Call: “Responsibility and control: Communication and conversation through technology” at AISB 2020

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Call for Papers

Responsibility and control: Communication and conversation through technology
Part of the AISB-20 Annual Convention 2020
St. Mary’s University
Twickenham, London
6-9 April 2020

The convention is organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB);

Deadline for extended abstracts: January 10, 2020


Technologies are being developed that permit novel forms of communication. These include neuroprosthetic devices aimed at addressing speech disability, and devices hoping to develop direct brain-to-brain communication. Besides these, we have familiar technology-mediated communication technologies, like email, text, and video messaging. This symposium seeks to explore issues of responsibility and authenticity among these technologised forms of communication.

The sorts of themes raised should be addressed by papers focussing on philosophical, sociological, technological, or computational dimensions. Papers will be chosen on the basis of extended abstracts (c. 1,000 words), to be submitted by 10th January 2020. Selected papers will be presented as part of a one day symposium, intended to capture key issues succinctly, with a view to promoting discussion.


In particular, we seek to investigate if and how established modes of understanding communication and conversations are challenged by increasing technology use. Questions arising include:

  • What implications arise from technology-mediated communication?
  • How much control is required, or is desirable, over communication devices in different contexts?
  • Is machine processing a problem in technology-mediated communication?
  • Does use of a machine for expressing oneself complexify responsibility-ascriptions for utterances made via that machine?
  • What are the relations among technologies and communicative intentions?
  • Are contexts included adequately in assessing technology-mediated communication scenarios?
  • Does technology-mediated communication differ from other technology-mediated actions?


Submissions must be full papers and should be sent via EasyChair (you may need to sign up, or log in):

Text editor templates from a previous convention can be found at:

Each paper will receive at least two reviews. Selected papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities.


10 January 2020: Deadline for submission of extended abstracts.

2 March 2020: Date by which camera-ready copies of final papers should be received from authors, along with completed copyright forms.

6-9 April 2020: AISB-20 Convention at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London [confirmation of exact symposium dates tbc]


Please note that there will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the convention. Each delegate will receive a memory stick containing the proceedings of all the symposia. In previous years there have been awards for the best student paper, and limited student bursaries. These details will be circulated as and when they become available. Authors of a selection of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of the work to a journal special issue.


Symposium Chair: Dr Stephen Rainey, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Littlegate House, St Ebbes Street, Oxford, UK.

Symposium OC member: Dr Y J Erden, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy (AISB Vice Chair), St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK.


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (confirmed, more TBC):

Alberto Giubilini, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
Andreas Wolkenstein, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Christine Aicardi, King’s College London
Gabriel De Marco, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
Phillip Kellmeyer, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
Thomas Douglas, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
Tom Buller, Illinois State University


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