UPDATE: (22/05/2014): DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST the new deadline is May 25, 2014 (23:59 PST).
UPDATE: (02/04/2014): The submission website is now running.


The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014)

              Tsukuba, Japan, October 29-31, 2014


People are increasingly finding themselves interacting with computerized agents, such as autonomous and tele-presence robots in homes, healthcare, or in search and rescue, or virtual characters in the expanding gaming industry or for serious games, sometimes representing other people through on-line social and interactive meeting places. Although these broad areas have their own unique research challenges, there is a clear commonality to be addressed in the investigation of how people interact with agents, whether they have physical or virtual embodiments, or represent remote people or an AI algorithm, a commonality that requires explicit consideration.

The Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2014, in co-operation with ACM SIGCHI) aims to be the premier interdisciplinary venue for discussing and disseminating state-of-the-art research and results that have implications across conventional interaction boundaries including robots, software agents and digitally-mediated human-human communication. HAI will gather researchers from fields spanning engineering, computer science, psychology and sociology, and will cover diverse topics, including human-robot interaction, affective computing, computer-supported collaborative work, gaming and serious games, artificial intelligence, and more.

The theme of this year’s conference is “equations and theories relating robots, avatars, and virtual characters.”

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • design of Human-Agent Interaction, including quantitative and qualitative results
  • theoretical models of Human-Agent Interaction
  • impacts of embodiment (e.g., physical vs digital, human vs animal-like)
  • experimental methods for Human-Agent Interaction

This includes more targeted results that have implications to the broader human-agent interaction community:

  • human-robot interaction
  • human-virtual agent interaction
  • interaction with smart homes and smart cars
  • distributed groupware where people have remote embodiments and representations
  • and more!

All full papers and posters presented in HAI 2014 will be archived in the ACM digital library.


<< Important Dates >>

We are happy to announce four workshops at this year’s HAI. More information will be posted as it becomes available. For individual workshop information, please refer to the workshop’s website.

Workshp Proposals

  • Workshop proposals due: August 1, 2014
  • Acceptance notification: August 15, 2014
  • Workshops: October 28, 2014
  • Paper Submissions

    • Deadlines for Submissions: May 22, 2014 (23:59 PST).
      UPDATE: (22/05/2014): DUE TO POPULAR REQUEST the new deadline is May 25, 2014 (23:59 PST).
    • Paper Length: 4-8 pages, length should match contribution
    • Notification of Paper Acceptance: June 1 July 10, 2014
    • Publication: Accepted full papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Library

    Poster Submissions

    • Deadlines for Submissions: June 10 July 20, 2014 (23:59 PST).
    • Format: ACM CHI Extended Abstract Format
    • Anonymization: optional
    • Paper Length: 2 pages Maximum 4 pages
    • Notification of Poster Acceptance: June 20 July 30, 2014
    • Publication: Accepted poster papers will be archived in the ACM Digial Library

    Camera-ready Copies of accepted (full paper and poster) submissions : August 10 August 20, 2014

    HAI 2014 Conference: October 29-31, 2014


    << Submission and Reviewing >>

    HAI 2014 will accept ONLY online submissions of PDF files (no MS Word, Latex, etc.). Paper submissions should be at least 4 pages but no more than 8 pages. Similarly, poster submissions should be no more than 4 pages. All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of research originality, excellence, and significance, and relevance to HAI. We also invite position papers, preliminary (but high impact) studies, and concept papers.

    Full papers must be anonymized and need to be in the ACM SIGCHI format (; be sure to leave the ACM copyright area blank. Please visit the submission page ( to prepare and submit your papers.


    << Workshop Proposals >>

    Call for Workshop Proposals
    HAI 2014 is soliciting proposals for workshops to be held on the day before the conference. The conference is being held in Tsukuba, Japan from October 29 to 31, 2014. Workshops will take place on October 28. We invite proposals for half-day and one-day workshops in relevant topics in Human-Agent Interaction. Workshop organizers and participants are expected to attend the main HAI conference. Workshops provide an opportunity to discuss current topics in a small and interactive atmosphere. We encourage proposals for a wide range of workshops, and interdisciplinary workshops that bring together researchers and practitioners from different communities are especially welcome.

    Guidelines for Proposals
    The workshop proposals should be submitted by email to the workshop chair. The following information should be provided:

    • Workshop title
    • Motivation and topics of the workshop
    • Contact information of the workshop chairs, including affiliation, email address, homepage, and previous experience in chairing scientific events
    • Workshop format (invited talks, paper presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, etc.)
    • Tentative list of program committee members
    • Length (half day or full day)

    Workshop Publications
    Each workshop is responsible for managing its own publication if it is desired.

