, Volume 86, Issue 2, pp 487-504

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The end of the beginning: a reflection on the first five years of the HRI conference

  • Christoph BartneckAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology Email author 


This study presents a historical overview of the International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI). It summarizes its growth, internationalization and collaboration. Rankings for countries, organizations and authors are provided. Furthermore, an analysis of the military funding for HRI papers is performed. Approximately 20% of the papers are funded by the US Military. The proportion of papers from the US is around 65% and the dominant role of the US is only challenged by the strong position of Japan, in particular by the contributions by ATR.


HRI Conference Military Bibliometrics