We would like to invite participants with technical, social science and design interests to participate in this one day workshop hosted at NordiCHI, october 19 2008.

Overview | Activities & Outcomes | Themes & Relevance

NOTE! This is the call for the 2008 workshop. For the NordiCHI 2010 workshop follow this link!

Workshop overview

The aim of this workshop is to investigate how methods, techniques and perspectives from the field of HCI could contribute to developments in the area of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). We are interested in how user- and experience-centred methods and techniques might be applied and possibly modified to suit the design and study of robotic systems. Moreover, we hope for the workshop to examine some of the themes and topics in robotics that may be of potential importance for HCI. For instance, the physical embodiment of robotic technology and aspects of autonomy point towards a range of issues associated with human-machine interaction and, consequently, interaction design. The workshop, then, will broadly aim to examine the intersections between HCI and HRI and how the two fields might learn from one another.

To participate

We welcome students, researchers and practitioners active in the areas of HRI and HCI, as well as from related fields with relevant experience of working with robots, e.g. industrial design, sculpture, and the performing arts.

  • Application is by position paper no longer than four pages, formatted using the CHI extended abstracts template (Or for those who wish to use the CHI paper template). The paper should cover an issue that is relevant to the theme of the workshop.
  • Deadline for papers is August 20 August 27, selected participants will be notified on the 1 September. The date for workshop itself is october 19, 2008.
  • Papers and any questions should be submitted to
  • Detailed instructions for how to register will be sent together with notifications of acceptance.


Ylva Fernaeus, Ph.D in Human-Machine Interaction at Stockholm University. Has published primarily in the areas of tangible interaction and design of children’s technology. Currently working at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science on the topic of Human-Robot Interaction.

Mattias Jacobsson is a Ph.D student and research assistant of the Future Applications Lab and is interested in Human-Robot Interaction and has recently returned from an internship at Ugobe Labs, Idaho, sponsored by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. He is also the project manager of the GlowBots project conducted within the European community sponsored ECAgents project.

Sara Ljungblad is a Ph.D in Human-Machine Interaction at Stockholm University. She arranged a workshop “Designing Robot Applications for Everyday Environments” in 2005, where several robot researchers and interaction designers participated. Sara has been working with an experience-oriented perspective on agent- and robot-applications in the ECAgents project, sponsored by The Future and Emerging Technologies Program of the European Community (IST-1940)

Alex Taylor is a member of the Socio-Digital Systems Group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge (UK). He has undertaken investigations into a range of routine and often mundane aspects of everyday life. For instance, he's had an unhealthy preoccupation with hoarding, dirt, clutter and similar seemingly banal subject matter. Most recently he has begun obsessing over robots and other curious ‘thinking’ machines....

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