Information for HRI 2012 Authors

Full Papers

  • 11 August 2011: Site open for submissions
  • 9 September 2011: Submission of full papers and tutorial/workshop proposals
  • 31 October-4 November 2011: Rebuttal Period
  • 21 November 2011: Notification of full paper acceptance
  • 9 January 2012: Final camera-ready full papers due
  • 6-8 March 2012: Main conference

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format for full and short papers. Eight camera ready pages including figures are allowed for each full paper. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings, archived in the ACM Digital Library, presented in an oral session.

To facilitate quality interdisciplinary reviewing, full paper submissions will be required to be tag their main contribution as “human-centered,” “technology-centered,” or “both.” Strong technology-centered papers contribute novel and sound algorithmic, engineering, or computational methods that have the potential to improve robot performance when interacting with actual human users. Strong human-centered papers contribute experimentally sound and interesting findings that have the potential to improve robot technology for interacting with humans with respect to usability, design, and similar topics.

Submissions for full papers are due on Friday, September 9, 2011 by 11:59:59 PDT. Submit your paper through the paper submission and review website. All authors will be invited and are strongly encouraged to participate in the review process.

Formatting

All papers for the conference must be submitted in PDF format and conform to ACM SIG Proceedings specifications.

  • Templates are available for Word, Word Perfect, and LaTeX2e.
  • All submissions must use only “Type 1″ (scalable) fonts (not bitmapped fonts). This is a requirement for proceedings to appear in the ACM digital library.
  • Page limit is 8 pages (including figures and references).
  • All papers for the conference must be submitted in PDF format.
  • Submission is not anonymous. Authors’ name etc. are not required to be hidden.

Please be aware that the proceedings will be printed in black and white (grayscale). Thus, if your paper contains color, we suggest that you verify that the figures or images reproduce well when printed in black and white.

Submitting

Submit your paper through the paper submission and review website.

The HRI 2012 review process is not double blind. Supplementary materials (such as videos) can be attached to submissions. External links to videos and supplementary material in your paper are also allowed.

All authors are strongly encouraged to participate in the review process.

Questions about the HRI submission and review process can be addressed to program-chairs@hri2012.org.

Review criteria

All papers must make an original and substantive contribution to the field of human-robot interaction (HRI). Authors should clearly articulate the paper’s contribution to the field.

  • Originality. All papers must present original work. Authors should clearly articulate how the contribution relates to other work in HRI as well as the fields of study on which the paper draws. Submissions should not have been previously published or be under simultaneous review for any other conference or journal. Please consult with program co-chairs enough in advance of the submission deadline if you are not sure whether a previously published paper unduly or inappropriately overlaps with your current submission.
  • Novelty. The HRI conference is the place for innovative ideas. We welcome ‘big idea’ and provocative papers, even if they may not be perfectly implemented. We also welcome papers that bring together subfields.
  • Relevance. We invite broad participation. We welcome research with roots in robotics, psychology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, HCI, human factors, organizational behavior, simulation, design, anthropology, and many other fields. As noted earlier, however, all papers must be relevant to the field of HRI. For example, a paper that describes a new face tracking algorithm or involves an elderly population needs to establish how the results directly contribute to HRI.
  • Soundness. A paper needs to be technologically/methodologically sound based on the criteria generally used for that technology/method within a given field.
  • For technology-centered papers. Please provide adequate details to understand what was developed. Moreover, please provide evaluations commonly used in a given field as well as a path to “feasibility” for a given scenario of human-robot interaction. For example, a paper contributing a face recognition technology would likely use standard recognition metrics (e.g., ROC curve). In addition, the paper would likely include an evaluation of interactive performance in a given scenario.
  • For human-centered papers. Please provide adequate detail to understand what was done, how the data was collected, from how many people, the characteristics of these people, what type of robot was
    involved (if a robot was used), if a wizard of oz technique was used, which part was controlled by a wizard, etc. Authors should take care to use correct terminology for their methods to avoid being evaluated against the incorrect set of criteria. For example, a user study of 5 people should be referred to as a user study and not an experiment. For papers with experiments, standards used in psychology for conducting and reporting experiments should be used. In addition, the paper would likely articulate its contribution either to design implications for a robot in the future or to basic science related to human-robot interaction.
  • Methodological flexibility. We recognize that different methods provide different ways of generating important knowledge in HRI. Thus we want to emphasize that we will treat all methods as valid a priori and evaluate each of them based on the contribution that they make to HRI.
  • Accessibility. All papers must be written to be accessible for a broad, interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary HRI audience.

