Call for Participation: 2nd Workshop on


We would like to invite participants with technical, social science and design interests to participate in this one day workshop hosted at NordiCHI'2010, october 16.

Overview | Activities & Outcomes | Themes & Relevance

NOTE! Extended extended deadline - September 7th

We look forward to all submissions!
(Alternative forms of submissions are now also possible)

UPDATE! As food for thought we will suggest that participants read the latest FET-F flagship call, page 27-30 as the content will be discussed during the workshop: PDF

UPDATE! The preliminary schedule for the workshop: PDF

Workshop overview

Help us identify and kill the myths about robots in research!

Our first workshop on this theme (at NordiCHI'08) broadly aimed to examine the intersections between HCI and HRI and how the two fields could learn from one another. A particular focus was on how user- and experience-centred methods and techniques could be applied and possibly modified to suit the design and study of robotic systems (Fernaeus et al, 2009 a). This resulted in re-thinking and questioning common ideas in robotics (e.g. Fernaeus et al, 2009 b), and realizing how the various forms and cultural notions of robots makes it essentially different from designing and evaluating e.g. mobile software running on a conventional hardware platform (already existing in peoples everyday life).

During this second workshop we aim to discuss and generate a more explicit manifesto, aiming to shed an empirically grounded light on some of the myths about designing user centred robotic systems. For example, a robotic system modeled after a human is not necessarily a human-centred design, and an autonomous robot is not necessarily the best system from a user-centred perspective. Killing myths will also include ethical concerns, such as ethics based on user centred design versus the Asimov ethic rules developed in fiction. Overall, we want to start with a fresh perspective of robotic design, and yes, we plan to publish the outcome of the workshop!

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. The paper should cover an issue that is relevant to the theme of the workshop. We are also open to alternative submissions, e.g demo, video or provocations.
  • Deadline for papers is September 7th, selected participants will be notified on the September 16th. The date for workshop itself is October 16th, 2010.
  • 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 the bridge between HCI and HRI. He has previously worked on projects involving design (GlowBots) and studies of robotic products (e.g. Pleo) and more recently worked on the concept of ActDresses, where the already established use of accessories together with technology is used to alter the mode and attitude of the technology itself.

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, and is currently project leader for the SICS team's participation in another european funded project called LIREC - Living With Robots and Interactive Companions.

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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