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FAQ regarding the HMC Interest Group

Posted By Andrea L. Guzman, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

HMC became an official ICA Interest Group during the 2019 conference. We want to express our gratitude to all of the scholars who have been involved with HMC, the members who signed the petition for the interest group, the divisions and interest groups who have supported our efforts, the ICA staff members who helped us navigate the process, and the board members who saw the value of this interest group for ICA. 

 

Here is a quick set of FAQs to help members understand the Interest Group. 

 

What is the primary objective of the HMC Interest Group?

The Human-Machine Communication Interest Group supports and promotes scholarship regarding communication between people and technologies designed to enact the role of communicator (i.e., AI, robots, digital assistants, automated-writing technologies, smart and IOT devices). 

 

What are some examples of HMC research?

HMC encompasses research within Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, and Human-Agent Interaction and related areas of study focused on how people make sense of machines as communicators; the implications of people’s interactions with communicative technology for individuals, organizations, and society; and the philosophical and critical critique of the design of these technologies and their integration into daily life. HMC also includes the study of the discourse surrounding communicative technologies and people’s communication with them.

 

What methods are used in HMC research?

The HMC Interest Group is inclusive of the different theoretical and methodological approaches to communication research.  

 

How soon will the interest group have conference presentation sessions?

We will have regular conference slots beginning with ICA 2020. Please look for the HMC call when ICA releases the conference CFP. We also plan to continue our preconference, and more information will be forthcoming. 

 

How do I become involved in the HMC Interest Group?

You can become a member of the interest group in one of two ways: 1) Join now. E-mail ICA staff directly to add yourself as an HMC member. 2) Join when you renew your ICA membership by checking the box for the HMC Interest Group. 

 

Again, thank you to everyone for your interest and support. Additional questions and comments should be directed to Andrea Guzman, alguzman@niu.edu.

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