Call for Papers: Social Robots and Human-Robot Interactions

Social robots comprise a physical humanoid robot component that connects through a network infrastructure to Cloud services that enhance traditional robot functionalities. Humanoid robots often behave like natural partners for social interaction for human users, with features such as speech, gestures, and eye-gaze when referring to users’ data and social context. Social robots can interact with humans by performing tasks that adhere to specific social cues and rules. Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a research area whose purpose is to understand, design, and evaluate robots for use by or with humans. The foundations of this special issue will set the baseline for understanding how HRI is likely to influence and change our new practices and lifestyle. This special issue provides the fundamentals of social robots, covering their computational development, technical capabilities, and roles in academic, societal, corporate, and governmental strategies. This special issue will also investigate new research topics and directions. This special issue covers topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Social-technical models and ontologies for robots
  • Security, reliability, privacy, and trust in robots
  • Standards and solution stacks in robots
  • Chatbots and automated conversational services
  • Uncanny Valley Theory in robots
  • Uncooperative, emotional and adversarial behavior of HRI
  • Adoption and appropriation in HRI
  • Empirical studies examining the cognitive, psychological, emotional, and social aspects of HRI
  • Haptic feedback and touch on HRI
  • Robot attractiveness in HRI
  • Ethical and social concerns in HRI
  • Design implications for robot interactions at home, work, and public spaces
  • Human-oriented practices that promote HRI
  • User experience design
  • New methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks for HRI
  • Case studies


  • February 15, 2022: Full paper submission due
  • March 15, 2022: First-round reviews due and initial decision
  • April 15, 2022: Revised submissions due
  • May 15, 2022: Second-round reviews due
  • July 15, 2022: Revised submissions due
  • August 15, 2022: Final Decision
  • September 15, 2022: Camera-ready version due

Patrick C. K. Hung
Faculty of Business and Information Technology
Ontario Tech University, Canada


All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Springer Editorial System for the Journal of Supercomputing ( Follow the submission instructions given on this site.

All manuscripts should comply with the journal’s submission guidelines. Detailed author guidelines are available at

Manuscripts must not have been published previously or be currently under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. Extended versions of previous papers are expected to have at least 40% new material different from the original work (new research results.)


Submissions will be reviewed by at least three experts in the field. The primary evaluation criteria are high-quality of the submission, innovative aspects in the domain of metamorphic testing, practical applications of proposed idea(s), and thorough evaluation. The guest editors in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief will make final decisions.