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Dear colleagues,

We would like to bring to your attention the Call for Papers for the 
RO-MAN workshop: Philosophical Perspectives of HRI. The workshop will be 
held in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK on August 25, 2014. Please share this 
CFP with your colleagues, mailing lists and social networks.

Ro-Man 2014 Workshop on Philosophical Perspectives of HRI
Date: August 25 (Mon), 2014
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Venue: Edinburgh Conference Center, Heriot-Watt University

Workshop (WS07):

* Important Dates
May 2, 2014: Submission of papers
May 28, 2014: Notification of acceptance for papers
June 10, 2014: Submission of camera-ready papers

* Submission Guideline
Manuscripts must be in English, 4-6 pages following the Templates:
All papers will be peer reviewed and final copies of accepted papers or 
abstracts will be made available through the workshop web-page.
Submit by sending the pdf to: ryuji-y _ (replace '_' (underscore) 
with atmark)

Theme of the workshop
This half-day workshop aims to introduce and discuss philosophical 
issues and future perspectives in the current works of social robotics, 
focusing on a) the design of robots, b) the process of interactions 
between human and robots, and c) self-understanding with respect to 
human nature and morality.

In the current development of robotics, a variety of robots have been 
produced and applied in different societies. The high expectations 
towards industrial as well as service robots range from economical 
incentives to a relief, or even a total liberation, from the hardships 
of daily life. Humanlike androids are being developed with the ambition 
to be immersed into out daily life and meet us on an equal level in 
social interaction. The possibilities and limitations of all these types 
of robots can potentially change societies and HRI might affect the very 
way in which we engage with each other and who/what that 'other' might 
be. As Heidegger pointed out technology is not neutral and as a 
consequence transforms us. Robots seem to be especially potent in this 
regard and robotics challenges our core conceptions of what we are and 
how we should be. This workshop aims to be a platform to discuss 
philosophical challenges to robotics and vice versa and the following 
list indicates possible topics.

Workshop topics of interest (but are not limited to)
- Definition of intelligence and social robots
- Influence of emotional robots design on humans
- Consciousness and feelings in creating intelligent agents
- Applications of social robots in environment and the meanings of sociality
- Social intelligence and presence for robots and humans
- Intentionality and intersubjectivity in interaction with robots
- Reasoning and affections
- Human capacities in human-robot interactions
- Interaction design and models of HRI, HCI and HHI
- Modalities and ontology of human-robot interactions
- Uncanny valley issue
- Theories of the union of mind and body
- Essential conditions in representing human presence in distance
- Re-embodiment in teleoperation
- Teleoperation adaptation and enhancement
- Moral agents and embodiment in the Internet
- Ethical aspects of the treatment of social robots
- Rights for robots
- Boundary between human and non-human or life and non-life
- Types and meanings of alterity
- Cultural diversity of the conceptions of self and other
- Human relationships with technical knowledge and its nature

* Contact:
For questions/submissions, please contact:
Ryuji Yamazaki (ryuji-y <at>

With best regards,
- Ryuji Yamazaki
Institute for Culture and Society -- Philosophy, Aarhus University
Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, ATR
- Marco Nørskov
Institute for Culture and Society -- Philosophy, Aarhus University
Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, ATR

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