Reports of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence's 2021 Fall Symposium Series

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The Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Symposium has been a successful venue of discussion and collaboration since 2014. During that time, these symposia provided a fertile ground for numerous collaborations and pioneered many discussions revolving around HRI, XAI for HRI, service robots, interactive learning, and more. This unique intersection of expertise, along with the rising interest in robots in mixed human-robot environments, calls for an informed discussion about the future of AI-HRI as a united research community. As such, this year's symposium had no single theme and AI-HRI submissions were encouraged from across disciplines and research interests. Moreover, with the rising interest in AR and VR as part of an AI-HRI system, along with the difficulties in running physical experiments during the pandemic, this year we specifically encouraged researchers to submit works that do not include a physical robot in their evaluation, but promote HRI research in general.