I think that a category on ROS discourse likely makes sense.
This is the right place to propose that. In the proposal, the main thing to do is to confirm that a category versus using a tag is the right thing to do. To that end we want to generally demonstrate that this is a category that will have a critical mass and sustain community conversation on the topic.
We don’t have a formal process for proposing categories, but you can see some past discussions:
Bristol Robotics Lab is working on teaching material related to HRI and how ROS4HRI can be used
brainstorming during the IROS conference with ~10 colleagues about the “ROS4HRI Part 2” spec for the standardization of HRI-related actions/behaviours
several companies (incl. eg Intel, Microsoft, naverlabs) have shown interest in making their sensors ROS4HRI-compatible or using ROS4HRI on their robots
It seems to me that a sub-category would be the right ‘tool’ to conduct these discussions, and help the HRI community to find a good ‘landing’ point in the ROS world.
The ‘tag’ approach (eg, creating a ‘hri’ tag) might still be useful, though, also to identify and draw attention to topics that might not be primarily HRI-focused (and therefore published in a different category), but could benefit from input from the HRI community.
Proposal for the About post:
Welcome to the ‘ROS4HRI’ Discourse category! This is the place for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) practioners to discuss and collaborate around algorithms, APIs, tools and best practices to build human-aware robots, and ensure that ROS is a great platform to do so.
All topics related to ROS and Human-Robot Interaction(s) are welcome here, from navigation in human environments, to social interactions, to kinesthetic teaching/learning from (physical) demonstration.
Thanks for putting together the proposed topic. For people interested in this category please fill out the poll below. We’d like to make sure that there’s critical inertia to make sure that the category will be useful and active.
I plan to participate regularly in the proposed HRI category
I plan to participate occasionally in the proposed HRI category
I would like to subscribe to discussions in the proposed HRI category
And please let others who might be interested know about this poll.