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Workshop Aim and Topics

Important Dates

Submission deadline (11:59pm AoE):

February 1st, 2022


February 21st, 2022

Workshop day:

March 7th, 2022

The aim of our highly interactive workshop is two-fold:


  1. We wish to explore various questions and perspectives on the role of theory and theorizing in HRI.  We aim to engage the HRI community in discussions and knowledge exchange about how to create a theory, improve an existing one, or how to evaluate the quality of a theory. 

  2. We wish to bring people in the HRI community together around the theme of “theory-grounded HRI” to foster long-term networking opportunities and collaboration as people will get to know who else are interested in more theory-driven HRI research. 


By participating in our workshop, you will therefore be able to engage in critical dialogue about theory and theorizing in HRI, expand upon and discuss different understandings and applications of theoretical knowledge in your own work and others, and make new connections for research collaboration. 


If you are interested in exploring and learning more about the role of theory and theorizing in HRI, please join us in a discussion about topics including, but not limited to:

  • How to derive theory from data do develop HRI theory 

  • How to create theory-driven HRI studies

  • How to understand the relationship between theory and empirical work to improve HRI study designs

  • How to understand and apply theories from different disciplines to address knowledge gaps in HRI

  • What can be considered the state of the art for theory/theorizing in HRI

  • How to identify different candidates for “theories” resulting from HRI work

  • What the value of, and justification is for theory and theorizing in HRI


A better understanding of theory and theorizing in HRI is not only needed to better support and improve study designs, but is also necessary for better facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration.

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