Call for Contributions


This workshop encourages designers, artists, writers, film-makers, architects, philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists, and engineers, to speculate on alternative metaphors for human-robot interactions. We aim to create a space for discussing different perspectives on how to design social robots that goes beyond the current, singular notion of social robots.

Deadlines and Registration

  • Submission deadline: 16 October 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 October 2020
  • Workshop date: 16 November (3h workshop)
  • Registration cost: $10 per participant. Only accepted participants are eligible to attend the workshop. Register here. This workshop is held in conjunction with ICSR 2020 in a virtual format.
  • Contributions

    Authors are invited to submit a description of a new approach to Human-Robot Interaction through a Metaphor. Authors can choose one of the two submission formats: (1) 2-page position paper using latex or word templates; (2) pictorial work with a description of the Metaphor, including films, drawings/sketches, poems, stories, prototypes, hand-made models, or other creative pieces that were created by the authors. We welcome out of the box ideas. Submission materials should be emailed to robotmetaphors at gmail dot com and need to be accompanied by a short bio and the cv of the authors.

    Topics (not limited to)

  • Human-robot interaction and robotics
  • Design research
  • Aesthetic and landscape studies
  • Metaphors research, including dystrophic and utopic futurizing
  • Speculative, critical, and surreal design studies
  • Experimentation across disciplines such as music and sound, psychology, design, architecture, illustration, and additional audio-visual arts