HRI 2017 in retrospect

So this is it. HRI2017 is finally over. 1.5 years of dedicated work together with Jim Young to put together the best program possible. At least Jim and I are happy with how the program turned out in the end. Clearly, there are some points we wished we could have done differently (eg. having a dedicated video session, having longer companion sessions etc.).

When I received one of the two service awards yesterday (second one went well-deserved to my colleague Markus Bajones!), I was so surprised that I did not say the following I want to share now:

How was it possible for me to be program co-chair while being pregnant and giving birth:

1. I have an incredibly supportive husband
2. From May 2016 onwards I put down almost all other duties (teaching, reviewing, proposal writing etc.)
3. My co-chair Jim Young was incredibly supportive from day one in January, when I told him I was pregnant and can no longer be his co-chair. He convinced me that we can make it work and reduced my workload in times when it would just have been too much.

That was lived gender mainstreaming and he deserves a lot of credit for that, besides all the great work he did for the PC.

So I consider this a shared award for the two of us!

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Proceedings of STS Graz 2016 are online

I hardly ever do this, but in that specific case I want to call your attention to one of my recently published papers, entitled:

It was published in the framework of the 15th Annual STS Conference Graz 2016 Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies.

This is a reflection that constantly accompanies my thoughts on HRI research and I would be happy about any comments and thoughts from fellow researchers. Just drop me a line in case… 🙂

Invited Panellist: ForGenderCare

csm_fgc_Verbund_76fe5c1a04I was invited to contribute to a panel and workshop discussion on the interrelations between gender, care, and assistive technology, which took place last week in Munich, Germany. The workshop was hosted by the “Forschungsverbund ForGenderCare”, which studies from an interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical perspective how gender and care play together.

I gave insights from my experiences within the GENUINE and the HOBBIT project. Our main discussion points in the breakout sessions were,

(1) if user-centered design research in HRI is technic-deterministic.
(2) how to better relate STS research and HRI research to guarantee a better up-take of interdisciplinary research endeavours.

HRI2017: Call for Papers

Also check out the guide to submission types!

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction is a premiere, highly-selective venue presenting the latest advances in Human-Robot Interaction. The 12th Annual HRI Conference theme is “Smart Interaction,” following Vienna’s “Smart City” initiative. The conference seeks contributions from a broad set of perspectives, including technical, design, methodological, behavioral, and theoretical, that advance fundamental and applied knowledge and methods in human-robot interaction. Full papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

More information on other tracks, including alt.HRI papers, Late-Breaking Reports, Tutorials, Workshops, Demonstrations and Videos, will be available soon.

Important Dates:

  • 3 October 2016 (11:59 PDT): Submission of Full Papers
  • 8-12 November 2016: Author Rebuttal Period
  • 21 November 2016: Notification of Full Paper Acceptance
  • 4 January, 2016: Final Camera-Ready Full Papers Due

Trip Report STS Conference Graz 2016

Last week I attended the 15th Annual STS Conference Graz 2016 on Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies. turm It was a great experience taking part in a more sociological event again. A very different type of discussion and contents compared to the robotics and HCI events I usually attend. I gave an invited talk on my user-centered HRI research at the Robotics and Society Panel organized by Andreas Bischof and Arne Maibaum. We had great discussions about how to link STS, sociology and robotics and I enjoyed talking to Diego Compagna and Martin Meister again. One of my favourite talks was a presentation on “The rise of disaster robotics in South Korea”. It was a wonderful meta reflection on the co-production of science, technology, and the impact of mass media. Besides that I enjoyed the keynote of Prof. Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer who talked about scenario usage and development in ubiquitous computing. And I was positively surprised that there is a Department of Social Sciences at the Technical University of Berlin…maybe I should establish something like that at Vienna University of Technology as well…;)

AISB2016 – Sheffield April 5 and 6

robotAISB_LOGOIn a few days the 5th New Frontiers in HRI symposium will be hosted in Sheffield in conjunction with the AISB Convention. We will have an exciting keynote by Amanda Sharkey on Ethical aspects in HRI on the first day and a panel on Child-Robot Interaction on the second day. Check out the program it is already on the website: http://www.mahasalem.net/AISB2016/HRI-AISB2016-Symposium/programme.html

Unfortunately, I cannot be there in person, but my colleague Markus Bajones will take over the presentations for the two submission I have co-authored. Moreover, my co-chairs Maha Salem, Paul Baxter and Kerstin Dautenhahn will do a great job in hosting the symposium also without me.

I hope many of you attend it would have been a pleasure meeting you there!

HRI 2017 – Vienna calling

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Now it has already been officially announced HRI 2017 will be in Vienna.

A big thank you to my program co-chair Jim Young who took over the responsibility to present our organizational status at the steering committee meeting and who announced Vienna as next hosting city at the conference closing in New Zealand.

We are already very busy in preparing things and you can see frequent updates at the website:

And clearly, Jim and I feel the pressure to follow-up with an exciting conference program after the great jobs of people in previous years…challenge accepted 😉