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Call For Papers

The 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-55)
Hyatt Regency Maui, Hawaii, January 4-7, 2022
Social Robots - Robotics and Toy Computing Minitrack
Decision Analytics and Service Science Track

URL: http://www.hicss.org/

The pervasive nature of digital technologies as witnessed in the industry, services, and everyday life has
given rise to an emergent, data-focused economy stemming from many aspects of human individuals and the
Internet of Things (IoT). These data’s richness and vastness are creating unprecedented research
opportunities in many fields, including urban studies, geography, economics, finance, entertainment, social
science, physics, biology and genetics, public health, and many other smart devices. As businesses build out
emerging hardware and software infrastructure, it becomes increasingly important to anticipate technical and
practical challenges and to identify best practices learned through experience in this research area. A social
(companion) robot, such as SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper and ASUS’ Zenbo, consists of a physical humanoid
robot component that connects through a network infrastructure to online services that enhance traditional
robot functionality. Humanoid robots usually behave like natural social interaction partners for human users,
with features such as speech, gestures, and eye-gaze, referring to the users’ data and social background. The
usage behavior of users of anthropomorphic robots indicates that users are more open to robots. Some prior
research shows that it is much easier for an embodied humanoid robot to trust users to release their personal
information than a disembodied interactive kiosk. Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a research area of
understanding, designing, and evaluating robots for use by or with humans from the social-technical

Recently AI technologies have been applied to robotic and toy computing. Robotic computing is one branch
of AI technologies, and their synergistic interactions enable by robots. Social robots now can easily capture
a user’s physical activity state (e.g., walking, standing, running, etc.) and store personalized information (e.g.,
face, voice, location, activity pattern, etc.) through the camera, microphone, and sensors by AI technologies.
Toy computing is a recently developing concept that transcends the traditional toy into a new computer
research area using AI technologies. A toy in this context can be effectively considered a computing device
or peripheral called Smart Toys. We invite research and industry papers related to these specific challenges
and others driving innovation in robotics and toy computing for social robots.

Based on the past five years of this mini-track in HICSS-50, HICSS-51, HICSS-52, HICSS-53, and HICSS-
54, the sixth year’s goal is to present both novel and industrial solutions to challenging technical issues as
well as compelling use cases. This mini-track will share related practical experiences to benefit the reader
and provide clear proof that robotic and toy computing technologies play an ever-increasing important and
critical role in supporting social robots - a new cross-discipline research topic in social science, computer
science, decision science, and information systems. With a general focus on social robots and their related
robotics and toy computing, this mini-track covers related topics such as, not limited to:
- Social Technical Issues
- Human Behavior Study
- Human-Robot Interaction
- Business Models
- Conceptual and Technical Architecture
- Visualization Technologies
- Modeling and Implementation
- Security, Privacy, and Trust
- Industry Standards and Solution Stacks
- Provenance Tracking Frameworks and Tools
- Case Studies (e.g., smart toys, healthcare, financial, aviation, etc.) 

Extended versions of accepted papers will be invited for submission by a Journal Special Issue.

June 15, 2021 | 11:59 pm HST: Paper Submission Deadline

Minitrack Co-Chairs:
Patrick C. K. Hung
Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Ontario Tech University, Canada
E-mail: patrick.hung@uoit.ca

Shih-Chia Huang
Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

Sarajane Marques Peres
School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Related Event in HICSS-55

Social Robots and Smart Toys Symposia
Symposium, Workshop, and Tutorial (SWT) Theme: Software Development Approach

Symposia Co-Chairs:

Patrick C. K. Hung
Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Ontario Tech University, Canada
Marcelo Fantinato
School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Farkhund Iqbal
College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University, UAE

Jean-Henry Morin
Institute of Information Service Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland