[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP - Special Issue on Artificial Empathy - Research areas: Social Robotics and HRI)]

Luisa Damiano luisa.damiano at unibg.it
Mon Nov 11 08:33:41 PST 2013


Call for Papers

Deadline: 20.12.2013

International Journal of Social Robotics (Springer)
Special Issue on
Artificial Empathy: An Interdisciplinary Investigation
Contact: luisa.damiano at unibg.it
Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: 20 December 2013
Notification to authors: 20 February 2014
Submission of authors' revised papers: 20 April 2014
Final acceptance: 1 June 2014



Call for papers:
The special issue intends to bring together articles investigating one or
more aspects of Artificial Empathy in Social Robotics, Human Robot
Interaction (HRI) and/or related fields.
The special issue will deal with a variety of questions, related to
theoretical, epistemological, applicative, social, and ethical aspects of
Artificial Empathy. Some of the basic questions are the following.
•	What theoretical models of emotions and empathy can be successfully
applied in the context of Social Robotics (e.g. in Assistive Robotics, in
Educational Robotics, etc.)?
•	What features of robotic embodiment can facilitate robots in
participating competently in emotional and empathic dynamics with human
beings?
•	In order to be effective, does the affective interaction between robots
and humans have to imitate human affective interaction, or should it
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?
We ask for both position papers proposing specific methodologies or
approaches, and papers describing empirical or theoretical original
research. The idea is that of publishing papers from the special session
on Artificial Empathy that we organized at ICSR 2021, as well as papers
selected through a call for papers and a related peer reviewing process.
In particular, we are looking for papers focusing on:
-models of emotional and empathic HRI, and their applications in concrete
robotic architectures and HRI scenarios;
-paradigms of emotional and empathic HRI;
-the investigation of one or more aspects of Artificial Empathy through
concrete case studies.

Submission details:
- The Instruction for Authors and the standard templates of IJSR for Latex
and Word can be found on this link:
http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/journal/12369 (click
"Instructions for Authors" item on the right column).
- Recommended page limit: 8-14 pages in double column format.
- Please append short author biographies at the end of the manuscript
after the references:
http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/journal/12369 (click
"Vitae/biography" item on the right column).
- The journal now accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies,
audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along
with your article.

How to submit a paper:
Please, if you are interested in participating, write an email to:
luisa.damiano at unibg.it (cc: artificial.empathy at developmentalrobotics.com)
You will receive information about the sumbission procedure.


Guest Editors
Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo, Italy)
Primary contact <luisa.damiano at unibg.it; luisa.damiano at gmail.com>
Paul Dumouchel (Ristumeikan University, Japan)
<dumouchp at ce.ritsumei.ac.jp>
Hagen Lehmann (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
<h.lehmann at herts.ac.uk>


Summary. One central issue of Social Robotics research is the question of
the affective 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 these issues are, for example, the epistemological and theoretical
problems of defining how emotions could be represented in 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 an
efficient implementation of theoretical models in the diverse social
environments in which robots are interact with humans. Which are the
current technically feasible models? Which are the results of their
implementation?
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 issue aims at offering an
interdisciplinary context in which the different dimensions of Artificial
Empathy can be explored and connected. 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 its aspects (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?



-- 
Luisa Damiano, PhD
Research Fellow (Epistemology of the Artificial Project)
University of Bergamo
Piazzale S. Agostino 2
Ufficio 13
24129 Bergamo
Italy

Tel.  +393920176317
Tel.  +44(0)7575019847

http://193.204.255.166/cerco/persone/user.asp?ID=80
http://unibg.academia.edu/LuisaDamiano

http://www.pt-ai.org/smlc/2013


-- 
Luisa Damiano, PhD
Research Fellow (Epistemology of the Artificial Project)
University of Bergamo
Piazzale S. Agostino 2
Ufficio 13
24129 Bergamo
Italy

Tel.  +393920176317
Tel.  +44(0)7575019847

http://193.204.255.166/cerco/persone/user.asp?ID=80
http://unibg.academia.edu/LuisaDamiano

http://www.pt-ai.org/smlc/2013


-- 
Luisa Damiano, PhD
Research Fellow (Epistemology of the Artificial Project)
University of Bergamo
Piazzale S. Agostino 2
Ufficio 13
24129 Bergamo
Italy

Tel.  +393920176317
Tel.  +44(0)7575019847

http://193.204.255.166/cerco/persone/user.asp?ID=80
http://unibg.academia.edu/LuisaDamiano

http://www.pt-ai.org/smlc/2013


-- 
Luisa Damiano, PhD
Research Fellow (Epistemology of the Artificial Project)
University of Bergamo
Piazzale S. Agostino 2
Ufficio 13
24129 Bergamo
Italy

Tel.  +393920176317
Tel.  +44(0)7575019847

http://193.204.255.166/cerco/persone/user.asp?ID=80
http://unibg.academia.edu/LuisaDamiano

http://www.pt-ai.org/smlc/2013


-- 
Luisa Damiano, PhD
Research Fellow (Epistemology of the Artificial Project)
University of Bergamo
Piazzale S. Agostino 2
Ufficio 13
24129 Bergamo
Italy

Tel.  +393920176317
Tel.  +44(0)7575019847

http://193.204.255.166/cerco/persone/user.asp?ID=80
http://unibg.academia.edu/LuisaDamiano

http://www.pt-ai.org/smlc/2013



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