Groups in Human-Robot Interaction

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A Workshop proposal for the

IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2017)

Lisbon, Portugal, August 28 through September 1, 2017.


Title: Groups in Human-Robot Interaction

Format: Full Day Workshop



The objectives of this workshop are to:

  1. Create a forum to brainstorm and discuss aspects of intergroup interaction, teamwork, and multi-agent systems that are particularly relevant in HRI
  2. Provide an opportunity for authors to receive detailed feedback on works in progress that relate to groups in HRI
  3. Brainstorm critical directions to take research and robot design in group HRI
  4. Share knowledge and ideas of how to build and program robots for intergroup interaction
  5. Encourage discussion about questions such as, “when are robots considered a group or grouped together,” “are robots, by definition of not being human, an outgroup to humans?” “how to coordinate robots (e.g., by programming)”


Intended Audience

Because this topic broadly affects people who will work with or live near robots, we invite people from all domains, from practitioners to researchers to designers of HRI and robots. We especially invite scholars of various backgrounds (e.g., social psychology, sociology, swarm robotics, human-robot teaming) to share their diverse perspectives on intergroup relationship and interaction.





In this workshop we focus to the future and use the workshop to brainstorm and provide feedback on ideas for current and future projects. To do so, we will solicit full papers (six pages), and those paper presenters that are accepted will have the opportunity to give oral presentations (15 minutes) with extra time for questions (15 minutes) in order to allow for more in-depth discussion. They will also be asked to prepare posters so scholars can follow up on the discussion after the presentation.

Each attendee will be asked to read 1 to 2 papers more in-depth and write down well-thought-out comments or questions that they have about the paper. This will be done in order to facilitate deeper thinking on each workshop paper and so that presenters and attendees can get the most out of learning about each project. Prior workshops that have used this format have had positive reviews.



List of topics

  • Intergroup interactions in HRI
  • Teamwork in HRI
  • Multiple robots interacting with one or more humans
  • Multiple humans interacting with one or more robots
  • Programming coordination of swarms or groups of robots
  • Ethical implications of robot groups


Prior meetings

Groups in Human-Robot Interaction 2016 at RO-MAN 2016

Robots in Groups and Teams at CSCW 2017