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[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CfP for IJSR special issue on the Mutual Shaping of Human-Robot Interaction

de Graaf, Maartje
*apologies for cross-postings*


International Journal of Social Robotics

S.I.: The Mutual Shaping of Human-Robot Interaction


Topic overview

The field of robotics has rapidly advanced over the last decades and has
shown great promises in different fields. Robots were introduced in industry
decades ago, and nowadays, robotic systems support humans as assistants,
team-mates, caretakers, and companions, in diverse contexts such as
education, health and eldercare, the home, retail, and in search and rescue.
Discussions of the emotional, psychological, ethical, and societal
consequences of these developments have emerged alongside technical


Studies in human-robot interaction have shown that, when robots enter
different contexts of our everyday lives, they influence and change those
contexts beyond their intended use purpose alone. Social scientists have
referred to this process as "mutual shaping" of technology and society.
Mutual shaping implies that technological and societal developments do not
proceed in parallel, or in a linear progression from technological
development to societal application, but rather that technology and society
continuously influence and (re)shape each other. Society changes as a direct
and indirect result of the implementation of technology, which itself is
created based on society's (or a particular segment of society's) wants,
needs, beliefs, and practices. The mutual shaping of technology and society
approach focuses on analyzing how social and cultural factors influence the
way technologies are designed, implemented, used, and evaluated, as well as
how technologies affect our construction of social values and meanings.


The decisions made in the design, adoption, implementation use, and
evaluation process of robots affect people's attitudes towards, uses of, and
even their conceptualizations of these (socially) interactive systems.
Social norms, values and morals are both implicitly and explicitly
intertwined with technologies, reinforcing or altering our beliefs and
practices. Once a robot has entered a social context, it may alter the
distribution of responsibilities and roles within that context as well as
how people act in that context. Research needs to explore how use practices
of robot systems and the social environment mutually shape each other, and
what form this mutual shaping process takes. Such studies are crucial for
the future development and implementation of robots for broad societal use
and for the design and acceptance of new and existing robot systems.


Call for Papers

The aim of this special issue is to collect an overview of theoretical and
empirical state-of-the-art research contributions on lessons learned about
the mutual shaping of robots and society. Therefore, the International
Journal of Social Robotics invites researchers from the many disciplines and
approaches that intersect with the development and evaluation of robot
systems (e.g. human-robot interaction, human-computer interaction, human
factors, engineering, computer sciences, (interactive) design, sociology,
communication science, anthropology, psychology, etc.) to submit to this
Special Issue.


We invite a diversity of topics from researchers and practitioners from a
wide variety of fields focusing on how social factors affect whether people
choose to use robots, and (or) how robot design factors affect the social
contexts in which robots are used. Topics include (but not limited to):

.              Human-robot (non)adoption and (non)use

.              Human-robot interaction  

.              Mutual shaping of robots and society

.              Evaluation of robot applications and contexts of use

.              Socially intelligent robotics

.              Multimodal assessment technologies

.              Design of robotics systems

.              Social analysis of robotics

.              Social cognitive systems


To submit your paper, login to the journal's editorial system:

When submitting your papers, please select the option "SI: The Mutual
Shaping of Human-Robot Interaction" from the "Choose article type" pull-down


A general description of the International Journal of Social Robotics, its
aims and scope, and authors' submission guidelines can be found here:



Please submit the journal manuscripts by January 31, 2018.


The Editorial Board is committed to speedy review, fast publication, and
high scientific impact.


Guest Editors

Somaya Ben Allouch - Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Maartje De Graaf - Brown University, USA

Selma Šabanović - Indiana University, USA

Friederike Eyssel - Bielefeld University, Germany


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