The Ninth International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2021, in cooperation 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 for HAI 2021 will be “Distributed Together, Making Connections”. Due to the pandemic, we have been forced to disperse physically. As a result, online video conferencing and communication through social networking services are becoming more popular. Agents and avatar systems that mediate and extend human society may help us to overcome this isolation. Such systems could contribute by helping us to make connections while we are apart from each other. While all submissions related to HAI are welcome, you are especially encouraged to submit papers in line with the theme for HAI 2021. The HAI conference seeks contributions from a broad range of disciplines such as engineering, computer science, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, business, marking and design. We hope to be a venue to connect these diverse areas, even though the conference will be online.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • studies of Human-Agent Interaction, with quantitative/qualitative results;
  • theoretical models;
  • technological advances;
  • experimental methods;
  • impacts of embodiment;
  • character and avatar design; and
  • agents in social networks.
  • agents in business and marking
  • experience design

Important Dates

Paper Submissions

  • Deadlines for Submissions: June 21, 2021  July 10, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Paper Length:  up to 14 pages (ACM format [one-column], except references), length should match contribution
  • Notification of Paper Acceptance: August 22, 2021

Poster Submissions

  • Deadlines for Submissions: August 6, 2021 August 22nd, 2021
  • Paper Length: up to 8 pages (except references)
  • Notification of Poster Acceptance: August 28th, 2021

  • Camera-ready Copies of all (paper and poster) Accepted Papers: September 12th, 2021
  • HAI 2021 Conference: November 9-11th, 2021

Submission and Reviewing

HAI 2021 will accept ONLY online submissions of PDF files (no MS Word, Latex, etc.). All submissions will be reviewed by three reviewers and will receive a meta review for quality assurance. The paper will be evaluated 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.

All submissions should be anonymized. Please remove all author information, including references to your own work and institutions. If references must be made, make them in the third person. If a person appears in an image who may be recognized as an author, please blur their face.

All papers need to be in the ACM SIGCHI format ( Please visit the submission page at the HAI 2021 Web site to prepare and submit your papers. All accepted papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Library.

HAI2021 uses anonymized submission, which means that the paper must be anonymized at the time of submission.

HAI2021 uses double-blind review, which means that the reviewers cannot identify the authors of the assigned papers, and the authors cannot identify the reviewers.

HAI2021 does not allow duplicate submission. These papers will be automatically rejected without further review.

Authors may upload their papers to preprint repositories such as before submission. It will not result in rejection. However, the authors should anonymize their submission because HAI2021 uses a double-blind review. We instruct reviewers not actively to find such preprint servers, but encountering them will not constitute a reason for rejection.

Submission Site

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