ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI)


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Inaugural Special Issue

New Frontiers for Human-Robot Interaction


In little over a decade, HRI has become a critical and groundbreaking area of research across robotics, computing, and the human-centered sciences, poised for sustained intellectual impact and pioneering innovation.  Since then, HRI has grown from just a small set of loosely connected researchers and groups of researchers into a thriving research community.  The growth of HRI is on a rapidly upward trend with increasing numbers of students, investments, and projects aimed at getting robots into the real world to work with diverse groups of people.  With this growth, a lively and engaged community has developed around HRI that we aim to broaden toward the greater goal of realizing robots for the benefit of society.

Building on the growth of HRI, the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (ACM THRI) actively aims to cultivate new and leading ideas in both robotics and the human-centered sciences.  THRI, formerly the Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, will kick-off its seventh volume (and first volume under the ACM banner) with the special issue "Next Frontiers for Human-Robot Interaction."  This special issue solicits leading research contributions and insightful perspectives to provide a foundation for the next generation of HRI scholarship.

ACM THRI is committed to the intellectual advancement of robotics and the human-centered sciences.  ACM THRI pursues this aim through our four primary thematic sections focusing on research in the Computational, Behavioral/Social,  Design, and Mechanical dimensions of HRI.  ACM THRI values the importance of creating robot capabilities and interfaces that dynamically balance human and robot competencies while addressing human concerns such as social appropriateness, safety, and quality of service.  

ACM THRI accepts submissions ( on an ongoing basis for review and publication.  Submissions received by October 31, 2017 will be given full consideration for publication in this special issue.  This special issue is expected to be published in March 2018.

ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction Editorial Board

Chad Jenkins, University of Michigan  
Selma Sabanovic, Indiana University

Behavioral/Social Section Editors
Takayuki Kanda, ATR
Kerstin Fischer, University of Southern Denmark

Computational Section Editors
Sonia Chernova, Georgia Tech
Julie Shah, MIT

Design Section Editors
James Young, University of Manitoba
Wendy Ju, Cornell Tech

Mechanical Section Editor
Marcia O'Malley, Rice University

Managing Editor
David Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada-Reno

Development Editors
Maja Mataric, University of Southern California
Andrea Thomaz, University of Texas

Information Editor
Monica Anderson, University of Alabama

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