The Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Pioneers Workshop, which is traditionally held in conjunction with the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, is the premiere venue for student research in the field. This highly selective workshop seeks to foster creativity, communication, and collaboration between the world’s top student researchers in the field of Human-Robot Interaction.
The workshop is student organized and led, providing students and postdocs with leadership and service experiences, and opening up opportunities for continued leadership roles within the HRI community. The primary goal of the workshop is to provide student researchers with a forum to share their current research and perspectives with a diverse group of peers and a panel of experts.
To facilitate this goal, essential elements of the workshop consist of oral presentations from select participants as well as an interactive poster session, which provides all workshop participants with a venue to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and network with their peers and invited senior researchers in the field. The workshop format also typically includes a hands-on breakout session, and a keynote speech and panel presentations by renowned HRI senior researchers. The hands-on breakout session encourages group participation and the cultivation of cross-disciplinary ideas. The panel presentations feature senior researchers from both academia and industry, who share stories of their own careers, give guidance on career path questions, and provide insights into the interdisciplinary nature of the HRI community.
Altogether, workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn about the current state of HRI, to present their work, and to network with one another and with elect senior researchers in a setting that is less formal and more interactive then the main conference.
This year’s workshop (2013) is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number IIS-1311610. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Additional participant support for this year’s workshop is provided by the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics.