Workshop and tutorial proposals should include the following information:

- Title

- Format (indicate full or half day, workshop or tutorial)

- Main Organizer (one person only, complete address, phone, and email)

- Co-Organizers (complete address and email)

- Statement of Objectives

- Intended Audience and Expected Number of Attendees

- List of Speakers and Format (schedule, topics)

- Statement of Inclusion and Diversity (see below)

Template files can be downloaded from the workshop website:

The proposal must be submitted through the Papercept Conference Site:

If you have any questions about the workshops and tutorials proposal submission, please contact the Workshop Co-Chairs, Alexander Aroyo ([log in to unmask]) and Jonathan Kelly ([log in to unmask]).

Upon approval, workshop and tutorial organizers will be asked to produce and maintain a dedicated webpage, which will be used to disseminate updated information about the workshop/tutorial and for promotion.

=== Inclusion @ RO-MAN 2021 ===

We are committed to making RO-MAN and the field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) inclusive and accessible to all. Toward this goal, we are offering a fee waiver program to reduce financial barriers to participation at RO-MAN 2021.

For more details, please see<>

In addition to general inclusion and diversity considerations for your workshop, consider the following needs of attendees of a virtual conference.

Attendees may be in different time zones, have caregiving/other responsibilities, have less reliable access to internet, or lack quiet private space to participate during the scheduled timing of the event.

You may consider offering:

- asynchronous access to materials,

- asynchronous forms of interaction, discussions or Q&A (e.g., text-based),

- recordings of the event for participants to access the material later,

- an alternative to using a camera/microphone during breakout sessions if participants are unable to use it during the event,

- session timing details provided well in advance for planning purposes, and

- inclusive time zone schedule display.


General Chairs

Stephen L. Smith, University of Waterloo, Canada

Machiel Van der Loos, University of British Columbia, Canada

General Co-Chair

Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Waterloo, Canada

Program Chairs

Praminda Caleb-Solly, UWE Bristol, UK

Michelle Johnson, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Kazuyoshi Wada, Associate Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Workshop Chairs

Jonathan Kelly, University of Toronto, Canada

Alexander Aroyo, University of Waterloo, Canada

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