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16th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
(HRI 2021)

March 8-11, 2021, Boulder, CO USA

Full Paper Submission Deadline: Monday October 5 11:59pm Anywhere on Earth


The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction is a
premier, highly-selective venue presenting the latest advances in
Human-Robot Interaction. The 16th Annual HRI conference theme is “Bolder
HRI.” The conference seeks contributions from a broad set of perspectives,
including technical, design, behavioural, theoretical, methodological, and
metrological, that advance fundamental and applied knowledge and methods in
human-robot interaction. Full papers will be archived in the ACM Digital
Library and IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

** Full Papers: Due Monday October 5 11:59pm anywhere on earth **

Full papers are up to eight camera-ready pages, including figures, but
excluding references. Submissions longer than eight pages of content
excluding references will be desk rejected and not reviewed. Accepted full
papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented in an
oral session. The HRI conference is highly selective with a rigorous,
two-stage review model that includes an expert program committee meeting
where papers are extensively discussed. As such, all submissions are
expected to be mature, polished, and detailed accounts of cutting-edge
research described and presented in camera-ready style. In cases of equally
qualified papers, positive consideration will be given to submissions that
address this year's theme of “Bolder Human-Robot Interaction.”

** Conference changes due to Covid-19 **

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference is currently being planned as a
hybrid between an online and in-person conference. However, the organizing
committee will continue to monitor the situation and the conference may
switch to a fully virtual format if necessary. More information about the
final conference format will be communicated in January 2021.

We also acknowledge that many authors are concerned with how the pandemic
has affected the feasibility of conducting in-person user studies. We want
to stress that user studies are not the only possible means of assessing a
research contribution. We encourage authors to consider the many other ways
that contributions can be validated, and we will stress in the reviewing
guidelines that, for many of the submitted works, user studies might not
necessarily be the most appropriate, nor an indispensable method to
demonstrate validity or provide valuable insights to the research community.

** Paper Submission **

Authors are encouraged to consult the guide regarding submissions to HRI
provided at:

To facilitate quality interdisciplinary reviewing, and to inform reviewer
selection, authors will be required to select one main theme and one
optional second theme for their full paper submissions.

The HRI 2021 conference has four themes: User Studies, Technical Advances,
Design, and Theory and Methods. Papers may have overlap between themes, but
authors are encouraged to consider the main contribution of the work using
this brief rule of thumb:

- Human-Robot Interaction User Studies: The primary contribution is
knowledge gained from human-focused experiments, e.g., new understandings
of how humans perceive, interact with, or otherwise engage with robots.

- Technical Advances in Human-Robot Interaction: The primary contribution
is system-focused, e.g., algorithms, or computational methods supporting

- Human-Robot Interaction Design: The primary contribution is
design-focused, e.g., new morphologies, behavior paradigms, or interaction
capabilities for robots.

- Theory and Methods in Human-Robot Interaction: The primary contribution
is methodological, e.g., new ways of studying HRI, elucidating or
connecting fundamental HRI principles beyond individual interfaces or
projects, new theoretical concepts in HRI, literature reviews, work that
reproduces, replicates, or re-creates prior HRI work (or fails to),
provides new HRI artifacts (e.g., datasets, software), etc.

Authors are encouraged to review the extended call for papers on the
conference website for more information regarding the themes, submission
guidelines, etc.:

HRI 2021 PC Chairs


Elizabeth Broadbent, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dave Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Daniel Szafir, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

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