[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP Conference „When Robots Think - Interdisciplinary Views on Intelligent Automation”

Rosenthal-von der Pütten, Astrid arvdp at humtec.rwth-aachen.de
Fri Jul 27 03:44:28 PDT 2018

Apologies for cross-postings

Interdisciplinary Conference „When Robots Think - Interdisciplinary Views on Intelligent Automation”
When: November 14th to November 16th 2018
Where: Akademie Franz Hitze Haus, Münster, Germany
Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten (RWTH Aachen University)
Benedikt Paul Göcke (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Frank Meier-Hamidi (Akademie Franz Hitze Haus)

Important dates:
July 31st - Submission deadline for talk abstracts
August 15th - Submission deadline for poster abstracts
August 31st – Notification of acceptance for both formats
November 14th-16th – Conference in Münster

Theme and Objective of the Event:
In Western societies, we are surrounded by artificially intelligent systems. Most of these systems are embedded in online platforms like Facebook. But embodiment of AI, be it by voice (Siri, Alexa, Cortana) or by actual physical embodiment (as in the case of robots) give artificially intelligent systems another dimension in terms of their impact on how we perceive these systems, how they shape our communication with them and with fellow humans and how we live and work together. Newest scientific developments transform what long has been only science fiction into real systems to be used by common users. While many of the systems under development are not yet market-ready, they will be within short time and they have great potential to completely change our society. Because laypersons’ knowledge of intelligent automation is based on science fiction with its dramatic, controversial, highly philosophical storylines, societal climate is rather reserved than accepting towards artificially intelligent systems. On the other side, we observe that people are readily and seemingly unreflective about the consequences of adopting new technologies once they are on the market. Artificially intelligent systems will be integral part of our homes, workplaces, industry production sites, transportation, care facilities and educational institutions. Thus, it is necessary to develop these systems responsibly under consideration of ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI). While AI is indeed a field in need for interdisciplinary research and development, it is, however, still a challenge to bring together different disciplines, to develop common ground -a common understanding- and establish overarching projects. The purpose of the conference is to bring together some of the best international researchers from diverse scientific fields to discuss and evaluate the state of the art of intelligent automation and its impact on individuals and society. To achieve this goal, the conference is divided into five sections with at least two invited speakers per theme and the possibility for attendees to actively take part by presenting their work as short talk or poster (more information below):

Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science


Stefan Hamerling (Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)

Joanna Bryson (University of Bath, UK)

Artificial Intelligence and Psychology

Agniesczka Wykowska (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Artificial Intelligence and Society

Selma Sabanovic (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
Eike Gräf (iRights Lab, Germany)
               Michael Decker (ITAS, Germany)

Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy & Theology

Benedikt Paul Göcke (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
Andrew Pinsent (Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, United Kingdom)
Gabôr Ambrus (Centre of Theology, Philosophy and Media Theory, Czech Republic)

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics and Law

Susanne Beck (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
David J. Gunkel (Northern Illinois University, USA)

We invite researchers from all disciplines to actively take part in the conference. Hence, we open a call for abstracts in three formats:

Poster session: Authors submit a poster abstract of up to 500 words outlining their work. Abstracts are subject to light blind peer-review. Submission deadline is July 31st. Presentation takes place during the poster session on Wednesday 14th.

Short Talk - Empirical & Technical Track: Authors submit a talk abstract of up to 2.000 words (excluding references) presenting a technical advancement or an empirical study that is within the scope of the conference as outlined above. Submission deadline is the 31st of July. Abstracts are subject to blind peer-review. Acceptance depends on novelty and quality of the work and scientific rigor. Presentation takes place during the Short Talk sessions (10 min talk + 5 min Q&A).

Short Talk - Philosophy & Ethics Tracks: Authors from the fields philosophy, theology, or ethics submit a talk abstract of up to 1.000 words (excluding references) outlining their work. Abstracts are subject to blind peer-review. Acceptance depends on novelty and quality of the work. Presentation takes place during the Short Talk sessions (20 min talk + 10 min Q&A).

Proceedings: Proceedings of the conference will be published in form of an edited book. Invited speakers will contribute a book chapter with overarching reviews covering their work and the state of the art in their field regarding the conference theme. Authors of accepted posters and short talks are invited to contribute to the proceedings by extending their abstracts.

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