[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CALL FOR PAPERS: ROBO-PHILOSOPHY 2014 CONFERENCE

Ryuji Yamazaki ryuji-y at atr.jp
Fri Apr 11 13:10:24 PDT 2014


Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to the last call for papers for our
Robo-Philosophy conference, which we will host at Aarhus University this
summer.


CALL FOR PAPERS
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE
ROBO-PHILOSOPHY 2014 ― SOCIABLE ROBOTS AND THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL RELATIONS
www.robo-philosophy.org
August 20-23, 2014
Aarhus University, Denmark

IMPORTANT DATES
April 15 Deadline for submissions of papers, abstracts, and posters.
May 10: Notification of acceptance
August 10: Registration closes

CONFERENCE THEME
It is increasingly more likely that sociable robots will play a
significant role in future everyday life. Sociable robots are designed
to "enable people to interact with them as if they were a person, and
ultimately as a friend" (C. Breazeal) -- they are expected to replace
humans in many interaction contexts, as caretakers for the elderly,
tutors for children, receptionists, or household assistants. If robots
enter the space of human social interation, how will this affect human
social interaction, as notion and as practice? Are there limits to the
functional similation of social interaction? How much of a ‘theory of
mind’ do robots need to be ‘sociable’? If we engage with robots as if
they were persons, how will this affect how we understand ourselves?

The conference will feature about 50 talks addressing these and other
philosophical questions that arise with design and use of sociable
robots. Submissions from psychology, anthropology, cognitive science,
and artificial intelligence research are welcome if the relevance to
philosophical issues is sufficiently explicit. The conference shall
clarify whether sociable robots may indeed present a 'turning point in
human history,' as some authors have claimed.

KEYNOTES
Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, Hiroshi Ishiguro/ATR Robotics lab, Osaka University
Prof. Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Department of Robotics, Carnegie Mellon
University, USA.
PLENARIES
Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility,
De Montford University, UK
Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, Centre for
Computer Science and Informatics Research, UK.
Prof. Luciano Floridi. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK.
Prof. David Gunkel, Department of Communications, Northern Illinois
University, USA.
Prof. Peter Kahn, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, USA.
Prof. Maja Mataric, Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems (CRES),
Univ of Southern California, USA.
Prof. John Sullins, Department of Philosophy, Sonoma State University, USA.
Prof. Wendell Wallach. Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale
University, USA.


-- 
Ryuji Yamazaki, Ph. D.
Visiting Associate Professor,
Section for Philosophy and the History of Ideas,
Institute for Culture and Society, Aarhus University
Building 1465 Office 619, Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skousvej 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Phone: + 45 8716 2821
E-mail: ryuji-y at atr.jp
PENSOR (Philosophical Enquiries in Social Robotics) group
http://projects.au.dk/pensor/



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