Best Paper Award: AmI 2013

I am happy to share that we won the best paper award at the 4th International Conference on Ambient Intelligence for our full paper:

Kluckner, P. M., Weiss, A., Schrammel, J., & Tscheligi, M. (2013) Exploring Persuasion in the Home: Results of a Long-Term Study on Energy Consumption Behavior. In: Ambient Intelligence. Springer International Publishing, pp.150-165.

The paper summarizes our work in the PEEM project. Congratulations above all to Patricia Kluckner, who made the biggest contribution to this success!

HRI 2014: Call for Workshop Position Papers

Call for Position Statements

HRI 2014: full-day workshop on

Socially assistive robots for the aging population:
Are we trapped in stereotypes?

03 March 2014, Bielefeld, Germany

Robots caring for the older population in care facilities and at home is an ongoing theme in HRI research. Research projects on this topic exist all over the globe in the USA, Europe, and Asia. All of these projects have the overall ambitious goal to increase the well-being of older adults and to enable them to stay at home as long as possible. However, the recent Special Eurobarometer 382 on “Public attitudes towards robots” revealed that the wider public does not want robots to take care of the older population (even if the wording of the question was questionable), subsequently in this workshop we want to reflect whether the HRI community is trapped in stereotypes when it comes to socially assistive robots for older adults. Therefore we want to gather and compare findings from user needs analysis, user evaluation studies, as well as interaction scenarios and functionalities of existing care robots. Are our results suggesting similar scenarios? Do older end users in all countries have similar needs and desires when it comes to assistive robots? What are the challenges and opportunities for future assistive robots (maybe for those we develop for ourselves when we belong to the older population…) also on an ethical and legal level? In this workshop we want to escape the stereotype trap what socially assistive robots should do. Can socially assistive robots solve the aging population problem on a societal and individual level? Are older people in general technology opponents? Will robotic helpers be accepted in the home as long as they pretend to be social actors?

Workshop candidates are requested to send a position statement (no longer than 4 A4 pages, min 800 words) before 10th of January about a research on HRI and the aging population to



  • Identified user needs and desires of older adults at home and in care facilities
  • Requirements and constraints of socially assistive robots for older adults
  • Functionalities and interaction scenarios of socially assistive robots for older adults
  • Moral accountability and legal issues of care robots for the aging population

All position papers must be submitted in PDF format and conform to conference proceedings specifications for Late Breaking Reports and include author names. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Participants will be selected on the basis of the relevance and comparability/ generalizability of their work. Authors should send their papers to

Important Dates


  • 10 January 2014, Position paper submission
  • 28 January 2014, Notification of acceptance
  • 03 March 2014, Workshop at HRI 2014

Organizing Committee

  • Astrid Weiss (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Jenay Beer (University of South California, USA)
  • Takanori Shibata ( National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Markus Vincze (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)