Privacy-Sensitive Robotics 2017

All-Day Workshop at HRI

March 6th, 2017 -- Vienna, Austria

Workshop Theme

As robots start to enter our everyday lives, they will bring with them the risk of privacy invasions. Unlike videoconferencing, we might not have control of where the sensors on our robots look, and where the robots go. They might operating in or homes and offices while we are not there, opening the door to an invasion of our privacy that no previous technology has been capable of. How do people think about privacy in terms of robots? Are they worried about their privacy being violated and, if so, in what ways? How does the law view the issues around privacy and robotics? What are the pressing questions that we need to address now, before it’s too late?

This workshop will bring together researchers from a wide variety of communities to look at these questions, identify others, and help define the new area of Privacy-Sensitive Robotics. The workshop will result in a white paper that defines the pressing issues in Privacy-Sensitive Robotics, from a variety of perspectives, and will suggest a research agenda to address these problems.

Workshop Outputs

  • The main documentation of the workshop will be a white paper, which we aim to publish in JHRI or another appropriate venue, that defines the field of privacy-sensitive robotics and lays out a roadmap for the problems that we should be working on over the next few years.
  • Contributed papers will be collected on this web page and made available to the community. If there is sufficient interest, we will investigate collecting expanded versions of them into a special issue of JHRI.
  • The workshop schedule is designed so that we walk away with the draft versions of funding proposals that will end up being submitted to various agencies, to support the research agenda that we set at the workshop.

Call for Participation

We welcome the following types of contributions. Page counts are suggestions.

  1. Full research papers (6-8 pages), giving the results of completed work in privacy-sensitive robotics.
  2. Position papers (2-3 pages), where the authors describe an area of privacy-sensitive robotics that they believe is important and worth looking at.
  3. Experience reports (2-3 pages), where authors describe how privacy-related concerns have impacted a project, their research, a robot deployment, or some other event related to HRI.
  4. Survey papers (2-3 pages), drawing together work that is relevant to the privacy-sensitive robotics community.

We also invite participation from people who just want to attend the workshop and help with the brainstorming there.

Contributions will be lightly reviewed and made publicly available on this web page after the workshop. Authors of accepted contributions will be asked to give short oral presentations at the workshop.

Submission Deadlines

  • Deadline: For all contributions, the deadline is Friday, February 24th at midnight AoE (Anywhere on Earth). Notification of acceptance will be Wednesday, March 1st; final versions will be due the Friday after the conference, March 17th.
  • Review Process: Contributions will be lightly reviewed by the organizing committee.
  • Formatting Guidelines: Please use the same format as HRI requires for LBRs -- templates here. You do not need to anonymize your submission.

Please submit papers to the organizing committee via Matthew Rueben (