    If you’re interested in proposing a workshop, please contact the Workshop Chair, Natsuki Oka, email: nat AT

    << Organizing Committee >>

    General Co-Chairs:
    Hideaki Kuzuoka, University of Tsukuba
    Tetsuo Ono, Hokkaido University

    Program Co-Chairs:
    Michita Imai, Keio University
    James Young, University of Manitoba

    Local Organization Co-Chairs:
    Hirotaka Osawa, University of Tsukuba
    Yugo Hayashi, Ritsumeikan University

    Finance Chair:
    Yugo Takeuchi, Shizuoka University\

    Poster Chair:
    Kazunori Terada, Gifu University

    Sponsorship Chair:
    Yoshihiko Murakawa, Fujitsu Lab.

    Workshop Chair:
    Natsuki Oka, Kyoto Institute of Technology

    Publicity Chair:
    Daisuke Katagami, Tokyo Polytechnic University

    Publications Chair:
    Kazuki Kobayashi, Shinshu University

    Web Chair:
    Daniel Rea, University of Manitoba

    Design Chair:
    Nagisa Munekata, Hokkaido University


    << Program Committee >>

    Fereshteh Amini, University of Manitoba
    Sean Andrist, University of Wisconsin
    Christian Becker-Asano, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
    Christoph Bartneck, Canterbury University
    Jeffrey Boyd, University of Calgary
    Andrea Bunt, University of Manitoba
    Mauro Dragone, University College Dublin
    Hironori Egi, Kobe University
    Barret Ens, University of Manitoba,
    Dylan Glas, ATR
    Yugo Hayashi, Ritsumeikan University
    Guy Hoffman, IDC Herzliya
    Chien-Ming Huang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Julien Hue, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
    Michimasa Inaba, Hiroshima City University
    Pourang Irani, University of Manitoba
    Kentaro Ishii, University of Tokyo
    Gil-Jin Jang, School of Electronics Engineering, KNU
    Koh Kakusho, Kwansei Gakuin University
    Yusuke Kanai, Keio University
    Masayoshi Kanoh, Chukyo University
    Daisuke Katagami, Tokyo Polytechnic University
    Jun Kato, AIST
    Kheng Koay, University of Hertfordshire
    Tomoko Koda, Osaka Institute of Technology
    Takanori Komatsu, Meiji University
    Hideaki Kuzuoka, University of Tsukuba
    Sonya S. Kwak, Ewha Womans University
    Shaun Lawson, University of Lincoln UK
    Karon MacLean, University of British Columbia
    Setareh Manesh, University of Calgary
    Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, University of Genoa
    Amir Meghdadi, University of Manitoba
    ChunYan Miao, Nanyang Technological University
    Kouta Minamizawa, University of Tokyo
    Nagisa Munekata, Hokkaido University
    Yoshihiko Murakawa, Fujitsu
    Hideyuki Nakanishi, Osaka University
    Yasushi Nakauchi, Carnegie Mellon University
    Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Honda Research Institute USA
    Haruno Noma, Ritsumeikan University
    Tatsuya Nomura, Ryukoku University
    Mohammad Obaid, Chalmers University of Technology
    Kohei Ogawa, Osaka University
    Natsuki Oka, Kyoto Institute of Technology
    Tetsuo Ono, Hokkaido University
    Hirotaka Osawa, University of Tsukuba
    Mai Otsuki, Ritsumeikan University
    Hyeyoung Park, School of Computer Engineering, KNU
    Rui Prada, INESC-ID
    Ferdian Pratama, JAIST
    Irene Rae, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Juan David Hincapie Ramos, University of Manitoba
    Daniel Rea, University of Manitoba
    Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University
    Daisuke Sakamoto, University of Tokyo
    Satoru Satake, ATR
    Ehud Sharlin, University of Calgary
    Solace Shen, University of Washington
    Masahiro Shiomi, ATR
    Sowmya Somanath, University of Calgary
    Yuta Sugiura, Keio University
    Osamu Sugiyama, ATR
    Yasuyuki Sumi, Future University
    JaYoung Sung, Google
    Hideyuki Takahashi, Tohoku University
    Kazuki Takashima, Tohoku University
    Yugo Takeuchi, Shizuoka University
    Kazunori Terada, Gifu University
    Bob Wang, National Taiwan University
    Tomoko Yonezawa, Kansai University
    Huang Zhiyong, I2R
    Jakub Zlotowski, University of Cantebury

    For inquiries, please contact