Student Volunteers

January 12, 2009 – 5:17 am

We are pleased to announce that there is a limited amount of funding available to partially support volunteer students travel to HRI09.  Students receiving support will be expected to volunteer time to help with on-site registration and with general duties, if needed, from 10 March (early on-site registration, tutorials and workshops) to 13 March, 2009. Being a Student Volunteer is a great way to enter the HRI research community, meet other students in your field, and attend one of most important conferences in HRI. We are looking to include students with diverse backgrounds in HRI and from all parts of the world.

To request funding, please send the following information to

(1) Provide:

  1. Your Name,
  2. Your Affiliation (name and address of college/university),
  3. Your Contact Information (email address and telephone number(s)).

(2) Indicate:

  1. whether you are a part-time or full-time student, and include the name of your faculty advisor with email and telephone contact information;
  2. whether or not you are a (co)author of a paper or poster (please specify whether regular poster or informal poster) at HRI09;
  3. if you are receiving or requesting funding from the Young Researchers Workshop on 10 March 2009
  4. Please include information about your area of study.

(3) A statement of your requested funding amount and a brief justification of your funding needs (250 words maximum).

Note that you do not have to have an accepted paper/poster at HRI09 to be considered for financial support. The deadline for the information submission is January 31, 2009.

Late-Breaking Abstracts submission track

December 13, 2008 – 11:18 am

Our website will be open for Late-Breaking Abstracts (2 pages) until January 5th, 2009.  Although abstracts will be screened for relevance to the HRI conference area, our goal is to have a very high acceptance rate, so the review process will be lenient.  Accepted abstracts will be presented at a poster session during HRI 2009.

Late-Breaking Abstracts will be available after the conference in the ACM digital library. These library entries would be on-archival, thus enabling you to take this work and re-submit it to other venues, while still allowing this early version to remain visible to researchers worldwide.

Authors will be notified of the acceptance decision by January 8th, 2009.  IMPORTANT: If accepted, authors must be prepared to submit both the source file and a PDF version of the paper to Sheridan Printing ( by January 13th, 2009 or risk not having their paper included in the proceedings.

Tutorial: Using and Adapting Human-Computer Interaction Evaluation Methods for HRI

December 5, 2008 – 9:06 am

Participants will learn about human-computer interaction (HCI) evaluation methods that have been used and adapted for HRI.  This tutorial will cover examples from all three categories of HCI evaluation methods—inspection, empirical, and formal/analytical. Further, attendees will learn what type of evaluation technique(s) and metrics are best suited to different goals and situations, taking into account the unique challenges of evaluating robot interaction. Lecture and discussion will be interspersed with hands-on tasks in which groups of participants will evaluate a robot interface.  This course is designed to complement and supplement the course given by Dr. Greg Trafton at previous HRI conferences, Experimental Design for HRI. Read the rest of this entry »

Workshops and Tutorials available.

November 24, 2008 – 12:37 pm

The workshops and tutorials are now available on the author’s page. 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. Two half-day workshops will be held at HRI2009, both on Tuesday, March 10. The two workshops are scheduled in such a way that it is possible to combine them. The submissions will be subjected to a peer review process. There will also be a full-day tutorial, which will run in parallel to the workshops. The participants in a workshop or tutorial are required to register at the conference as well.

CFP: Late Breaking Abstracts

November 3, 2008 – 11:59 pm

Authors are encouraged to submit their late-breaking results for short abstracts (two pages) which will not appear in the proceedings but which will be presented in a special poster session. The submission deadline is January 5th 2009. Formatting and submission instructions are available. The notification of acceptance will take place on January 15th, 2009.