Call: Robo-Identity 2: Exploring Artificial Identity and Emotion via Speech Interactions – HRI 2022 workshop

Call for Papers

Robo-Identity: Exploring Artificial Identity and Emotion via Speech Interactions
Co-located with the 2022 International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2022)
Sapporo, Japan – Virtual Event
March 6, 2022
HRI 2022:

Submission deadline: 11 February 2022

Following the success of the first edition of Robo-Identity, the second edition will provide an opportunity to expand the discussion about artificial identity. This year, we are focusing on emotions that are expressed through speech and voice. Synthetic voices of robots can resemble and are becoming indistinguishable from expressive human voices. This can be an opportunity and a constraint in expressing emotional speech that can (falsely) convey a human-like identity that can mislead people, leading to ethical issues.

How should we envision an agent’s artificial identity? In what ways should we have robots that maintain a machine-like stance, e.g., through robotic speech, and should emotional expressions that are increasingly humanlike be seen as design opportunities? These are not mutually exclusive concerns. As this discussion needs to be conducted in a multi-disciplinary manner, we welcome perspectives on challenges and opportunities from fields of ethics, design, and engineering.

For this year’s edition, the special theme will be “speech, emotion and artificial identity”. Authors are invited to submit their papers as Extended Abstracts with short bios (2 to 3 pages). Papers can be of exploratory or philosophical nature, as well as reflective writing on authors’ past works that relates to identity and emotion.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 11 February 2022 (23:59 AoE)
Notification: 25 February 2022
Camera-ready: 2 March 2022
Workshop: 6 March 2022

Invited Speakers:

Arvid Kappas, Professor of Psychology, Jacobs University Bremen

Catherine Pelachaud, Professor of Computer Science and Director of Research in the laboratory ISIR, Sorbonne University

Jonathan Gratch, Professor of Computer Science and Psychology, University of Southern California

Organising committee:

Guy Laban, PhD Candidate at University of Glasgow
Sebastien Le Maguer, Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin
Minha Lee, Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology
Dimosthenis Kontogiorgos, PostDoctoral Researcher at University of Potsdam
Samantha Reig, PhD Student at Carnegie Mellon University
Ilaria Torre, PostDoctoral Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ravi Tejwani, PhD Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Matthew J. Dennis, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at TU Delft
Andre Pereira, Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology


This workshop is co-located with the 2022 International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2022). Both the conference and the workshop are to be held virtually. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

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