Preconference Call for Papers

Second Call for Paper!

Communicating with Machines: The Rising Power of Digital Interlocutors in Our Lives

Date & Time: Tuesday, 14 June 2016; 8:30 - 16:00

Venue: Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel **ON-SITE**

Organizers: Andrea L. Guzman, Northern Illinois U; David J. Gunkel, Northern Illinois U; Steve Jones, U of Illinois at Chicago; Autumn Edwards, Western Michigan U; Chad Edwards, Western Michigan U; Patric Spence, U of Kentucky

Cost of Registration & Attendance: Faculty $75 USD/ Student $50 USD

Sponsors: U of Illinois at Chicago Department of Communication
Northern Illinois U Department of Communication
Communication and Social Robotics Lab - Western Michigan U School of Communication
the U of Kentucky College of Communication & Information, School of Information Science

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2016

Digital interlocutors are increasingly standing in for humans in communication contexts. This postconference focuses on the power of artificial entities fostered in and through Human Machine Communication (HMC), which encompasses Human-­??Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Robot Interaction (HRI), and Human Agent Interaction (HAI). We invite scholars from across ICA's divisions to discuss their work regarding the individual, cultural, and philosophical implications of interactions with machines (including hardware and software). We seek to raise awareness of and further develop HMC research and the scholarly community surrounding it.

Notification of acceptance: early February

Participant Acknowledgment: Accepted participants will be listed along with the titles of their presentations in both the ICA Conference and the HMC Postconference programs.

Postconference Focus: As artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and ICTs continue to develop and merge, we are increasingly interacting with digital interlocutors such as voice-­?? based agents, robots, and social bots. We also are sending and receiving messages to and from wearable devices. We directly interact with the technologies surrounding us, and digital entities have been and continue to stand in for humans in everyday communication contexts. The recent surge of digital interlocutors into quotidian routines has been accompanied with questions - voiced by leading scientists as well as the average person - regarding the ramifications of these technologies and our interactions with them.

In concert with the conference theme of "Communicating with Power," our postconference focuses on the growing power of artificial entities in our lives fostered in and through Human Machine Communication (HMC) and the power that we have as communication researchers to bring new insight into life and communication in a robotic culture. We invite scholars from a variety of epistemological and methodological backgrounds to discuss their work related to HMC, which includes Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Robot Interaction (HRI), and Human Agent Interaction (HAI), in this full-day postconference. We will focus on the individual, cultural, and philosophical implications of the various ways in which we interact with machines. Possible topic areas for participant presentations include, but are not limited to:

  • communicative practices between humans and digital interlocutors
  • the integration of artificial entities into private and professional spaces
  • the incorporation of AI into journalism and other media industries
  • cultural discourse surrounding digital and robotic interlocutors
  • relationship dynamics between humans and machines
  • reinterpretations and representations of humans as digital entities
  • intercultural aspects of HMC.
  • Postconference format: Our goal is to provide a space for participants to present their research and engage in conversation with one another. We have adopted a two-tiered format in which some scholars will be invited to deliver a paper presentation while others will be invited to take part in a poster session. More details are forthcoming.

    Papers: (750-1,000 words excluding references). Papers should detail what the scholar plans to present and how it relates to the overall focus of the post-conference on human-machine communication. We are interested in all forms of scholarship (theoretical, empirical, etc).

    Papers should be submitted as an attachment to Andrea L. Guzman.