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Symposium Contributions:

The symposium encourages submissions in any of the following categories. At the time of submission, the submission category should be indicated. If authors feel that their particular contribution does not fit into any of the below mentioned categories, they should indicate this when submitting their paper so that the reviewing process can take this into consideration.

*N* Novel research findings resulting from completed empirical studies
In this category we encourage submissions where a substantial body of findings has been accumulated based on precise research questions or hypotheses. Such studies are expected to fit within a particular experimental framework (e.g. using qualitative or quantitative evaluation techniques) and the reviewing of such papers will apply relevant (statistical and other) criteria accordingly. Findings of such studies should provide novel insights into human-robot interaction studies.

*E* Exploratory studies
Exploratory studies are often necessary to pilot and fine-tune the methodological approach, procedures and measures. In a young research field such as HRI with novel applications and various robotic platforms, exploratory studies are also often required to derive a set of concrete research questions or hypothesis, in particular concerning issues where there is little related theoretical and experimental work. Although care must be taken in the interpretation of findings from such studies, they may highlight issues of great interest and relevance to peers.

*S* Case studies
Due to the nature of many HRI studies, a large-scale quantitative approach is sometimes neither feasible nor desirable. However, case study evaluation can provide meaningful findings if presented appropriately. Thus, case studies with only one participant, or a small group of participants, are encouraged if they are carried out and analysed in sufficient depth.

*P* Position papers
While categories N, E and S require reporting on HRI studies or experiments, position papers can be conceptual or theoretical, providing new interpretations of known results. Also, in this category we consider papers that present new ideas without having a complete study to report on. Papers in this category will be judged on the soundness of the argument presented, the significance of the ideas and the interest to the HRI community.

*R* Replication of HRI studies
To develop as a field, HRI findings obtained by one research group need to be replicated by other groups. Without any additional novel insights, such work is often not publishable. Within this category, authors will have the opportunity to report on studies that confirm or disconfirm findings from experiments that have already been reported in the literature. This category includes studies that report on negative findings.

*D* Live HRI Demonstrations
Contributors may have an opportunity to provide live demonstrations (live or via Skype), pending the outcome of negotiations with the local organisation team. The demo should highlight interesting features and insights into HRI. Purely entertaining demonstrations without significant research content are discouraged.

*Y* System Development
Research in this category includes the design and development of new sensors, robot designs and algorithms for socially interactive robots. Extensive user studies are not necessarily required in this category.

Submission Format:

We invite unpublished, original work as extended abstracts of up to 3 pages or full papers of up to 8 pages according to the AISB 2014 formatting guidelines (double column). In category *D* we invite one page descriptions detailing the demo and its associated research questions.

In addition to paper presentations, the symposium will also include invited talks and, potentially, panels. The symposium schedule will emphasise critical discussions of the presented research as well as wider issues that are important to HRI.

Note: Since the organisers of the AISB convention have not yet provided the 2014 paper template on the convention website, we encourage our authors to use the 2013 template which can be found here.


All accepted contributions will be published in the symposium proceedings (hard-copy and electronic copy). A special journal issue will be considered and/or a book publication with a selection of extended versions of the best symposium contributions.