[robotics-worldwide] CFP - Special Session on Artificial Empathy at ICSR 2012

luisa.damiano at unibg.it luisa.damiano at unibg.it
Sun May 27 11:22:02 PDT 2012


Special Session on
Artificial Empathy: models, applications, social, ethical and theoretical
implications
@ ICSR 2012
Chengdu, China
October 29-31, 2012
Website: http://icsoro.org
Contact: luisa.damiano at unibg.it
Important Dates:
Paper Due - June 7, 2012


Call for papers:
We would like to invite you to submit papers on original HRI and Social
Robotics research, or research in related fields relevant to the topic of
“Artificial Empathy”.
Papers (6 to 10 A4 size pages, Springer format, for further instructions
please see http://icsoro.org/paper.php) should be related to the
investigation of one or more specific aspects of emotional and empathic
HRI (e.g. theoretical, epistemological, applicative, social, ethical
aspects) within the context of HRI, Social Robotics or related fields. In
particular, they should present original research works dealing with
questions such as:
- What is the relevance of the emotional and empathic dimension in HRI
within the context(s) of Social Robotics?
- What are emotions and empathy for a robot? Which conditions are required
in order for them to be able to participate competently in emotional and
empathic dynamics with human beings?
- What theoretical models of emotions and empathy can be successfully
applied in the context(s) of Social Robotics (e.g. in Assistive Robotics,
in Educational Robotics, etc.)?
- What features of robotic embodiment(s) can facilitate robots in
participating competently in emotional and empathic dynamics with human
beings?
- To be effective, has the affective interaction between robots and humans
to imitate human affective interaction, or to develop its own
specificities?
- Under which conditions can the creation of robots with affective
competence positively contribute to the scientific study of human
affective development and interactive dynamics?
- What are the implications of introducing robots with affective
competence into our social environment(s)?
- How can/should we think about the (co-)evolution of human and robotic
emotional systems in possible mixed (i.e. human and robotic) future social
ecologies?
- Does handing over aspects of social care to robots mean abandoning
vulnerable individuals (elderly persons, children, persons with special
needs…) to inauthentic affective relations?
- Under which conditions can affective and empathic relations with robots
be considered authentic?

About the special session on “Artificial Empathy”
One central issue of Social Robotics research is the question of the
affective (emotional) involvement of users. The problem of creating a
robot able to establish and to participate competently in dynamic
affective exchanges with human partners has been recognized as
fundamental, especially for the success of projects involving Assistive or
Educational Robotics. This locates Social Robotics at the crossroad of
many interconnected issues related to various disciplines, such as
Epistemology, Cognitive Science, Sociology and Ethics.
Among the crucial issues we find, for example, the epistemological and
theoretical problems of defining what emotions are for a robot and under
which conditions robots could be able to participate competently in
emotional and empathic dynamics with human beings. Can robots experience
emotions, or only express them? If we identify robotic ‘emotions’ as ‘pure
simulations’, to which no actual experience corresponds, are there
conditions in which we can consider robots as partners in emotional and
empathic relations?
On the one hand these questions are related to basic scientific research,
to which Robotics can contribute through operational models and
experimentation carried out with the help of social robots. On the other
hand these questions are inseparable from the technical issue of the
efficient implementation of theoretical models in the diverse contexts in
which social robots are called upon to interact. Which are the current
technically feasible models? Which are the results?
The issue of application raises also problems connected to the social and
ethical dimension of Robotics. What are the implications of introducing
robots with affective competence into our social world(s)? To what extent
and in what way will supportive relations be improved if robots gain
affective competences? Does handing over aspects of social care to robots
mean abandoning vulnerable individuals (such as elderly persons, children,
or people with disabilities) to inauthentic affective relations?
These issues lead back to epistemological and theoretical questions. Under
which conditions can affective and empathic relations with robots be
considered authentic?
This special session aims at offering an interdisciplinary forum in which
the different dimensions of Artificial Empathy can be connected and
enriched through scientific exchange of ideas. Most of the invited
participants have a Social Robotics background or come from scientific
disciplines dealing with the questions mentioned above. Our goal is to
stimulate the interaction between applied research and theoretical and
epistemological reflections, and to promote a front line in Social
Robotics research that takes all the complex aspects of its endeavor
(epistemological, theoretical, technical, social and ethical) into
consideration, without losing sight of its fundamental question: Under
which conditions can a robot become a social partner for humans?



How to submit a paper
Prepare your full paper following the instructions at
 http://icsoro.org/paper.php;
Log in the paper submission system
(https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/ICSR2012/Default.aspx);
Select your role: "Author";
Click "create a new Paper Submission";
Please select the special session topic as your primary subject area when
you select the "Subject Areas".
Enquiry: sec.icsr at gmail.com; luisa.damiano at gmail.com; luisa.damiano at unibg.it


Organizing committee:
Luisa Damiano, University of Bergamo (Bergamo, Italy)
Paul Dumouchel, Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan)
Hagen Lehmann, University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield, United Kingdom)



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