Tutorials and Workshops

  • 9 September 2011: Submission of full papers and tutorial/workshop proposals
  • 5 March 2012: Workshops and Tutorials

We would like to invite you to organize a workshop or tutorial at the 7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2012). The HRI Conference is highly selective and aims to showcase the very best HRI research, which has interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary roots in robotics, social psychology, cognitive science, HCI, human factors, artificial intelligence, engineering, and many other disciplines.

Each year, the HRI conference highlights a particular theme. For HRI 2012, the theme is “Robots in the Loop.” This theme highlights the importance of autonomously capable robots in enhancing the experiences of human users in everyday life and work activities. HRI 2012 will emphasize embodied robotic systems that operate, collaborate with, learn from, and meet the needs of human users in real-world environments.

Tutorials and workshops will be held on March 5, one day before the main technical sessions. Participants in tutorials and workshops are required to register for the main conference as well. Submission instructions for organizers follow below.

All tutorial and workshop proposals must be submitted to the tutorial/workshop chairs, Jill Drury and Angelika Peer, no later than 9 September 2011. The proposals submitted will be subjected to a review process.

Tutorials

We invite experts in different areas to propose half-day or full-day tutorials relevant to the HRI2012 theme of “Robots in the Loop”. Examples of topics are state-of-the-art overviews of particular HRI areas or design/research methods. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.

The responsibilities of tutorial organizers include:

  1. Setting up a website for the tutorial that will be linked to the HRI 2012 website.
  2. Publicizing the tutorial
  3. Running the tutorial at the conference.
  4. Optionally, compiling tutorial proceedings after the workshop.

Please submit the following information (up to 3 pages):

  • Title of tutorial
  • Tutorial speaker(s), including short CVs
  • Motivation or background
  • Target audience or prerequisites
  • Overview of tutorial including topics covered and schedule
  • Links and references relevant to the tutorial
  • 150 – 250 word abstract suitable for advertising the tutorial in HRI 2012

Workshops

Workshops are an opportunity for participants to meet other members of the HRI community, to discuss problems and to present their ideas around a common topic. The workshops can be half-day or full-day, and can cover any topic relevant to HRI research, development, or education. Interdisciplinary and user-centered approaches are particularly welcome.

The responsibilities of workshop organizers include:

  1. Setting up a website for the workshop that will be linked to the HRI 2012 website.
  2. Publicizing the workshop and soliciting position papers from potential participants.
  3. Selecting workshop participants based on the quality of their position papers, which outline the submitters’ views on the workshop topic and the reasons for submitters’ interest.
  4. Running the workshop at the conference.
  5. Optionally, compiling workshop proceedings and/or finding (or creating) opportunities for formal publication of extended versions of position papers after the workshop.

Please submit the following information (up to 3 pages):

  • Title of workshop
  • Organizer(s), including contact information and short CVs
  • Overview of the workshop including schedule, format, and types of activities (e.g., whole-group discussions, break-out sessions, position paper presentations, etc.)
  • Target audience or prerequisites
  • Position paper requirements
  • Plan for documentating the workshop
  • Approach for recruiting participants
  • 150 – 250 word abstract suitable for advertising the workshop in HRI 2012

We look forward to your exciting proposals!

Late-breaking reports (LBR)

  • 1 December 2011: Submission of late breaking reports and videos
  • 16 December 2011: Notification of late breaking reports and videos
  • 9 January 2012: Final camera-ready late breaking reports due
  • 6-8 March 2012: Main conference

Our paper submission website will be open for Late-Breaking Reports (2 pages, following the same guidelines as the full papers – Templates are available for Word, Word Perfect, and LaTeX2e) until December 1, 2011, 11:59 pm PST. The LBR session is a venue for early stage research results, as compared to the full-paper track of the conference. Accepted abstracts will be presented at a poster session during HRI 2012.

