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Dear Colleagues,

We invite contributions for a Special Issue on "*Child-Robot Interaction:
Design, Evaluation, and Novel Solutions*"

*About the Special Issue*

Robots are becoming more pervasive in society, playing different roles from
tutors to physical therapy assistants to playmates, to name a few.
Child-robot interaction (CRI) is an emerging and multidisciplinary field
that brings numerous challenges to researchers. Many of the challenges come
from the fact that children are cognitively immature, and their
perspectives on robots are different from adults.

The primary purpose of this special issue is to publish the
state-of-the-art in the field of child-robot interaction related to recent
innovative developments, existing challenges, and plausible future
solutions. We want to address (1) recent developments of hardware and
software technologies that impacted CRI, for example, AI and machine
learning; (2) technological, design and empirical challenges related to the
assessment of usability, deployment, efficacy, and sustaining of long-term
interactions.; and finally (3) novel or emerging solutions for the future
of CRI, including adaptations made to work in CRI during the pandemic,
focusing not only on what changed but also on what we can carry for the
future and lessons learnt. We started trying to address some of these
challenges at the ICSR 2020 workshop "CRI: Present and Future
Relationships". To continue this journey, we are organizing this special
issue on Interaction Studies to gather the latest research on CRI
addressing the above challenges. We welcome high-quality submissions from
authors, regardless of their affiliation(s) and relationship to the
Workshop. Full paper submissions may include original research, focused
review papers, and opinion papers. In addition to full papers, we will also
consider submissions of brief research reports in a communication/note form.


Authors are requested to submit their full research papers, complying with
the general scope of the journal. The submitted papers will undergo the
standard peer-review process before they can be accepted. Notification of
acceptance will be communicated as we progress with the review process.

Topics of Interest


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   Robot embodiment and behaviour design for children
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   Evaluation studies (hypothesis-driven, exploratory, and long-term)
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   Children and stakeholders' involvement in design and development
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   Novel applications of robots for children
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   Perceptions and expectations (measuring, evaluating, and interpreting)
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   Impact on cognitive development
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   Ethical concerns



Timeline


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   Deadline for Manuscript Submissions: July 15, 2021
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   Feedback Reviews (1st round): September 15, 2021
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   Paper Resubmission(1st round): October 15, 2021
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   Feedback Reviews (2nd round): December 1, 2021
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   Paper Resubmission(2nd round): January 1, 2022
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   Publication Date (Tentative date): February 2022


More information about the special issue can be found here
<https://benjamins.com/catalog/is>.



Submission Instructions

Submissions need to be made via the journal’s editorial manager at
https://benjamins.com/catalog/is/submission


Guest Editors & *Contact Information*


Marta Couto, INESC-ID, GAIPS, Portugal [log in to unmask]

Shruti Chandra, University of Waterloo, Canada
[log in to unmask]  Elmira
Yadollahi, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),
Switzerland & INESC-ID,
GAIPS, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon in Portugal.
[log in to unmask] Vicki Charisi, Joint Research Centre of the
European Commission [log in to unmask]

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