HRI Paper Categories and Keywords

August 28, 2008 – 10:40 pm

The categories and keywords identify the submission categories relevant to HRI and will be used to match papers with reviewers.  They are not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.  If you are not able to find categories or keywords relevant to your submission, you may want to ask for assistance from one of the program co-chairs.

The categories and keywords were revised this year based on the abstracts for previous HRI papers.  In particular, we have identified groups according to 1) topic (high level group), 2) method, and 3) domain.  (Note that authors will need to pick a high level group as well as a method and domain.)  We sent these materials to 6 diverse members of the community and iterated based on their comments to get to this final set.

They are meant to focus on the main contribution of the paper to HRI, not on the technology, the social scientific theories, or the methods being applied.

HRI Communication – refers to any studies primarily concerned with how people and robots communicate, including interfaces used to command robots.  This includes (but is not limited to):
•    Feedback modalities
•    Dialogue
•    Language processing
•    Conveying intentions
•    Building common ground
•    Response time
•    Gaze and gestures
•    Situation awareness
•    Interface design and usability

Robot Perception & Prediction – refers to any studies primarily concerned with how robots perceive and learn about their environments, including embodied agents (humans, robots, etc.) and dynamic phenomena.  This includes (but is not limited to):
•    Following people
•    Anticipating human behavior
•    Learning about the environment
•    Modeling social situations
•    Learning from interaction
•    Task/activity modeling and monitoring
•    Cognitive architecture

Human’s Responses to Robots – refers to any studies primarily concerned with how people perceive robots and their attitudes toward robots.  This includes (but is not limited to):
•    Beliefs about robots
•    Responses to autonomy
•    Cross cultural differences in responses to robots
•    Affective & emotional responses
•    Mental models of robot behaviors

Robots in Context – refers to any studies primarily concerned with how robots affect the broader context in which they are embedded and handle the challenges of real world environments.  This includes (but is not limited to):
•    Roles that robots can/should take in social and organizational settings
•    How robots affect work practices
•    How robots affect the domestic environment
•    Teamwork & group dynamics
•    How a robot can/cannot be used in a particular context

Conceptual/Foundational – refers to non-empirical studies that are primarily concerned with presenting a concept for consideration by the HRI community.  This includes (but is not limited to):
•    Ethics of HRI
•    Theoretical contributions the tradition of the social sciences, e.g. using existing theories and evidence to make predictions about particular aspects of HRI
•    Identifying unifying themes or useful paradigms for HRI
•    Philosophical foundations of HRI

Methods & Metrics – refers to contributions primarily focused on improving methods and metrics for HRI.
•    Architecture (software framework, control architecture, etc.)
•    Design methodology (heuristics, practices, etc.)
•    Assessment techniques
•    Task metrics (efficiency, fan-out, MTTI, etc.)
•    Common metrics (system, operator, robot performance)
•    Methods for empirical studies (development of measures, new date collection techniques, etc.)

Keyword Subgroups

In addition to selecting a primary “group,” participants will be asked to identify the research methods used and the domain/application of use.

Research Methods keywords include:
•    Experimental
•    Ethnography/Qualitative field study
•    Quantitative field study
•    User study/Evaluation
•    Simulation
•    Mathematical modeling
•    Enabling technologies
•    Not applicable (or other)

Domain/Application keywords include:
•    Assistive robots (elder care, therapy, etc.)
•    Domestic robots
•    Entertainment robots
•    Exploration robots
•    Robot intermediaries (e.g. telepresence, proxies, avatars)
•    Service robots
•    Robots for/with children
•    Education
•    Search and rescue or military
•    Not applicable (or other)

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