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Maria Luce Lupetti <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 8 Jul 2020 09:25:12 -0400
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1st International workshop on Designerly HRI knowledge: Bridging HRI and Design Research

@ Ro-Man, Online*, September 4, 2020.


Important dates
Provisional* submission deadline:  17/07/2020  *Updated*
Notification of acceptance: 31/07/2020
Camera-ready submission:  10/08/2020
Workshop: 04/09/2020

*Please note – Covid19:
Due to the Covid19 situation, Ro-Man Conference and all the workshops will be online. This means that the workshop will be completely free for participants.



We welcome submissions to the 1st International Workshop on Designerly HRI Knowledge. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to build strong bridges between the fields of HRI and Interaction Design (IxD) with the purpose of extending the state-of-art of HRI knowledge. 

This first edition is dedicated to the investigation of the concept of intermediate-level knowledge through the specific perspective of HRI studies. By exploring perspectives, approaches, methods, tools, techniques, and contributions that fall within the concept of intermediate-level knowledge, we will start a conversation on what HRI design epistemology is (i.e., the study of knowledge creation) and could be, and how to evaluate and legitimate knowledge produced through HRI design practices.

Keynote speakers

Guy Hoffman
Assistant Professor and the Mills Family Faculty Fellow in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor at IDC Herzliya and co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab. Hoffman holds a Ph.D from MIT in the field of human-robot interaction. He heads the Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship (HRC2) group, studying the algorithms, interaction schema, and designs enabling close interactions between people and personal robots in the workplace and at home. Among others, Hoffman developed the world’s first human-robot joint theater performance, and the first real-time improvising human-robot Jazz duet. His research papers won several top academic awards, including Best Paper awards at HRI and robotics conferences in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2015. In both 2010 and 2012, he was selected as one of Israel’s most promising researchers under forty. His TEDx talk is one of the most viewed online talks on robotics, watched more than 2.9 million times. Hoffman received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University as part of the Adi Lautman interdisciplinary excellence scholarship program.

Ron Wakkary
Full professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University in Canada where he is the founder of the Everyday Design Studio. In addition, he is full professor in Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in the Future Everyday cluster. Wakkary is interested in design-oriented human-computer interaction (HCI) and the philosophies of technologies through design. Wakkary’s research investigates the changing nature of interaction design and HCI in response to new understandings of human-technology relations. He aims to reflectively create new interaction design exemplars, concepts, and emergent practices of design that help to shape both design and its relations to technologies. Ron is currently a member of the Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI) and Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) steering committees. He is also a member of various editorial boards including International Journal of Design (IJD). He was co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions from 2010 to 2016.

Deborah Forster
Visiting researcher at AiTech group at TU Delft. She trained in behavioral ecology and cognitive science at UC San Diego, with collaborative research experience that spans academia and industry in the area of driving behavior, human-robot interaction and health. She studied social complexity and distributed cognition in olive baboons in Kenya, developing a state-space (and time series) approach to analyzing complex social behavior. Forster applied this relational systems framework in her work with car designers, intelligent driver support systems research, architecture education, social robotics research, art-science collaborations, and movement education practice. Some of her recent projects support interdisciplinary teams developing open source hearing research, automated pain detection in horses and other animals, kid-friendly robots, understanding human behavior with autonomous transportation, and art-science of oceanography.


Call for designerly HRI contributions

In the past decade, the field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) has seen a steady growth of publications that put the design process of a robot at their focus. The majority of these publications introduces a novel robot platform and reports an empirical evaluation of it with the purpose of obtaining a generalizable understanding of the interaction between humans and robots. This approach is extremely relevant and necessary for furthering the HRI as a field. We consider, however, there is also a need for another type of designerly knowledge, which sits between the concreteness of robotic instances and the abstraction of theories—i.e., intermediate level knowledge. These include design methodologies, guidelines, heuristics, patterns, concepts, experiential qualities, and annotated portfolios. Although partial discussions about these forms of knowledge can already be found in the HRI, comprehensive investigations are still lacking. The workshop aims at creating a venue for discussing relevant forms of intermediate-level knowledge and understanding what might be their specific contribution in HRI. To this end, we strongly encourage submissions from researchers that work at the intersection of Human-Robot Interaction and Design Research.

Topics include but are not limited to:
•       HRI and IxD (Interaction Design)
•       Designing/prototyping robotic artifacts
•       Robot aesthetics
•       Design methods, tools, techniques in HRI
•       HRI heuristics
•       Human-centered robotics
•       Participatory practices in HRI
•       Speculative and Critical Design in HRI
•       Research-Through-Design in HRI
•       HRI design for social good



Authors are invited to prepare a position paper (2-4 pages including references) using the IEEE template, and submit via email at: [log in to unmask] 
Participants’ contributions will be published on our website and on Arxiv. A joint publication may emerge as a report of the workshop outcomes.



Maria Luce Lupetti Postdoctoral design researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, and part of the AiTech research initiative.

Cristina Zaga Assistant professor at the Human-Centred Design Group (Design and Production Management department) and at The DesignLab at the University of Twente.

Nazli Cila Design researcher and teacher at the Faculty of Media and Creative Industries, the Digital Life Center research group of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

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