Call: Robophilosophy 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS – INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE

WHAT SOCIAL ROBOTS CAN AND SHOULD DO
Robophilosophy 2016 / TRANSOR 2016
October 17-21, 2016
Aarhus University, Denmark

www.robo-philosophy.org

FOCUS

The “robotic moment” (Turkle 2011) is no longer on the horizon—we are living it now. Given the rapid development in social robotics, we are now at that potential turning point in human cultural history during which we need to react to concrete visions, by the robotics research industry, of placing artificial ‘social’ agents ubiquitously into the public and private spaces of human social interactions. How shall we respond? And who is to respond? If we are changing the ‘human condition’ at its foundations, can humanity rise to the occasion?

This conference is motivated by the premise that the challenge of social robotics can only be met by a joint research effort across disciplines–empirical and normative research must go hand in hand, from the very beginning of design.

The aim of this conference is thus to highlight and advance a growing realization in the HRI community that the issues of social robotics require that we address factual and normative questions at the same time.

FORMAT

The conference will feature about 100 talks in plenaries, special workshops, and parallel sessions of reviewed research papers.

PLENARIES (ALREADY CONFIRMED)

  • Christopher Bartneck, Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HITLabNZ), University of Canterbury, NZ
  • Selmer Bringsjord, Director of Rensselaer AI & Reasoning (RAIR) Lab, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US
  • Mark Coeckelbergh, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, AT
  • David Gunkel, Department of Communication, Northern Illinois University, US
  • Wendy Ju, Director for Interaction Design Research, Stanford University, US
  • Benjamin Kuipers, Supervisor of Intelligent Robots Lab, University of Michigan, US
  • Kathleen Richardson, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, GB
  • Jennifer Robertson, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, US
  • Amanda Sharkey, The Department of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Noel Sharkey, The Department of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • John Sullins, Department of Philosophy, Sonoma State University, US

WORKSHOPS (CONFIRMED)

CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS

See www.robo-philosophy.org for all details.

March 15: Deadline for submissions of papers, abstracts, and posters.
May 10: Notification of acceptance

The conference is organized by TRANSOR, and interdisciplinary international research network for Transdisciplinary Studies in Social Robotics.

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