Pioneers seeks to foster creativity and collaboration surrounding key
challenges in human-robot interaction and empower students early in their
academic careers. Each year, the workshop brings together a cohort of the
world's top student researchers and provides the opportunity for students
to present and discuss their work with distinguished student peers and
senior scholars in the field.
Pioneers is a premiere forum for students in HRI, thus we invite students
at any stage of their academic career to consider applying. To facilitate
attendance, we expect to provide financial support to accepted students to
help mitigate the costs of the workshop and main conference.
Key research questions addressed by the applicant’s research, drawing on
past, current, and/or proposed work,
background and related work that informs the research,
the research approach and methodology, and
results to date (if any) and a description of remaining work.
For undergraduate students, a description of your own work on a previous
project with clear ties to the field, potential implications, and proposed
work is permissible. For graduate students, applications should include
past work if applicable, current and future research plans, and an
explanation of their relevance to a broader research question.
Authors are strongly
encouraged to consult prior years’ submissions to understand the scope and
focus of HRI Pioneers submissions.
The submission portal will open in early October, 2019, at which point
detailed submission instructions will become available.
A 2-page CV will be required as part of the submission process.
Undergraduate students without laboratory experience can include coursework
or skills that are relevant to their project. Graduate students should
include laboratory experience and any publications/presentations that are
The HRI Pioneers Workshop will follow a review process in which submissions
will be evaluated by a number of factors including:
the quality of the submission (blind review),
the expected benefits of the workshop for the student's research, and
the student's contribution to the diversity of topics, backgrounds, and
We hope to achieve a diversity of research topics, disciplinary
backgrounds, methodological approaches, and home institutions. As such, we
do not expect more than two students to be invited per institution. In
addition, we especially encourage groups traditionally underrepresented in
HRI to apply. Undergraduate student applications will be considered
separately from those of graduate students.
PUBLICATION & ATTENDANCE:
Accepted papers will be published in the adjunct proceedings of the HRI
All first authors of accepted submissions are expected to attend the
Pioneers Workshop and the main conference poster session, at which they
will present their work as a poster.
A detailed program for the workshop and the participation guidelines for
the poster session will be available after the camera-ready deadline.