Late-Breaking Reports will be available to attendees and the research community via the conference DVD, the ACM Digital Library, and IEEE Xplore. However, authors will have the option of opting out from including their reports in these archives, which will enable them to publish their completed work in other venues, while still allowing this early version to remain visible to HRI researchers worldwide. Information on the opt-out option will be provided along with the acceptance notice for the reports.

Authors will be notified of the acceptance decision by December 16, 2011. For questions, please contact LBR chairs Frank Broz and Astrid Weiss.

Submission instructions

Please submit your LBR through the submission and review website. The submission deadline is December 1, 2011.

Important: Due to publishing deadlines, the originally submitted document will be taken as the camera-ready version for Late-Breaking Reports.

Videos

  • 1 December 2011: Submission of late breaking reports and videos
  • 16 December 2011: Notification of late breaking reports and videos
  • 9 January 2012: Final camera-ready videos due
  • 6-8 March 2012: Main conference

We invite the submission of videos related to all aspects of HRI. These can be videos of academic or commercial work, can reflect real or simulated HRI, and present work that is completed or still in progress. Submissions to the video session will be peer-reviewed, and accepted videos will be published in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library. Videos will be judged based on novelty, impact of content and entertainment value.

Guidelines and Requirements

  1. Video content should be self-contained and self-explanatory. There will be no live narration or in-person introduction when videos are presented in the session.
  2. Video content should not contain advertisements or be heavily promotional in nature.
  3. Videos should be submitted in their final presentation-ready form.
  4. No revisions to the files will be allowed after submission or acceptance. Do not anonymize the videos for review.
  5. Videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length. Titles and credits are recommended to last less than 3 seconds each.
  6. The submitted video files cannot exceed 30MB in size.
  7. The video files can be in .AVI, .MOV or .MP4 file formats. They should play on standard PC and Macintosh computers without requiring third party codecs to be installed. Authors should verify that their submission is viewable using VLC (cross-platforms).
  8. Do not use Digital Rights Management (DRM) on your video file submission.
  9. Start the video filename with the lead author’s last name.
  10. Videos will be presented on a projected screen. Please use a horizontal resolution of at least 640 pixels. We recommend that you use the maximum resolution permitted within the file size restrictions.
  11. ACM requires video authors to sign a release granting permission to use the video content for the HRI conference. Copyright of the video remains with the author. Video authors are responsible for obtaining permission for any third party copyrighted material (music, video, images etc) in the video. Such content should not be included unless permission has been obtained prior to submission.

Submission instructions

Please submit your video abstract and movie through the submission and review website. The submission deadline is December 1, 2011.

Templates for video papers are available for Word, Word Perfect, and LaTeX2e) until December 1, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.

Policy for a conflict of interest in the review process

A “conflict of interest” is defined as follows:

  1. Ph.D. thesis advisor or advisee
  2. Postdoctoral advisor or advisee
  3. Collaborators or co-authors for the past 48 months
  4. Any other individual or institution with which the investigator has financial ties

Reviewers

A reviewer who has a conflict of interest for one of the co-authors of a paper will not review that paper. Please decline the review request if you have a conflict of interest for the assigned paper. The PC member in charge will find an alternative reviewer.

Program Committee (PC) Members

A PC member who has a conflict of interest for a paper will not handle that paper in either a primary or secondary role, and will not participate in the decision process of the paper.

Program Co-Chairs

A program co-chair who has a conflict of interest for a paper will not participate in the review process for the paper. In the case where both program co-chairs have a conflict of interest, one of the persons below, who does not have a conflict of interest, in the following order, will lead the review process. She/he will take the role of “assigning the primary and secondary PC member”, and lead the discussion of the paper at the PC meeting to decide acceptance/rejection of the paper.

  1. One of the general chairs
  2. One of next year’s program co-chairs