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Katie Seaborn <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 21 May 2021 22:12:06 -0400
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*** Apologies for cross-posting ***

IEEE RO-MAN 2021 Virtual Workshop on Bots Against Bias (BoAB 2021)

The first-ever half-day workshop on Bots Against Bias (BoAB 2021) will be held online as part of IEEE RO-MAN 2021 ( on Sunday August 8th @ 17:00 (PST).

Workshop Website:

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: *** July 2, 2021 ***
Notification of Acceptance: July 16, 2021
Final Submission: July 23, 2021

Workshop date: Sunday August 8 @ 17:00 (PST) / Monday August 9 @ 9:00 (JST), 2021
Conference dates: August 8-12, 2021

Call for Participation

We invite submissions to participate in the 1st Conference Workshop on Bots Against Bias (BoAB 2021). This new workshop will bring together a diverse gathering of researchers and practitioners invested in confronting the challenge of bias and metacognition head-on through the rigorous and conscientious design of bots and their study. The intended audience and their backgrounds will be multidisciplinary: from cognitive robotics to social robotics, spanning the fields of human-robot interaction (HRI), human-agent interaction (HAI), and human-computer interaction (HCI), including expertise on machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), and incorporating relevant topics from cognitive science, psychology, ergonomics/human factors (HF/E), education, neuroscience, and more. The goal of this inaugural workshop is twofold: (i) to establish a research agenda supplemented by start-up research, and (ii) to launch an international network of like-minded researchers and practitioners who will collaborate on next steps. The following themes will be the focus:

- Robotic aids for metacognition and decision-making
- Intelligent agents for supporting and enhancing human cognition
- Social and educational robots for anti-bias training and prevention
- Human behavior modelling and metacognition strategies
- Individual and social models of bias and metacognition
- Acceptance and trust of bots as metacognitive aids and partners
- Algorithmic bias and critical deconstructions of bias in robot design
- Explainable AI, ethical AI, and personalization of algorithms

We are pleased to host two world-class invited speakers:

- Dr. Mihoko Otake-Matsuura, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP)
- Professor Martin Baumann, Ulm University

How to Participate

BoAB 2021 will be held online as part of RO-MAN 2021. We welcome position papers, extended abstracts, or works-in-progress research articles on any of the following:

- Reviewing the state of the art on bots against bias, bots for metacognition, bots as aids in decision-making, and related topics
- Reviewing the pro-metacognition and anti-bias strategies and techniques that have or could be employed by bots and have demonstrated effectiveness for people
- Identifying or developing new critical frameworks and conceptual models for the design of these metacognition bots and their use by and with people
- Identifying situations, contexts, activities, and states of being in which bias plays a role or cognition can be compromised
- Developing experimental, exploratory, and qualitative research designs to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of these bots in and outside of the lab
- Developing requirements and design guidelines to jumpstart this trajectory of research
- Identifying critical barriers to multidisciplinary projects and collaborations
- Identifying personal and professional biases in bot design and evaluation
- Establishing new projects and collaborations to move the research area forward

Papers will be presented orally in 5-7 minutes with an accompanying 7-10 minutes of discussion. We request that participants submit a *** max 4-page (excluding references) PDF *** following the IEEE manuscript template for conference proceedings ( through the workshop website ( by the deadline.

Acceptance will be based on a juried evaluation of the paper’s contributions in terms of relevance, merit, and diversity. Accepted papers will only be shared with the workshop participants and conference organizers. At least one author must attend the workshop. Registration at RO-MAN 2021 is also required.

We are aiming to provide attendees with the opportunity to extend their paper into a long article, to be included in a special issue of a topical journal (to be approved).

The RO-MAN 2021 organizing team is committed to holding an inclusive conference experience. To this end, a fee waiver program is in place ( The BoAB 2021 organizing team are similarly committed to supporting participants’ needs to the best of our abilities.

Please direct any questions to the Workshop Co-Chair Katie Seaborn ([log in to unmask]).


Katie Seaborn, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Jacqueline Urakami, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Hiroki Oura, Tokyo University of Science

Workshop Website:


Dr. Katie Seaborn
Associate Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics
Tokyo Institute of Technology

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