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"Rabb, Nicholas" <[log in to unmask]>
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Rabb, Nicholas
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 19:17:54 +0000
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Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to invite you to consider our half-day online workshop “Theory-Grounded Human-Robot Interaction (THEORIA)” that will be held in conjunction with the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI’22). Please find the description and important information below.


Important dates:

  *   Submission deadline (11:59pm, AoE): February 1st, 2022

  *   Notification: February 21st, 2022

  *   Workshop day (online): March 7th, 2022.

Aim and topics

The aim of our highly interactive workshop is two-fold:

  1.  We wish to explore various questions and perspectives on the role of theory and theorizing in HRI.  We aim to engage the HRI community in discussions and knowledge exchange about how to create a theory, improve an existing one, or how to evaluate the quality of a theory.

  2.  We wish to bring people in the HRI community together around the theme of “theory-grounded HRI” to foster long-term networking opportunities and collaboration as people will get to know who else are interested in more theory-driven HRI research.

By participating in our workshop, you will therefore be able to engage in critical dialogue about theory and theorizing in HRI, expand upon and discuss different understandings and applications of theoretical knowledge in your own work and others, and make new connections for research collaboration.

If you are interested in exploring and learning more about the role of theory and theorizing in HRI, please join us in discussion about topics including, but not limited to:

  *   How to derive theory from data do develop HRI theory

  *   How to create theory-driven HRI studies

  *   How to understand the relationship between theory and empirical work to improve HRI study designs

  *   How to understand and apply theories from different disciplines to address knowledge gaps in HRI

  *   What can be considered the state of the art for theory/theorizing in HRI

  *   How to identify different candidates for “theories” resulting from HRI work

  *   What the value of, and justification is for theory and theorizing in HRI

A better understanding of theory and theorizing in HRI is not only needed to better support and improve study designs, but is also necessary for better facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration. For more detailed description of our workshop, please visit our website:

Submission info

If you like to participate in our workshop, you are required to submit as a PDF file:

  *   A personal statement up to 500 words explaining your background and why you want to attend this workshop. Any layout can be used.


  *   A 2-4 page position paper (including references) using the regular conference template, found at: An example of a general topic could be “why is theory beneficial to HRI?” but we encourage participants to explore positions relevant to any of the workshop topics outlined above.

Both types of submissions do not have to be anonymized, and will undergo a light review by the workshop organizing team. Please submit your personal statement or position paper to the THEORIA organizing team via email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Since the workshop is focused on providing a highly interactive venue for discussion and knowledge exchange where submissions will not be archived, work already used for publications or other conferences are welcome. Nevertheless, based on the results from the workshop discussions we are planning for a special issue with a high-profile HRI journal to provide a publication venue for the participants aiming to contribute to the development of “theory-grounded HRI” (find on our workshop website more details and updates).


Do not hesitate to contact the THEORIA organizing team via email for any questions or further information. We are looking forward to receiving your submission!

Kind regards,

the THEORIA organizing team

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Glenda Hannibal, MA (TU Wien)

Nicholas Rabb, BS (Tufts University)

Theresa Law, BA (Tufts University)

Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, PhD (University of Washington)

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