Re: ICCS/CogSci-2006 Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science

From: Joel Pitt (
Date: Tue Mar 14 2006 - 16:24:28 MST

Hi Ben,

Certainly looks like something relevent for Novababy's interaction with


On 3/15/06, Ben Goertzel <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This conference looks potentially interesting.
> Not SL4 but SL3 at any rate...
> -- Ben
> * Call for Extended Abstracts*
> *Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science*
> *An ICCS Symposium co-located at CogSci 2006<>
> **
> Vancouver , Canada, 26 July 2006
> <>*
> Authors are invited to submit two-page extended abstracts to the ICCS-2006
> Symposium, Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science, to be held the
> afternoon of July 26, 2006 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, Canada.
> The workshop is part of the Fifth International Conference of the Cognitive
> Science Society (Asia-Pacific region) and is co-located with the 28th Annual
> Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Abstracts may be accepted for
> either oral or poster presentation and should be received by March 30, 2006.
> *Theme and goals*
> The embodiment of social and cognitive theories in interactive robots sets
> a high bar for their evaluation. Theories that reify descriptions relying on
> a human interpreter for their grounding cannot be implemented in autonomous
> systems. The demands of coherently integrating responses cross-modally and
> coping with open, socially complex environments limit the applicability of
> theories that "grew up in the laboratory." Androids will be confronted with
> circumstances that exhibit complex closely-coordinated social dynamics,
> where stable patterns emerge at various spatial and temporal scales, and
> expectations depend in part on a histories of interaction that are unique to
> individual relationships.
> We define an android to be an artificial system that has humanlike
> behavior and appearance and is capable of sustaining natural relationships
> with people. Although people may know that an android is not human, they
> would treat it as if it were, owing to the largely subconscious responses it
> would elicit. To pass the Total Turing Test, an android would need have the
> inclination toward "mind reading" that is characteristic of people. The
> development of androids is beyond the scope of mere engineering because, to
> make the android humanlike, we must investigate human activity, and to
> evaluate theories of human activity accurately, we need to implement them in
> an android. Thus, we need an android science.
> The aim of this workshop is to begin to lay a foundation for research in
> android science, a new field that integrates the synthetic approach from
> robotics with the empirical methodologies of the social sciences.
> Participants, coming from engineering and the social, cognitive, and
> biological sciences seek fundamental principles underlying cognition and
> communication between individuals. Cognition is not viewed as solely a
> property of brains, to be understood at a micro-structural level, nor as
> socially-definable and separable from biomechanical or sensorimotor
> constraints. By highlighting agent-world relations, androids have the
> potential for helping researchers to bridge the gap between cognitive
> neuroscience and the behavioral sciences, leading to a new way of
> understanding human beings. Thus, we hope to find principles that will apply
> equally well to androids and Homo sapiens.
> *Topics of interest*
> - The role of affect and motivation in social development or communication
> - Empathic relationships among people and/or robots
> - Inter-species co-evolution, cooperation, and empathy
> - Processes of socialization and enculturation
> - Extended relationship
> - Social learning and adaptation, especially from people
> - The evolution, development, and nature of agency, intentionality, or
> social intelligence
> - Software architectures for embodied social interaction
> - The grounding, emergence, or acquisition of communicative signs or
> symbols
> - Mimesis and its role in communication and development
> - The development or implementation of hierarchies of meaning
> - Models of personal, interindividual, group, or cultural norms
> - Cross-modal synchronization or stabilized plasticity in speech and/or
> gesture
> - Learning with and from machines
> - Androids working alongside people as peers
> - Applications in human environments
> - Ethical issues concerning androids
> - Perception of naturalness, attractiveness, or charisma
> - The relationship between appearance and perceived behavior
> - Android personalities
> - Emotional intelligence
> - The Total Turing Test
> *Target participants*
> Robotics engineers and computer scientists with an interest in artificial
> intelligence, machine learning, pattern recognition, and control, especially
> those whose target platform includes humanoid robots; psychologists and
> sociologists who are concerned with real-time embodied communication or
> social development; cognitive scientists who are concerned with the
> relationship between brain processes and social dynamics; social and
> comparative biologists; and philosophers.
> The workshop is of interest to the target participants because androids
> will provide a critical test bed for social and cognitive theories in the
> future, and research in this domain depends on interdisciplinary
> collaboration between engineers and natural and social scientists.
> *Submissions:*
> Submissions must be made to the following address by email:
> They should conform to the *APA Style Manual* and be in Adobe PDF with all
> fonts embedded and without encryption.
> A correctly formatted PDF file<>has been uploaded to our website for reference. A LaTeX
> template <> and
> style file <>(preferred) and a Microsoft
> Word template <>are also available. Extended abstracts should be two pages.
> Set the paper size to letter (8.5x11 inches), and avoid modifying the
> margins or using headers, footers, or page numbers. The file name should
> obey the following convention: authorname_submissiondate.pdf ( e.g.,
> jones_3_17.pdf).
> *Deadlines:*
> * Electronic abstract submission deadline: March 30, 2006*
> Paper author notifications sent: April 15, 2005
> Camera-ready copy deadline: May 5, 2005
> *Organizers:*
> Karl F. MacDorman
> Indiana University
> School of Informatics
> Hiroshi Ishiguro
> Osaka University
> Department of Adaptive Machine Systems


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