In the last years, the adoption rate of personal and commercial drones has exponentially increased. This rapid growth is both exciting and frightening. On the one hand, drones are presenting new opportunities, with applications ranging from entertainment to delivery, supporting people with special needs, sports, pedestrian guidance, agriculture, and even search-and-rescue. On the other hand, many negative issues are arising around the adoption of drones and what it means to have them in our environments. The success and acceptability of this technology will depend on how well it can be used, integrated, and made acceptable to people. Many of these challenges fall in the realm of research in human-computer and human-robot interaction.

In this multidisciplinary workshop, we propose to bring together students, experienced researchers, and practitioners from diverse areas. We expect this workshop will raise interest to researchers from fields including, interaction techniques, autonomous vehicles, robotics, ubicomp, design, and cognitive science. In particular, we will foster discussions around interaction techniques, design, feedback strategies, automation, control, trust, as well as privacy and ethical issues in HDI research. These topics are relevant to ensure the successful integration of the technology.

Through two hands-on sessions and group discussions with experts from both academia and industry, our goal is to address key questions around the design and methodologies, and bring a community together to develop new approaches for future human-drone interaction research. While, HRI research has been growing over the years, only few papers are presented at the CHI conferences. This workshop will give the opportunity for researchers in the HRI field to discover CHI and participate in our community.

This workshop will lead to a special edition of the THRI journal to bridge the gap between the HCI and HRI communities in terms of methodologies for human-drone interaction research.


Call for participants

Drones are becoming increasingly ubiquitous to our environments. Many applications have appeared such as using drones as companions or producing 3D-data visualization. Such applications led to new challenges in the design and development of drone interfaces. In this first international workshop on Human-Drone Interaction (HDI), through hands-on sessions, and group discussions with experts, we give this emerging field a platform by bringing together researchers and practitioners. We seek to structure previous research efforts, identify new research directions, and current advances and challenges in this novel research area.

We seek high quality contributions that explore the advances and challenges in HDI and that suggest new ways of interacting with drones. Submissions are invited but not limited to the following topics:

  • Novel applications
  • Novel interaction techniques
  • Manual control to autonomous applications
  • Flying user interfaces
  • First-person view flying
  • Creating everyday interaction with drones
  • Increasing safety and security
  • Communicating drone interactivity
  • Accessibility

Authors are invited to submit a 2 to 6-page position paper following the CHI Extended Abstract format, on or before February 12th, 2019 at Easychair.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published on the website and through HAL/, which is indexed by Google scholar. Selected authors will be invited to submit to a special issue in the THRI journal.

At least one author must attend the workshop. All participants must register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference.


Submission summary



  • 08:30-08:45 Opening
  • 08:45-09:00 30-seconds introductions of participants and their research interests
  • 09:00-11:00 Presentations and posters
    Short oral (5 min) or poster presentations of the position papers (decided by athours), and short keynotes by Prof. Roel Vertegaal from Queens University and a researcher from industry (to be confirmed).
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30-12:15 Group activity 1
    The activity will focus on discussing current and future research problems in HDI sparked by the observation and engagement with drones of different shapes and sizes that will be brought in to stimulate the discussions.
  • 12:15-13:30 Group activity 2
    The activity will focus on themes identified in the first group activity and the upcoming steps to address the research problems, which will be presented by each group.
  • 13:30-14:00 Summary and Closing
    The closing session will serve for collecting feedback about the workshop and gauging the participants’ interest in having a journal special issue on this topic (see "Post-Workshop Plans").
  • 14:00-15:30 Lunch



Prof. Roel Vertegaal Queens University


Post-workshop plans

Interacting with drones is a topic which has recently sparked much interest in the HCI community. Yet the HDI community is sparse and this workshop will give an opportunity for researchers in the field to meet and discuss the future of the field. We expect this workshop to influence future research in this area and help establish well-needed methodologies for HCI research with drones.

After the workshop, the organizers will prepare a report on the workshop for submission to ACM Interactions Magazine. All accepted submissions will be published on the workshop website and on HAL which is indexed by Google scholar. Selected position papers' authors will be invited to submit for review longer, revised versions of their submissions including new material, together with a collaboratively produced paper. We plan to hold an open call in a special issue of a journal. The editors-in-chief of ACM THRI have already been contacted and we are in the process of discussing the details of a human-drone interaction special issue to be published early 2020.



Anke Brock

ENAC, Interactive Informatics Team, France
Email: anke.brock@enac.fr
Website: www.ankebrock.com

Jessica Cauchard

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Department of Computer Science, Israel
Email: jcauchard@acm.org
Website: www.jessicacauchard.com

Markus Funk

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Telecooperation Lab, Germany
Email: funk@tk.tu-darmstadt.de
Website: www.makufunk.de

Jérémie Garcia

ENAC, Interactive Informatics Team, France
Email: jeremie.garcia@enac.fr
Website: recherche.enac.fr/~jeremie.garcia/

Mohamed Khamis

University of Glasgow, Glasgow Interactive Systems Section, UK
Email: mohamed.khamis@glasgow.ac.uk
Website: www.mkhamis.com

Matjaž Kljun

University of Primorska, HICUP Lab, Slovenia
Email: matjaz.kljun@upr.si
Website: pim.famnit.upr.si