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Robin Read <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 1 Nov 2012 20:58:32 +0000
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 2013 Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Pioneers Workshop
CFP Link:

Held in conjunction with HRI 2013:
Location and dates: Tokyo, Japan, March 3, 2013
Workshop URL and Program:

Workshop General Chair: Solace Shen <[log in to unmask]>
Workshop Co-Chair: Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten <[log in to unmask]>
Contact for general inquiries and North American region: Caroline Harriott <[log in to unmask]> 
Contact for Asia-Pacific region: Yunkyung Kim <[log in to unmask]>
Contact for European region: Robin Read <[log in to unmask]>


The 8th annual Human-Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop will be held in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, 3 March 2013. Exploring HRI in a small, informal and welcoming manner, HRI Pioneers is a premier venue for up-and-coming researchers and will take place in conjunction with the 2013 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2013). This highly selective workshop is designed to bring together a cohort of the world's top student researchers. The HRI Pioneers Workshop fosters creativity, communication and inspiration surrounding important issues and open-challenges in the diverse field of human-robot interaction.

Occurring the day before the main conference, the format of the workshop will include: student presentations, group brainstorming activities, and a poster session. A keynote address and discussion panel will also take place with established senior researchers who will provide invaluable insights into the current and future developments and practice of HRI. The workshop is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrea Thomaz (Georgia Institute of Technology) will deliver the keynote lecture, and the discussion panel will consist of Dr. Vanessa Evers (University of Twente), Dr. Peter Kahn (University of Washington), Dr. Leila Takayama (Willow Garage), and Dr. Greg Trafton (Naval Research Laboratory); more to be announced.

Interested students, at any stage of their academic career, are encouraged to apply. Applications consist of 1) a two-page extended abstract describing one specific research project or one coherent body of research from the applicant's past, current or proposed work, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a letter of support from the applicant's research supervisor. The application window will run from 1 November to 1 December 2012, and applications will be reviewed by the HRI Pioneers Organizing and Program Committees. The acceptance rate for last year's workshop was approximately 28%, and those selected will typically be granted financial support (travel and accommodation) to attend. Further details, including abstract samples and templates, are now available on the workshop website at

An overwhelming majority of past workshop attendees have gone on to phenomenal careers in academia, government, and industry. HRI Pioneers is a one-of-a-kind collaboration, professional development, and networking opportunity spanning both disciplinary and geographical boundaries. All interested students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity!


1 November 2012 - Application Site Open for Submissions
1 December 2012 - Application Deadline
15 December 2012 - Letter of Support Deadline
22 January 2013 - Notification of Acceptance
3 March 2013 - HRI Pioneers Workshop
4-6 March 2013 - HRI 2013 Conference
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