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ICA HMC Interest Group Newsletter - February 2020

Posted By Andrea L. Guzman, Sunday, February 16, 2020

Important information for members:

Conference Registration Waiver: We have a limited number of waivers to cover the main conference's registration cost. Waivers will be awarded based on several factors including the applicant's registration tier, academic rank (preference given to students and early-career scholars), and funding support. Applications are due by Feb. 25. Apply online here.

ICA Preconference: We likely will have space for people to attend the ICA Preconference. In the past, we had to limit attendance to presenters. More information is forthcoming. 

Recruit a member: Now is the time most people join ICA or renew their membership, and we want to make sure people formally become HMC group members. Please take a moment to post a quick note to your networks encouraging people to formally join our group. 

Social Media: New! Follow us on Twitter: @ICA_HMC. You can also join us on Facebook: Human-Machine Communication Scholars. The Facebook group is marked "closed group" to allow communication to be private. To join the Facebook group, make a request via our page, and an admin will approve you.

70th Annual ICA Conference: ICA HQ has done a great job of providing details regarding conference registration, housing, travel, and child care. Please regularly consult with the ICA Newsletter and the ICA web page for more information. Also, please pay attention to visa requirements for entry into Australia. Citizens of most countries, including the U.S., are required to have a visa.


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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.

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ICA Human-Machine Communication Interest Group Newsletter, October 2019

Posted By Andrea L. Guzman, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ICA Annual Conference submissions: The deadline for submissions to the ICA Annual Conference is fast approaching. Per ICA, all submissions must be completed online before 16:00 (UTC) on November 1 (ICA Headquarters time zone). The HMC Interest Group is accepting submissions for papers, extended abstracts, and posters. Please share the paper call via your networks and social media:


Help recruit members! While you are sharing our paper call via your social networks, please also encourage people to become a formal member of the HMC Interest Group. People can join by selecting “Human-Machine Communication” when they renew their ICA membership or they can e-mail


A few good reviewers needed: Ok, actually we need more than a few reviewers. HMC encompasses a wide range of technologies, theories, and methods. In order for us to provide the best feedback on conference submissions, we need a diverse group of reviewers. When submitting to the conference, please sign up to be a reviewer. 


New officer: We would like to welcome Dr. Sharon Ringel, Lecturer – University of Haifa, as our Inaugural International Liaison. Sharon can be reached at


Questions? Contact Andrea L. Guzman at  


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ICA Human-Machine Communication Interest Group Newsletter September 2019

Posted By Andrea L. Guzman, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

New website: We now have a website with all of the information you need about the Interest Group. We would like to thank Dr. Austin Lee, associate professor at Chapman University, for serving as our webmaster. The site includes information about the interest group including instructions for becoming a member and the interest group’s CFP for ICA 2020. Website:


Student representative: Henry Goble, a PhD student in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University, has agreed to serve as the interest group’s inaugural student representative. Henry can be reached at


Make it official. Become a member: When renewing your ICA membership, please make sure that you join the Human-Machine Communication Interest Group. Select “Human-Machine Communication” from the menu of divisions and interest groups. 


CFP for ICA 2020. We are seeking papers, posters, and extended abstracts for the main ICA 2020 conference. The paper call is available via our website. We also will need people to serve as reviewers, so please sign up to review when you submit your paper. 


Help us grow: Please share information regarding the Human-Machine Communication Interest Group with other scholars. It would be helpful for members to use social media to share the CFP for ICA 2020 and to encourage people to join the group. Thank you.


Questions? Contact Andrea L. Guzman at  


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HMC Newsletter - August 2019

Posted By Andrea L. Guzman, Thursday, September 5, 2019
Why You Should Become an Official HMC Interest Group Member: The best way to become involved in HMC research at ICA and to show your support for this growing area is to become an official IG member. Your official membership is important because ICA uses membership numbers to determine continuation of the IG. The $3 dues are the primary means of financial support for the IG. As a member you will have certain opportunities and rights, including the ability to vote in elections and run for office.

How to Become an Official HMC Interest Group Member:  ICA is now in its membership renewal period and has informed us that the best way to become an IG member is while renewing your general ICA membership. Here are the steps provided by ICA:

1. "Log in" (
2. On the "my profile" page, select the link at the top to "Renew your membership now"
3. Review/make any necessary changes and save profile info
4. Select HMC from the list of divisions & IGs
5. Enter payment info 
6. Select the "submit securely" button at the bottom of the renewal page

If you are not a member of ICA or need to reinstate your membership, click on the “Join” tab at and when presented with the option, select HMC from the list of divisions & IGs. 

ICA 2020 Conference CFP: We will have regular presentation slots during ICA 2020 and will be accepting papers and extended abstracts of works in progress. We also will have awards for the top student paper, top paper, and top poster. More details regarding the IG’s CFP and general ICA guidelines are available in the main conference CFP. 

HMC Research Pro-Tip: If you are new to HMC and are looking for examples of research, check out the programs of past HMC preconferences at 

HMC Pre-Conference: We are developing a preconference proposal for ICA 2020. All pre-conferences are reviewed by ICA, and ICA will notify us in late September regarding acceptance. More details about the pre-conference will be posted at that time. Questions regarding the pre-conference should be directed to Autumn Edwards, 

Who is Running the Interest Group? The inaugural officers are Andrea L. Guzman, Chair,; Chad Edwards, Vice-Chair,; and Steve Jones, Secretary; General questions and comments should be directed to the chair. Questions regarding the main conference should be directed to the vice-chair. 

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