Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction

AAAI Fall Symposium Series

Virtual, November 4-6, 2021


11/10 — All videos presentation, including 2 invited talks, are added to Program! See you in 2022!

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. 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.

ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction
Call for Papers:
Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI)

The application of Artificial Intelligence to Human-Robot Interaction domains has proven to be a powerfully effective mechanism for achieving robust, interactive, and autonomous systems with applications ranging from personalized tutors to smart manufacturing collaborators to healthcare assistants and nearly everything in between. Developing such systems often involves innovations and integrations between many diverse technical areas, including but not limited to task and motion planning, learning from demonstration, dialogue synthesis, activity recognition and prediction, human behavior modeling, and shared control. For this special issue we are soliciting high quality, original articles that present the design and/or evaluation of novel computational techniques and systems at the intersection of artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction. We aim to bring together a wide variety of articles to showcase the state-of-the-art in AI-HRI within a single issue of the world's leading journal of Human-Robot Interaction research.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

Important Dates

Submission Process

ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access journal using an online submission and manuscript tracking system. Writing guidelines can be found at: To submit your paper, please:
  1. Go to and login or follow the "Create an account" link to register.
  2. After logging in, click the "Author" tab.
  3. Follow the instructions to "Start New Submission"

Guest Editors

Jivko Sinapov

Tufts University

Matteo Leonetti

University of Leeds

Katrin Lohan

Heriot-Watt University

Zhao Han

Colorado School of Mines

Ross Mead


Muneeb Ahmad

Swansea University

Emmanuel Senft

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Shelly Bagchi

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Reuth Mirsky
The University of Texas as Austin


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

Friday, November 5

10:00 - 11:00 Paper Presentations 3
11:00 - 11:40 Moderated Discussions
11:40 - 11:45 Short Break
11:45 - 12:45 Keynote on Ethics in AI-HRI (Tom Williams)
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Paper Presentations 4
15:00 - 15:45 Moderated Discussions
15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00 Paper Presentations 5
17:00 - 17:15 General Discussion

Saturday, November 6

10:00 - 11:00 Panel on the Future of AI-HRI
11:00 - 12:00 Paper Presentations 6
12:00 - 12:15 Coffee Break
12:15 - 13:00 Moderated Discussions
13:00 - 13:45 Wrap-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
Emmanuel Senft
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jivko Sinapov
Tufts University
Jason R. Wilson
Franklin & Marshall College

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