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

This workshop will be a full day event on 12 August, 2021 in conjunction with the IEEE RO-MAN 2021 conference, which is organised by the University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo, Canada.

Statement of Objectives

Trust is a fundamental aspect that helps to foster effective collaboration between people and robots. Trust, however, is a complex feeling and it can be affected by several factors. A decrease of trust might hinder a robot's assistance ability or lead to a loss of interest in robots after the novelty effect fades away. Unreasonable over-trust in a robot’s capabilities could even have fatal consequences.

The current workshop is a continuation of a series of three successful workshops at the RO-MAN conference. This iteration of the workshop will again focus on how social cues can foster trust in HRI and lead to a better acceptance of robots. Although the previous editions valued 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 wish to continue to further explore the role of trust in social robotics to effectively design and develop socially acceptable and trustable robots.

In this context, we propose a deeper exploration of trust and acceptance in HRI from a multidisciplinary perspective, including robots’ capabilities of sensing and perceiving other agents and the world, and human-robot dynamics. Therefore, this workshop will analyse 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.

Target Audience

We intend to open the workshop to a broad audience, such as researchers and scientists from social robotics, machine learning and robot behavioural control, and user-profiling fields. We will be fostering the exchange of insights on past and ongoing research, and the discussion of innovative ideas for tackling unresolved issues providing new and inspirational directions of research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 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
  • XAI in HRI
  • Legal Frameworks for Trustworthy Robotics

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Alessandra Sciutti, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy (confirmed)
  • Dr Hatice Gunes, University of Cambridge, UK (confirmed)
  • tbd.


  • 21-05-11: The fourth edition of SCRITA has been confirmed at RO-MAN 2021!