Dear colleagues,

We invite contributions for a Special Issue on Critical Robotics Research, to be published by the AI & Society Journal of Culture, Knowledge and Communication (Springer) http://link.springer.com/journal/146.
This special issue seeks research contributions that explore the topic of Critical Robotics Research as an important emerging paradigm in the area of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and related fields, including in particular the emerging field of Human-Machine Communication (HMC) (Guzman, 2018).
In recent years, the design, use and study of robots and AI have increased in a variety of social settings, ranging from, e.g., therapy and care for older adults, to education and domestic life. In parallel with these developments, voices have been raised advocating for more human-centered and holistic approaches to research on robot technology (Ljungblad, Serholt, Barendregt, Lindgren, & Obaid, 2016; Šabanović, 2010). In particular, the need to critically address underlying technology-driven values (Fernaeus, Jacobsson, Ljungblad, & Holmquist, 2009; MacKenzie & Wajcman, 1999), and to question the role of machines in the process of communication (Guzman, 2018) have been emphasized. More interdisciplinary work is also required to assess the design and use of robots in an increasing range of social settings. The aim of this special issue is therefore to foster research contributions that explore the design and use of robots in social domains through holistic, interdisciplinary and ethical perspectives.
Contributions that critically investigate the use of robots, and make visible the challenges and dilemmas of robot use both in communication with, and in the immediate surroundings of, humans, are especially encouraged.

For more information, including relevant topic areas, please consult the full text of the Call for Papers which is available here:
www.springer.com/cda/content/document/cda_downloaddocument/Critical+Robotics+research.pdf?SGWID=0-0-45-1656815-p1009539<http://www.springer.com/cda/content/document/cda_downloaddocument/Critical+Robotics+research.pdf?SGWID=0-0-45-1656815-p1009539>

Important Dates:
Abstract submission: November 1, 2019;
Manuscript submission: April 1, 2020;
Notifications: July 1, 2020;
Submission final versions: September 1, 2020;
Target publication date: February 2020

Submit your Abstract (November 1)
The Abstract should be a maximum of 1 A4-page excluding potential references, 12 pt Times New Roman, and double-spaced. Provide references under a separate heading at the end of the Abstract.

Submissions should be sent by email to: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
We hope that you will consider submitting an article to this Special Issue. We would also kindly ask that you forward information about the call to other colleagues who might be interested.

Thanks in advance and best wishes,
Sofia, Sara and Niamh.


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Sara Ljungblad
Ph.D Human-Machine Interaction

Interaction design
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology



- Sara

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Sara Ljungblad
Ph.D Human-Machine Interaction

Interaction design
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology


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