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Boyoung Kim <[log in to unmask]>
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We are pleased to invite you to submit papers to the HRI 2023 Workshop on Perspectives on Moral Agency in Human-Robot Interaction!

WHEN: March 13, 2023
WHERE: Stockholm, Sweden


Establishing when, how, and why robots should be considered moral agents is key for advancing human-robot interaction. For instance, whether a robot is considered a moral agent has significant implications for how researchers, designers, and users can, should, and do make sense of robots and whether their agency in turn triggers social and moral cognitive and behavioral processes in humans. Robotic moral agency also has significant implications for how people should (and do) hold robots morally responsible, ascribe blame to them, develop trust in their actions, and determine when these robots wield moral influence. In this workshop on Perspectives on Moral Agency in Human-Robot Interaction, we plan to bring together participants who are interested in or have studied the topics concerning a robotís moral agency and its impact on human behavior. We intend to provide a platform for holding interdisciplinary discussions about (1) which elements should be considered to determine the moral agency of a robot, (2) how these elements can be measured, (3) how they can be realized computationally and applied to a robotic system, and (4) what societal impact is anticipated when moral agency is assigned to a robot. We encourage participants from diverse research fields, such as computer science, psychology, cognitive science, and philosophy, as well as participants from social groups marginalized in terms of gender, ethnicity, and culture.


  *   Theoretical definition of robot moral agency
  *   Antecedents of moral agency
  *   Measurement tools of robot moral agency
  *   Computational models for robot moral agency
  *   Implications of moral agency for HRI
  *   Downstream societal implications of robot moral agency
We plan to hold a hybrid, half-day (4 hrs) workshop that consists of the following activities: (1) an invited academic keynote, (2) lightning talks for extended abstracts and talks for short papers, and (3) group discussions.

We are interested in theoretical, experimental, and computational work that has relevance to robot moral agency.

We welcome papers on these topics that adhere to the following format guidelines:

  *   Option 1. Extended abstracts: up to 2 pages excluding references
  *   Option 2. Short papers: 3-4 pages excluding references

All papers for the conference must be (a) anonymized, (b) submitted in PDF format, and (c) conform to ACM Conference Proceedings specifications. Templates are available at this link<> (US letter). You can also start writing using this Overleaf link<> directly.

We adopt the mutual review process. Authors of submitted papers will be asked to provide a small number of reviews for fellow authors.

Papers can be submitted on EasyChair, at


  *   Submission deadline: January 27, 2023
  *   Notification of acceptance: February 10, 2023
  *   Camera-ready deadline: February 24, 2023
  *   Workshop Registration deadline: TBD
  *   Workshop: March 13, 2023

Diversity and Inclusion at HRI
We encourage participants from diverse backgrounds defined by research fields, such as computer science, psychology, cognitive science, information and communication science, machine ethics, and philosophy. We also welcome innovative perspectives enabled by diversity and uniqueness in participantsí identity (e.g., gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity).

Organizing Committee
Boyoung Kim (George Mason University)
Tom Williams (Colorado School of Mines)
Elizabeth Phillips (George Mason University)
Qin Zhu (Virginia Tech)

Point of Contact
If you have any questions, please contact Boyoung Kim at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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