HRI 2011 Workshop


Social Robotic Telepresence

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A success story!

Workshop Participants

HRI 2011 Workshop Participants (photo: Julie Adams)

This year's workshop on social robotic telepresence was a great success which stimulated interesting discussions, presented state of the art results and invigorated a growing community on social robotic telepresence. The workshop organizers would like to extend our thanks to the invited speakers, the authors and presenters of the paper submissions,  and the main conference organizers of HRI 2011 for enabling this event. We will endeavour to keep in touch with the participants of the workshop and contribute towards creating similar events and venues for those working within social robotic telepresence. Copies of the papers with respective presentations can be found here and a copy of the entire proceedings can be downloaded directly here.

The Organizers,
March 6th 2011

Attentive Audience

Attentive Audience

An attentive audience listening to the talks. (photo: Lorenza Tiberio)

Brian Scasselatti Talk

Brian Scassellati sharing important tidbits for telepresence. (photo: Lorenza Tiberio)

Stephen von Rump

Stephen von Rump enthuastically talking about decisions in designing a robotic telepresence unit. (photo: Lorenza Tiberio)

Workshop Theme

Robotic telepresence, also known as telerobotics is a subfield of telepresence whose aim is to increase presence via embodiment in a robotic platform. Robotic telepresence can be an effective tool to enhance social interaction particularly suited to certain groups such as the elderly. The aim of this workshop is to address various aspects important for social robotic telepresence which include but are not limited to:

  • the mechanical design of social robotic telepresent solutions
  • the user interface design
  • studies on the interactions between the remotely embodied person and the locally embodied person
  • studies on the perception of social robotic telepresence systems.

Furthermore, we are interested in discovering the added value of spatial presence in the context of social telepresence and comparisons between robotic and non-robotic systems are of interest. We welcome contributions concerning end user evaluation experiences and methodologies, results reached from the above mentioned areas of interest, as well as reports from the deployment of social robotic solutions into real world contexts.

This half-day workshop will contain both paper presentations as well as a mediated discussion period whose aim is to highlight key issues related to evaluation of social robotic telepresence including multiple types of users of robotic telepresence, longitudinal evaluations of telepresence systems and general ethical implications of telepresence.


We solicit both submissions of research papers reporting significant research results and position papers. Full papers should preferably be 6 pages, although consideration will be given to papers of up to 8 pages. Position papers should be a maximum of 2 pages. All submissions should follow the HRI-2011 paper format instructions. Papers will be reviewed and the decision of acceptance will be mailed to the corresponding author. At least one of the authors is expected to register and attend the workshop. More information is available under the link Submit a Paper .



January 20th - Extended Deadline for Paper Submissions

January 29th - Notification of acceptance

February 7th - Camera Ready Papers Due.

March 6th - Workshop Day



Amy Loutfi
Írebro University, Sweden

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Silvia Coradeschi
Írebro University, Sweden

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Annica Kristoffersson
Írebro University, Sweden

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Gabriella Cortellessa

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Kerstin Severinson Eklundh
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

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