Workshop overview

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and mobile HCI to explore issues of mutual interest and act as a bridge between the two communities.

The development of robots capable of interacting with humans has made tremendous progress in the last decade, leading to an expectation that in the near future, robots will be increasingly deployed in public spaces. In these settings, robots must often deal with situations that require socially appropriate human-robot interactions of a specific nature: interactions that are short and dynamic, and where the robot has to be able to deal with multiple persons at once. In order to do so, robots typically require specific skills, including robust video and audio processing, fast reasoning and decision making mechanisms, and natural and safe output path planning algorithms. Mobility is also a key requirement in many of these systems and research in this area shares a number of challenges with the mobile HCI community, including the development of systems and infrastructures for mobile devices, and methods for studying human-robot interactions outside the lab. Issues related to the management of battery life, dynamically-changing conditions like lighting, and background noise must also be addressed. As a result, research on public space robots is often fundamentally different from other work in social robotics and HRI/HCI, but presents opportunities for cross-fertilisation between the HRI and mobile HCI communities.

The workshop programme will include a tutorial-style introduction to HRI, invited talks, lightning talks from workshop participants, and an opportunity for extended discussion. This workshop is the fifth in a series of meetings (and the fourth workshop) organised around the theme of public space human-robot interaction. Details of previous events can be found on the PubRob website.

Important dates

18 May 2018 Paper submission deadline
19 June 2018 Paper notification (updated)
16 July 2018 Last day of early registration
20 July 2018 Final camera-ready papers due
3 September 2018 Workshop in Barcelona as part of MobileHCI 2018

Final papers should be formatted using the SIGCHI Proceedings Format and submitted through the PubRob 2018 submission site on EasyChair.

Invited speakers

The following invited speakers have confirmed they will participate in the workshop:

Watch this space for information about invited speakers.

Preliminary schedule (subject to change)

The workshop's morning session will follow a somewhat traditional format, with invited speakers and short lightning talks from all other participants; this should serve to introduce participants' personal interests in the topic and to begin to discover emerging topics of common interest. We will then devote the afternoon session of the workshop to an "unconference" using the Open Space format. Open Space events are self-organised: topics are proposed by participants, sessions are run by participants, and all the organisers do is facilitate the process.

Morning session: Invited talks and lightning talks

09:00-09:15 Workshop introduction and overview

09:15-10:00 Tutorial on HRI

10:00-10:30 Invited talk #1

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:30 Invited talk #2

11:30-12:30 Lightning talks from all participants

Afternoon session: Open Space "unconference"

14:00-14:45 Introduction to the Open Space format and proposal of topics for discussion

14:45-15:30 Open Space session #1

15:30-16:15 Open Space session #2

16:15-17:00 Open Space session #3

17:00-17:30 Summary of Open Space discussions and closing

Accepted papers


Exposing real-world challenges using HRI in the wild
Aaron Cass, Kristina Striegnitz, Nick Webb, and Venus Yu

How can we transition from lab to the real world with our HCI and HRI setups?
Christian Dondrup, Lynne Baillie, Katrin Lohan, and Frank Broz

Natural Language Generation for Public-Space Social Robots
Mary Ellen Foster

BuldingBlocks: Head-mounted Virtual Reality for Robot Interaction in Large Non-Expert Audiences
Uwe Gruenefeld, Tim Claudius Stratmann, Lars Prädel, Max Pfingsthorn, and Wilko Heuten

Where Can I Find a Pharmacy? - Human-Driven Design of a Service Robot's Guidance Behaviour
Päivi Heikkilä, Hanna Lammi, and Kathleen Belhassein

Evaluation of interacting robots in public spaces through scientific competitions
Luca Iocchi, Daniele Nardi, and Mary Ellen Foster

Experiential and Contextual Factors of Social Robots as Public Servants
Kirsikka Kaipainen, Aino Ahtinen, Aparajita Chowdhury, and Kaisa Väänänen

Expanding the Target Population of a Museum Guide Social Robot
Johan Kildal and Ander Iriondo

Towards Affective Drone Swarms in Public Spaces
Truong-Huy Nguyen, Kasper Grispino, and Damian Lyons