Design + HRI

1st International workshop on Designerly HRI knowledge: Bridging HRI and Design Research

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A half-day workshop on Designerly HRI Knowledge. Held in conjunction with the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2020)

Naples, Italy, September 4, 2020.

This workshop, which will bring HRI and HCI together, is dedicated to the investigation of designerly forms of knowledge in HRI. In particular, we will discuss the concept of intermediate-level knowledge through the specific perspective of HRI studies.

The ultimate goal is to extend the state-of-art of HRI knowledge, by bridging it with the design discipline. By exploring perspectives, approaches, methods, tools, techniques, and contributions that fall within the concept of intermediate-level knowledge, we will start a conversation on what HRI design epistemology is (i.e., the study of knowledge creation) and could be, and how to evaluate and legitimate knowledge produced through HRI design practices.

Confirmed Speakers

Guy Hoffman Dr. Guy Hoffman is Assistant Professor and the Mills Family Faculty Fellow in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor at IDC Herzliya and co-director of the IDC Media Innovation Lab. Hoffman holds a Ph.D from MIT in the field of human-robot interaction. He heads the Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship (HRC2) group, studying the algorithms, interaction schema, and designs enabling close interactions between people and personal robots in the workplace and at home. Among others, Hoffman developed the world’s first human-robot joint theater performance, and the first real-time improvising human-robot Jazz duet. His research papers won several top academic awards, including Best Paper awards at HRI and robotics conferences in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2015. In both 2010 and 2012, he was selected as one of Israel’s most promising researchers under forty. His TEDx talk is one of the most viewed online talks on robotics, watched more than 2.9 million times. Hoffman received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University as part of the Adi Lautman interdisciplinary excellence scholarship program.

Ron Wakkary Ron Wakkary is full professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University in Canada where he is the founder of the Everyday Design Studio. In addition, he is full professor in Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in the Future Everyday cluster. Wakkary is interested in design-oriented human-computer interaction (HCI) and the philosophies of technologies through design. Wakkary’s research investigates the changing nature of interaction design and HCI in response to new understandings of human-technology relations. He aims to reflectively create new interaction design exemplars, concepts, and emergent practices of design that help to shape both design and its relations to technologies. Ron is currently a member of the Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI) and Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) steering committees. He is also a member of various editorial boards including International Journal of Design (IJD). He was co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions from 2010 to 2016.


coming soon

We are constantly monitoring information regarding the COVID-19 situation. In line with the main conference, we will take a final decisions whether to organize the work physically in Naple or virtually, by early June at the latest. We are also considering a hybrid workshop format.

Call for designerly HRI contributions

Design contributions have been steadily growing in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) studies. The majority of these, however, usually tend to produce insights and knowledge adapting to modalities typical of the HRI research community, such as introducing a (novel) robot platform and empirically evaluating it in order to obtain a generalizable understanding of the interaction between humans and robots. Despite being relevant and necessary, this approach to knowledge production often misses the opportunity to construct forms of knowledged belonging to another level, in between the concretness of robotic instances and the abstraction of theories. These include design methodologies, guidelines, heuristics, patterns, concepts, experiential qualities, and annotated portfolios. Although partial discussions about these forms of knowledge can already be found in the HRI, comprehensive investigations are still lacking. This workshop aims at creating a venue for discussing relevant forms of intermediate-level knowledge and understanding what might be their specific contribution in HRI. To this end, we strongly encourage submissions from researchers that work at the intersection of Human-Robot Interaction studies and Design Research.

Topics include but are not limited to:


Authors are invited to prepare a position paper (2-4 pages including references) using the IEEE template, and submit via email at:

Participants’ contributions will be published on our website and on Arxiv. A joint publication may emerge as a report of the workshop outcomes.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 10/07/2020
Notification of acceptance: 31/07/2020
Camera-ready submission: 10/08/2020
Workshop: 04/09/2020


Maria Luce Lupetti Postdoctoral design researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, and part of the AiTech research initiative.

Cristina Zaga Assistant professor at the Human-Centred Design Group (Design and Production Management department) and at The DesignLab at the University of Twente.

Nazli Cila Design researcher and teacher at the Faculty of Media and Creative Industries, the Digital Life Center research group of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.