[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP - "The Synthetic Method in Social Robotics" workshop at ICSR 2016 (deadline extended: 05.10.2016)

Luisa Damiano luisa.damiano at unibg.it
Mon Sep 26 08:26:41 PDT 2016

98168 Messina, Italy
*Associate Researcher*, Complex Systems Theories, Methods and Epistemology,
University of Bergamo, CERCO,
P.le S. Agostino 2, Room 1,
24129 Bergamo, Italy

Tel.  +393920176317 (mobile)

Call for Abstracts (1000 words)

*New Deadline: October 5, 2016 *

Workshop on

*The Synthetic Method in Social Robotics (SMSR 2016)*

@ ICSR 2016
Kansas City, USA
November, 1, 2016
Website: syntheticmethodology.wordpress.com; https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__icsr2016.engr.ku.edu_&d=DQIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=fvcgnIiATahhqFNV9BZo5Bo3a_S90xo8Mwq0wY7gF1Q&s=3nrXQvTnwckv7yoAjM5qQM4z4zVwLciWI9rxAM-wDnw&e= 

Contact: ldamiano at unime.it

Important Dates:
Abstract Due - October 5, 2016

Notification of Acceptance – October 10, 2016

Call for abstracts:

We are interested in submissions of original HRI and Social Robotics
research, or research from related fields relevant to the topic of
“Artificial Sociality”. The submissions, in the form of an abstract (min
800, max 1000 words), should be related to the investigation of one or more
specific aspects of the application of the Synthetic Method in Social
Robotics and HRI (e.g. theoretical, epistemological, applicative,
socio-cultural, ethical aspects). In particular, we are interested in
abstracts presenting original research works related with, but not limited
to, the following questions:

• Is it possible to identify a set of human and/or animal social
competences that can be considered as an essential condition of “social
presence” and/or “social competence” in robotic agents? How can they be
implemented in robotic agents?

• Should “Artificial sociality” be rooted in human and/or animal sociality?
Or should it be ideated and developed as a new form of sociality? What
could be the origins and grounds of a specifically robotic sociality?

• Is it advantageous to implement human and/or animal sociality in robots?
To what extent? Are there situations in which the reference to human and/or
animal sociality results disadvantageous? What are these situations? How
can we avoid them?

• Are there scientific (experimental) explorations that allow us to
investigate the differences between robotic “social presence” and “social
competences” grounded in human and /or animal sociality, and robotic
“social presence” and “social competences” based on other grounds?

• What are the models of the social mind that are currently embodied in
functioning social robots? What can be / are their impacts on human social
ecologies in which these robots are currently operative?

• Are there scientific (experimental) explorations based on the Synthetic
Method that can contribute to a better scientific understanding of human
and/or animal sociality?

• Which is the relevant unit of inquiry for the synthetic modeling of human
and/or animal sociality - individuals, dyads or groups? Are there
scientific (experimental) explorations that can support definite answers?

• What are social competences that today are successfully embodied in
functioning social robots? What can be / are their impacts on human social
ecologies in which these robots are currently operative?


The main topics of interests are, among others:

•    Synthetic Method (Synthetic Methodology, Constructive Approach)

•    Theories of (artificial) sociality

•    Mixed Human-Robot Social Ecologies

•    Robot as test-beds for theories of sociality, emotions, empathy

•    Artificial Sociality, Artificial Empathy

•    Artificial Social Presence

•    Artificial Personality

•    Artificial Biographical Memory

•    ...

About the workshop on “The Synthetic Method in Social Robotics”

Contemporary advancements in Social Robotics, implying the introduction of
robots in an increasing number of operative contexts populated by human
agents, are rapidly accelerating the emergence of mixed human-robot social
ecologies. The awareness of this imminent transformation, potentially able
to affect the structure of human sociality, makes it urgent to support
frontier research in Social Robotics with a reflective interrogation
directed to identify the possible impacts of its technological production
on human social dynamics and systems.

One of the essential steps of this complex and plural exploration consists
in the clarification of the ways and the objectives that currently guide
the construction of “robots as social partners”, that is, the analysis of
methods and goals that today orient design, implementation, and
integration, within human social contexts, of robots endowed with “social
presence” and “social competences”.

The SMSR 2016 workshop intends to contribute to this investigation by
focusing on the use of the Synthetic Method within the research fields of
Social Robotics and HRI, that is, one of the most diffused methods in the
development of “Artificial Sociality” for robotic agents. In its most
generic expression, this methodological approach - often synthetized
through the slogan “Understanding by Building”- prescribes scientists to
model living and cognitive processes, *lato sensu*, through the
construction of artificial systems capable of generating these processes.
The goal is twofold: testing scientific hypotheses on the mechanisms
underlying the target processes, and building better artifacts, able to
exploit these mechanisms to enhance their performances.

The application of the Synthetic Method in Social Robotics and HRI
generally consists in the attempt of re-creating aspects of human and/or
animal sociality in robotic agents, in order to test theories about related
social dynamics, and to improve social capabilities of these agents. The
SMSR 2016 workshop aims at creating a cross-disciplinary forum analyzing
and discussing ways, goals, possibilities and limits of the application of
the Synthetic Method in Social Robotics, on the basis of the idea that the
part of Social Robotics that currently is engaged in the robotic modeling
of human and animal sociality offers a particularly relevant perspective to
study the emergent social metamorphosis generated by “social robots”.

*Publication plans:*

The abstracts involved in SMSR 2016 will be published on a web-site
dedicated to the workshop shortly after ICSR 2016, so that they can be
accessed later.

Moreover, it is planned to involve the keynote and the selected speakers in
submissions to generate a journal special issue on the topics of Artificial
Sociality and the Synthetic Method in Social Robotics.

How to submit an abstract

If you would like to contribute to the workshop on “The Synthetic Method in
Social Robotics”, please send an email to ldamiano at unime.it (cc:
luisa.damiano at gmail.com) with:

1)    list of authors;

2)    title of the presentation you intend to propose;

3)    abstract of the presentation (min 800, max 1000 words).

Luisa Damiano, ESARG (Epistemology of the Sciences of the Artificial
Research Group), University of Messina (Italy)

Luisa Damiano, PhD
Associate Professor, Logic and Philosophy of Science
University of Messina, DICAM
Viale Annunziata, Polo Universitario
Room 213
98168 Messina (ME), Italy

Tel.  +393920176317 (mobile)
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