Call: “Interactive Assistants: How does their increasing ubiquity and intelligence impact users’ lives?” ACM IVA 2019 Workshop

Call for Papers

Interactive Assistants: How does their increasing ubiquity and intelligence impact users’ lives?
Workshop at ACM IVA 2019
July 2nd, 2019

Submission deadline for 2-page position papers: April 15, 2019


After several decades of developments and research that was mostly restricted to laboratories and academic realms, intelligent agents now finally they enter people’s homes. Autonomous systems using artificial intelligence (AI) to communicate with humans will soon be a part of everyday life. Systems like Siri, Alexa or Cortana can already be found in numerous households, enabling the whole family to operate home applications (e.g., switching on the light) or use the Internet (e.g., reading the weather forecast). Other applications (like companion agents for ambient assisted living or pedagogical agents) assist vulnerable groups such as the elderly in daily living or support learning in young children. Therefore, it is time to take a holistic look at the impact this has on people’s lives. It needs to be scrutinized how the emerging presence of intelligent artificial interaction partners influences human communication and relationships. There is an acute need to not only involve disciplines like computer science and psychology, but more broadly address ethics and law-related questions. Therefore, the workshop aims to bring together researchers who from different disciplinary perspectives want to contribute to analyzing the impact of the soon ubiquitous autonomous systems.

As intelligent interfaces and agents are now entering people’s homes, it is hugely relevant for the community to discuss the implications of ubiquitous dialogue with machines also considering ethics and law-related issues. The workshop therefore wants to provide a forum for related discussions and make the community aware of chances and pitfalls.


The workshop is targeted at anyone interested in and conducting research on interactive assistants that interact with users in real life settings. We expect position papers from researchers from the disciplines of computer science, psychology, sociology, ethics and law.

Attendees should submit a short position paper (2-4 pages). The paper can include reflections on impact on users’ lives from any of the relevant discipline’s perspectives or include interdisciplinary approaches. It might refer to own empirical work or experiences made. It should touch on either social, ethical or law-related implications of the dissemination of interactive assistants in the wild.

As we aim for a broad discussion among community members, we will filter the submissions mainly for relevance and quality.

Please use the “ACM standard” format which is also employed by the IVA conference (

Please submit your paper (pdf) via EMail to:


Submission of 2-page position paper: April 15th
Notification of acceptance: April 22nd
Early rate (full conference) ends: April 29th


Attendees without an active role by presenting a position paper are also welcome. Attendees have to register either for the IVA conference (with no extra costs for the workshop) or pay a fixed workshop fee that is announced later.


Nicole Krämer, University of Duisburg-Essen (
Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University (



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