2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

March 06, 2022

Opportunity begins:

Mar 07, 2022

Opportunity ends:

Mar 10, 2022

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  • Japan
  • Online
Sapporo, Hokkaido


ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is the premium venue for publishing and presenting top-quality HRI research. HRI 2022 is the 17th annual conference for basic and applied human-robot interaction research.


Important Dates

Full papers

  • October 1, 2021 (23:59 AOE): Submission Deadline
  • November 5, 2021: Review Notification, Rebuttal Period Begins
  • November 12, 2021: Rebuttal Period Ends
  • November 23, 2021: Decision Notification
  • January 05, 2022: Camera-ready Deadline


Researchers from across the world present their best work to HRI to exchange ideas about the theory, technology, data, and science furthering the state-of-the-art in human-robot interaction.

The HRI conference is a highly selective annual international conference that aims to showcase the very best interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in human-robot interaction with roots in and broad participation from communities that include but are not limited to robotics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, human factors, design, and social and behavioral sciences.

Each year, the HRI Conference highlights a particular area through a theme. The theme of HRI 2022 is “Breaking Boundaries.”

Conference format: Hybrid or Virtual

It was unfortunate for the community that the HRI conference could not have any in-person activities in 2020 and 2021. We understand it may be difficult to have them in early 2022, but we are hoping to have some level of in-person activity for the first time in two years.

However, there is another aspect of gathering in one place from all over the world: the carbon emission and climate impact of traveling by plane. Accordingly, some researchers may not want to travel even if health restrictions allow. We will try to have not only some level of in-person activity but also support remote attendance. We will use a hybrid conference platform for the main sessions, making remote presentations and discussions available. We cannot promise it for now, but we also are hoping to use a telepresence robot for conference participation because we are the HRI community!

As an organizing committee, the hybrid format takes a lot of effort compared to a fully virtual conference. We will discuss and constantly re-shape the 2022 conference and decide on the conference format considering the effort, resources, budget, and the status of COVID-19.

The conference format will be finalized by the end of November 2021.


General chairs

  • Daisuke Sakamoto (Hokkaido University)
  • Astrid Weiss (TU Wien, Austria)

Program chairs

  • Laura M. Hiatt (Naval Research Laboratory, United States)
  • Masahiro Shiomi (ATR, Japan)

Location and Venue

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

The capital of the northern island and prefecture of Hokkaido and the fifth-largest city in Japan, Sapporo gained international prominence when it was chosen as the host to the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, and not only in the field of sports or because of its breweries. The most special of Japanese cities maybe, over 60% of the city is covered by greenery and 6 meters of snow for the period of 130 days a year, not to mention its food sufficiency rate of 208%, which is five times more of Japan’s average, Sapporo is a metropolis where outdoor adventures, culinary delights, and month-long beer gardens rule.

Sapporo is connected by a number of international routes, while it is only a 1.5 hour flight away from Tokyo – one of the busiest air routes in the world with over 70 flights per day. Once at New Chitose Airport, the travel time between the airport and the city center in only 37 minutes via airport rapid train. Sapporo is served by an extensive public transportation system including a subway and a bicycle sharing system, providing its visitors with an easy access in and around the city.

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HRI2022 Submission Themes

To facilitate quality interdisciplinary reviewing, and to inform reviewer selection, authors will be required to select one main theme for each submission. They may optionally also select a second theme for their full paper submissions. It is important for authors to carefully select the theme as it will have an impact on how the submission is evaluated and which reviewers are recruited. It is recognized that papers may not clearly fit within one theme. Consider the primary contribution to make the selection and be sure to select the appropriate sub-theme based on the theme descriptions below. While authors will suggest a primary theme, the program chairs may move the paper to a different theme to improve fit.

We are pleased to announce a new theme for this year: Systems. Therefore, the HRI 2022 conference has five themes: User Studies, Technical Advances, Design, Theory and Methods, and Systems. Papers may have overlap between themes, but authors are encouraged to consider the main contribution of the work using this brief rule of thumb:


  • The primary contribution is human-focused, e.g., how humans perceive, interact with, or otherwise engage with robots.


  • The primary contribution is robot-focused, e.g., systems, algorithms, or computational methods supporting HRI.


  • The primary contribution is design-focused, e.g., new morphologies, behavior paradigms, and interaction capabilities for robots.


  • The primary contribution is methodological, e.g., new ways of studying HRI, elucidating or connecting fundamental HRI principles beyond individual interfaces or projects, new theoretical concepts in HRI, literature reviews, work that focuses on reproducing, replicating, or recreating prior HRI work (or fails to), etc.


  • This is a new theme for this year. The primary contribution is investigating or describing how underlying techniques come together to achieve system-level HRI behavior. This can include achieving novel functionality from known techniques, known functionality from novel techniques, or another permutation of techniques and functionality. We are putting such papers into their own theme this year because, in our experience, such work is often disregarded as not a sufficient contribution. We are taking inspiration from UIST’s new handling of systems contributions (a discussion can be found here:


More information to come about what papers might fit best in the different themes, especially the new Systems theme. 

Studies with Human Participants

To support building a strong evidence base in HRI, and encourage future reproducibility of published work, all submissions involving studies with human participants should clearly outline their methodology regardless of the theme they are submitted to, including:

  • ethical aspects considered and clearance obtained where appropriate (c.f., Geiskkovitch et al. 2016, Sections 5.2, 5.4)
  • participant demographics and sampling approach (c.f., de Graaf 2017, Section 2.3)
  • data collection and analysis methods (c.f., Paepcke and Takayama 2010, Section V)
  • study environment and context (c.f., Short et al. 2018, Section 3.5)
  • if a Wizard-of-Oz paradigm was used, a detailed description of the robot, wizard, user, etc. (c.f., Riek 2012, Table 2)
  • if a robot was used, a detailed description of the platform, its level of autonomy, capabilities, etc. (c.f., Beer et al. 2014, Figure 5)


Deadline: March 06, 2022

Program Starts: March 07, 2022

Program Ends: March 10, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

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