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HRI2022 EU meet-up (Poblenou, BCN)

Barcelona Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March 2022. Cal l'Alier C. de Pere IV, 362, 08019 Barcelona

As the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2022, or HRI2022 for short, was forced to move from an in-person conference to a virtual only conference, we decided to offer an opportunity for the HRI community to physically meet in Barcelona on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March 2022.

The meet-up is an academic event offering an in-person experience of the HRI2022 conference. As the HRI conference is forced to be virtual for a third year in a row, we feel that a real-life event is long overdue. Participants will largely travel in from across Europe, but anyone who meets the travel requirements of Spain is welcome.

  • Watch a selection of keynotes and oral presentations.
  • Meet and network with colleagues from across the region.
  • Dive in and out of live sessions at the HRI2022 conference.
  • Join global networking events related to HRI2022.
  • Discuss research in an informal atmosphere and enjoy offline time with fellow researchers.

Programme (subject to minor changes)

Wednesday 9 March 2022

9:00 – 9:30 Doors open, registration and welcome

9:30-10:30 Opening, followed by coffee + setting up posters

10:30-11:30 (LIVE) Keynote Friederike Eyssel – What’s Social about Social Robots? A Psychological Perspective

11:30-12:30 Video session 1

12:30-12:45 Presentation of Barcelona’s UPC IRI lab by Guillem Alenya

12:45-14:00 Lunch (self-catering)

14:00-15:30 Video session 2

15:30-15:45 Eurecat research activities in Robotics and HRI by Daniel Serrano

15:45-16:30 Coffee break + poster session

16:30-17:30 Keynote Leila Takayama – Putting Human-Robot Interaction Research into Design Practice

17:30-18:00 Walk to PAL Robotics

18:00-20:00 Lab tour at PAL Robotics + finger food

Thursday 10 March 2022

9:00 – 9:30 Doors open

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Hiroshi Nittono – The Psychology of “Kawaii” and Its Implications for Human-Robot Interaction

10:30-11:00 Coffee break + poster session

11:00-12:30 Video session 3

12:30-14:00 Lunch (self-catering)

14:00-15:30 Video session 4

15:30-16:00 Coffee break + poster session

16:00-17:00 Video session 5

17:00-17:30 Walk to the beach via Rambla de Poblenou

17:30-19:00 Social time at the beach

19:00 Close + self-organised dinner in Barcelona


Attendance to the meet-up is free for the participants. However, you must have registered to the main conference (either via a publication fee if you have a paper, or via a regular registration) before being able to register for the EU meet-up.


You can register for the event. Note that capacity is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Sponsoring and volunteering

The HRI EU meet-up is kindly sponsored by PAL Robotics and Eurecat. If you wish to contribute to this event in one form or another: helping towards the cost of the organisation through running research projects through to giving a helping hand with practical matters, then please get in touch with the organisers.


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