Everyone doing HRI research with end-users are invited to submit a case study to our workshop. We are particularly interested in case studies where things did not go as planned. Case studies describing research in the lab or in the wild are both welcome. Examples of unplanned experiences could include, but are not limited to, unexpected responses from the user, issues with the experimental setup or simply having challenges with transferring theory to the real world.

In this workshop, we focus on off-the-shelf robots. In order to generalize and compare differences across multiple HRI domains and create common solutions, we will provide a template for your case study.

We are interested in learning how such unexpected HRI results can be reported. In the workshop, we will discuss and study how failures are reported and be inspired to create a list of good ways to report failures, which can hopefully be inspiring for the HRI community.

Participants are invited to submit a case study (up to 4 pages) to join the half-day workshop to The case study should cover the following sections such that the case studies can be compared in the workshop:

  • A description of the study detailing:
    • the problem domain;
    • the aim of the study;
    • the targeted population and
    • the used off-the-shelf robot.
  • The methodology and study set-up detailing:
    • the (experimental) design;
    • the recruitment process;
    • participant demographics;
    • instruments and measured used;
    • the set-up and
    • the (experimental) procedure.
  • A description of the encountered issues / unexpected situations / negative results / failures / mistakes
  • A root cause analysis of the encountered issues and optionally a reflection on the tried ad hoc solutions.
  • A thorough discussion of the lessons learned