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

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Interdisciplinary Conference When Robots Think - Interdisciplinary Views on
Intelligent Automation
When: November 14th to November 16th 2018
Where: Akademie Franz Hitze Haus, Mnster, Germany
Astrid Rosenthal-von der Ptten (RWTH Aachen University)
Benedikt Paul Gcke (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 Mnster

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

Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science


Stefan Hamerling (Heinrich-Heine University Dsseldorf, Germany)

Joanna Bryson (University of Bath, UK)

Artificial Intelligence and Psychology

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

Artificial Intelligence and Society

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

Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy & Theology

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

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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