Trust, Acceptance and Social Cues in Human-Robot Interaction - SCRITA

This workshop is currently anticipated to be a half day event in conjunction with IEEE RO-MAN 2020, Naples, Italy, 31 August - 04 September, 2020. The workshop will be held on September 1st, 2020.

Statement of Objectives

The SCRITA workshop is a continuation of two successful previous workshops at the RO-MAN conference in 2018 and 2019. This workshop focuses on investigating users' trust in robots. Although the previous editions had the pleasure to welcome the participation of leading researchers in the field, and several exceptional invited speakers, who identified some of the principal points in this research direction, current research still presents several limitations. For this reason, we continue to further explore the role of trust in social robotics to effectively support the design and development of socially acceptable and trustable service robots. In this context, a deeper exploration of trust in HRI approached from a multidisciplinary perspective (from AI to Psychology, passing through Ethics and Law) is required. Therefore, this workshop will analyse the different aspects of human-robot interaction that can affect, enhance, undermine, or recover humans' trust in robots, such as the use of social cues, behaviour transparency (goals and actions), etc.

As the previous workshops were followed by special issues in Interaction Studies and the International Journal of Social Robotics. We will follow up this year's workshop with a special issue in Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics.

Target Audience

We are seeking papers covering all the different aspects of Human-Robot Interaction that can affect, enhance, undermine and recovery of humans' trust and acceptance in robots. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impact of Social Cues on Trust in Human-Robot Interaction
  • Measuring Trust in Human-Robot Interaction
  • Trust Violation and Recovery Mechanism in HRI
  • Effects of Humans' Acceptance on Trust of Robots
  • Humans Sense of Control and Trust in Robots
  • Trust and Assistive Robotics
  • Overtrust in Robots
  • Antecedent of Trust and Robot Trust
  • Enhancing Humans Trust in Robots
  • Enhancing Trust in a Robot Companion
  • Privacy implications on Trust in HRI
  • Mental models and Trust in HRI
  • Trust and Safety in HRI
  • Ethics implications on Trust in HRI
  • Trustworthy AI
  • Legal frameworks for trustworthy robotics

Invited Speakers

  1. Prof Bertram F. Malle, Social Cognitive Science Research Lab, Brown University
  2. Prof Cindy L. Bethel, STaRS Lab, Mississipi State University


  • Special issue articles are published on an ongoing basis in Volume 12, Issue 1 of Paladyn, Journal of Behavioural Robotics.
  • A recording of the workshop has been made available for registered users.
  • The special issue submission deadline has been further extended until 15.05.2021.
  • We have extended the special issue submission deadline to 31.03.2021.
  • Prof. Bertram Malle has been confirmed as an invited speaker.
  • We have extended the submission deadline by two weeks until 09.08.2020.
  • The workshop date and time are Tuesday, 1st September 4:00 to 7:15 pm CEST.
  • Prof Cindy L. Bethel has been confirmed as an invited speaker.
  • A special issue has been confirmed at Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics.
  • RO-MAN 2020 will be held as a virtual conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, SCRITA will be held online.
  • We are now accepting your submissions. A link is available on the submissions page.
  • We have added deadlines and author instructions to our submissions page.
  • Prof Dana Kulić has been confirmed as an invited speaker.
  • We are closely monitoring the RO-MAN Steering and Organisation committees' decisions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We also are actively considering alternatives to allow the workshop to take place in case disruptions should still occur in September.
  • The third iteration of SCRITA Trust, Acceptance and Social Cues in Human-Robot Interaction has been accepted at RO-MAN 2020 in Naples, Italy.