LINGUIST List 32.203

Wed Jan 13 2021

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <laurenlinguistlist.org>



Date: 11-Jan-2021
From: Ilaria Torre <ilariatkth.se>
Subject: Robo-Identity: Exploring artificial identity and multi-embodiment
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Full Title: Robo-Identity: Exploring artificial identity and multi-embodiment

Date: 12-Mar-2021 - 12-Mar-2021
Location: Online, USA
Contact Person: Ilaria Torre
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/view/agentidentity

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Jan-2021

Meeting Description:

Interactive robots are becoming more commonplace and complex, but their identity has not yet been a key point of investigation. Identity is an overarching concept that combines traits like personality or a backstory (among other aspects) that people readily attribute to a robot to individuate it as a unique entity. Given people's tendency to anthropomorphize social robots, ''who is a robot?'' should be a guiding question above and beyond ''what is a robot?'' Hence, we open up a discussion on artificial identity through this workshop in a multi-disciplinary manner; we welcome perspectives on challenges and opportunities from fields of ethics, design, linguistics, and engineering. For instance, dynamic embodiment, e.g., an agent that dynamically moves across one's smartwatch, smart speaker, and laptop, is a technical and theoretical problem, with ethical ramifications. Another consideration is on whether multiple bodies may warrant multiple identities instead of an ''all-in-one'' identity. Who “lives” in which devices or bodies? Should their identity travel across different forms, and how can that be achieved in an ethically mindful manner? Furthermore, voice is very often an essential feature that determines an artificial agent's identity. If this agent were to migrate to a different body, should its voice remain the same, or change to better fit the the agent's bodily features and scope?

To explore this topic, our workshop will discuss identity in interactive robots through a multidisciplinary lens. We welcome perspectives on challenges and opportunities from fields of ethics, design, and engineering. For instance, dynamic embodiment, e.g., an agent that dynamically moves across one’s smartwatch, smart speaker, and laptop, is a technical and theoretical problem, with important ethical ramifications. Another consideration is on whether multiple bodies may warrant multiple identities instead of an ''all-in-one'' identity. Who “lives” in which devices or bodies? Should their identity travel across different forms, and how can that be achieved in an ethically mindful manner?

Organizing committee:
- Minha Lee, Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology
- Dimosthenis Kontogiorgos, PhD Student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
- Ilaria Torre, PostDoc at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
- Michal Luria, PhD Student at Carnegie Mellon University
- Ravi Tejwani, PhD Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Matthew J. Dennis, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at TU Delft
- Andre Pereira, Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Invited Speakers:
- Iolanda Leite, Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Venue (COVID-19):
This workshop is co-located with the 2021 International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2021). Both the conference and the workshop are to be held virtually. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Call for Papers:

Authors are invited to submit their papers as extended abstracts with short bios (2 to 3 pages). Papers can be of exploratory or philosophical nature, as well as work-in-progress reports or reflective writing on authors’ past works that relate to identity.

Submit your paper by the deadline (check Important Dates) in roboidentityhrigmail.com.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: 29 January 2021
Notification: 12 February 2021
Camera-ready: 1 March 2021
Workshop: 7/12 March 2021




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