Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction

AAAI Fall Symposium Series

Virtual, November 4-6, 2021


Online registration form:

10/11 — Most papers are linked to their PDFs in Program.

9/23 — Program is updated and most is confirmed.

9/23 — Our special issue was accepted to ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI)! The deadline is Apr 15, 2022. We will provide more details soon.


The Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Symposium has been a successful venue of discussion and collaboration since 2014. During that time, these symposia provided a fertile ground for numerous collaborations and pioneered many discussions revolving trust in HRI, XAI for HRI, service robots, interactive learning, and more. This year, we aim to review the achievements of the AI-HRI community in the last decade, identify the challenges facing ahead, and welcome new researchers who wish to take part in this growing community.

Taking this wide perspective, this year there will be no single theme to lead the symposium and we encourage AI-HRI submissions from across disciplines and research interests. Moreover, with the rising interest in AR and VR as part of an interaction and following the difficulties in running physical experiments during the pandemic, this year we specifically encourage researchers to submit works that do not include a physical robot in their evaluation, but promote HRI research in general. In addition, acknowledging that ethics is an inherent part of the human-robot interaction, we encourage submissions of works on ethics for HRI.

Over the course of the two-day meeting, we will host a collaborative forum for discussion of current efforts in AI-HRI, with additional talks focused on the topics of ethics in HRI and ubiquitous HRI.


Invited Speakers

Sonia Chernova
Georgia Tech
Justin W. Hart
UT Austin
Tom Williams
Colorado School of Mines

Panelists & Moderator

Ross Mead
Matthew Gombolay
Georgia Tech
Tom Williams
Colorado School of Mines
Patrícia Alves-Oliveira
University of Washington
Dan Grollman
Plus One Robotics
Kalesha Bullard
Richard G. Freedman

Important Dates

Submission: August 13, 2021

Notification of acceptance: September 6, 2021

Camera-ready version of Accepted Submissions: October 9, 2021

Registration deadline: October 15, 2021. Register here.

The symposium will be held on November 4-6, 2021.

Please contact us if you require additional time to submit your contribution or have any questions.

Submission Instructions

Authors may submit under one of the following paper categories:
(The listed page limits are excluding references.)

Papers are to be submitted through the AAAI EasyChair site. Our review process is single blind, so submissions do not need to be anonymized. Please see the AAAI Author Kit for paper templates to ensure that your submission has proper formatting.

Proceedings will be published through arXiv by each individual author. A special issue has been accepted to ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI) for extended versions of the symposium submissions.

Authors will be notified as to whether they have been assigned a full-length or 'lightning' presentation slot. Authors assigned to lightning talks will be invited to participate in a poster session. Additionally, all submitting authors will be added to the reviewer pool and may be asked to contribute to the peer-review process.

For any extenuating circumstances that may result in a delayed submission, please contact us.


Please find the schedule below. All times listed are in Eastern Time (GMT-4). Full-length talks are 15 minutes and short "poster" talks are 5 minutes (not including questions).

Thursday, November 4

10:00 - 10:30Introductions and Announcements
10:30 - 11:30Keynote on AI-HRI (Sonia Chernova)
11:30 - 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:30Ice-Breaker
12:30 - 13:30Paper Presentations 1
13:30 - 14:30Lunch
14:30 - 15:30Invited Talk on Ubiquitous HRI (Justin Hart)
15:30 - 15:45Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45Paper Presentations 2
16:45 - 17:30Moderated Discussions
17:30 - 17:45General Discussion

Friday, November 5

10:00 - 11:00Paper Presentations 3
11:00 - 11:45Moderated Discussions
11:45 - 12:00Coffee Break
12:00 - 13:00Keynote on Ethics in AI-HRI (Tom Williams)
13:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Paper Presentations 4
15:00 - 15:45Moderated Discussions
15:45 - 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00Paper Presentations 5
17:00 - 17:15General Discussion

Saturday, November 6

10:00 - 11:00Panel on the Future of AI-HRI
11:00 - 12:00Paper Presentations 6
12:00 - 12:15Coffee Break & Poster Session
12:15 - 13:00Moderated Discussions
13:00 - 13:45Wrap-Up and Discussion on Future Topics

Diversity & Inclusion at AI-HRI

AI-HRI is committed to growing the diversity of our community and is actively pursuing ways to make our community more inclusive. Our efforts include diversifying the participation among our program committee, invited speakers, paper authors, and symposium attendees.

If you are having difficulties, please contact us at

Organizing Committee

Reuth Mirsky (University of Texas, Austin),

Megan L. Zimmerman (National Institute of Standards and Technology),

Muneeb I. Ahmad (Swansea University, UK),

Shelly Bagchi (National Institute of Standards and Technology),

Felix Gervits (US Army Research Lab),

Zhao Han (Colorado School of Mines),

Justin W. Hart (University of Texas Austin),

Daniel Hernández García (Heriot-Watt University),

Matteo Leonetti (King's College London),

Ross Mead (Semio),

Emmanuel Senft (University of Wisconsin, Madison),

Jivko Sinapov (Tufts University),

Jason R. Wilson (Franklin & Marshall College)

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