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ICA Human-Machine Communication Interest Group - Newsletter December 2019

Posted By Andrea L. Guzman, Monday, December 30, 2019

ICA Conference: Thank you to everyone who submitted and especially to all of you who reviewed. Acceptance notifications are scheduled to be sent on 15 January 2020. ICA headquarters controls the notification process.

Encourage Membership: Please encourage other scholars working in HMC to formally join our interest group. By increasing our membership, we can better serve the entire HMC community.

HMC Preconference CFP: The full CFP will soon be on our website, but here are some of the basic details:

Time/Date: 8:00-17:00, 21 May 2020
Location: On-site, Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: $75 faculty; $50 students
Theme: Open Questions in Human-Machine Communication

Brief description: The fifth annual pre-conference on Human-Machine Communication (HMC) aims to identify and explore the most pressing "open questions" surrounding communication between humans and technologies, such as chatbots, social robots and smart assistants. Scholars should address what they see as important open questions concerning the exchange of messages and creation of meaning between people and physical or virtual digital interlocutors, toward progressing theoretical and/or practical breakthroughs in relation to communication with these technologies and the discourses surrounding them. The pre-conference is open to all sorts of scholarship, both empirical and theoretical, quantitative and qualitative.

Submissions might consider questions relating to:
-Gender and communicative technologies such as chatbots, social robots and smart assistants
-Accessibility to such technologies for people with disabilities
-Uses to which communicative technologies are already being put and might be put in the future
-Ethical questions around technologies that communicate in humanlike ways
-Implications of integrating such technologies into people’s daily lives
-Potential repercussions of the increasing deployment of communicative machines for societies more broadly
-Specification of boundaries for convergence and divergence between human-human and human-machine communication practices
-Power relations between chatbots, social robots, smart assistants and humans
-Social representations and folk models of chatbots, social robots, and smart assistants

Submission format: Papers, 750-1000 words excluding references.
Submission deadline: 7 February 2020

Questions and submissions should be directed to Autumn Edwards

Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media - CFP
Special Issue: Uses and Effects of Smart Media: How AI Impacts User Experience
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2020

The increasing integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into digital media technologies has provided additional affordances and altered the nature of user experience, providing new audience engagement and gratification opportunities that meet human needs for information, communication and entertainment in a variety of innovative ways.

These AI-driven smart media have helped usher in a new media environment where social bots are used to spread false information, a 360-degree view provides a panoramic look of a natural disaster event – and augmented reality is used to aid strategic communication objectives – including both commercial and prosocial campaigns. Likewise, from personalized movie offerings on Amazon and Netflix to digital virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa, a number of new AI-based tools, mobile apps and devices have changed the nature of our media consumption and habits.

To date, the social and psychological effects of these developments have yet to be fully understood. Therefore, we have dedicated a special issue of the journal to probe into cognitive, affective and behavioral aspects of user engagement with AI-enabled media technologies.

For this special issue, we invite submissions that empirically investigate the uses and effects of AI-based media from communication, psychology, marketing, computer science, information science, and other fields. Interdisciplinary research is particularly welcome.

For questions, please contact: Special Issue Editor: S. Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State University

To submit a manuscript to this special issue call, please visit the journal's website.

Tags:  #hmc  #ica20  #membership  #preconference 

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