[Air-L] CFP - TRANSOR workshop, "The Significance of Simulation" June18-19, 2015

Charles Ess charles.ess at gmail.com
Tue May 5 02:15:07 PDT 2015

Dear AoIRists,

Please distribute the following call to potentially interested participants.

Many thanks in advance,
- charles ess
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo
Call for Papers: TRANSOR workshop, “The Significance of Simulation”
University of Southern Denmark, Kolding Campus.  June 18-19, 2015.
Sponsored by the Research Network TRANSOR (Transdisciplinary Studies in
Social Robotics - <www.transor.org>).

Keynote Address: John Sullins (Sonoma State University, California),
“Building Artificial Phronesis: A New Approach?” (provisional title)

Background / rationale
As social robots continue their rapid development and deployment,
“simulation” has emerged as a key focus in a number of ways.  For example,
robots are currently incapable of experiencing emotions as conscious and
embodied beings: in many examples, however, “artificial emotions” can be
emulated and expressed by social robots in diverse ways that suffice to
persuade their human interactors that the robot in fact feels a basic
emotion such as care.  Building in artificial emotions is critical for,
e.g., the therapeutic roles of carebots such as Paro; at the same time,
however, there are important ethical considerations as to whether or not
artificial emotions thereby qualify as an unethical form of simulation or

We invite papers and presentations from any relevant discipline, including
philosophy, anthropology, education, linguistics, cognitive science,
computer science, and so on that address the workshop theme of “simulation”
in conjunction with the design, development, and deployment of social

Papers and presentations will be organized as follows:
Phronesis and stimulation.  Virtue ethics foregrounds phronesis as a
reflective form of judgment critical to both ethical decision-making and
the larger pursuit of good lives marked by love, friendship, and
flourishing.  Phronesis, along with analogical reasoning, is argued to be
computationally intractable (e.g., Gerdes 2014; Ess 2015).  Insofar as this
might be true, what strategies might be developed for “artificial
phronesis” (Sullins 2014) and what are broader implications of these for
social robots and their interactions with human beings?
Kick-off paper/presentation: Charles Ess, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Robots, sexuality, and the arts of being human”

“’As-if’ and simulation. The Kantian “as-if” has come to the foreground
more and more in recent approaches to social robotics; e.g., Seibt 2014:
 “Varieties of the “As if”: Five Ways to Simulate an Action”. Several
studies highlight ways in which humans bond with social robots (Turkle
2010; Dautenhahn 2007; Schärfe et al 2011; Carpenter 2013; Bartneck, 2007).
Moreover, In trying to clarify our interactions with social robots, some
(e.g. Gunkel 2012; Coeckelbergh 2012) suggests we need to address what is
at stake in the relation, per se, rather than framing the discussion around
a basic distinction between a person versus a machine. Consequently, it
makes good sense to explore, whether, and under which circumstances,
human-robot interactions can qualify as instances of social interactions.
Kick-off paper/presentation: Anne Gerdes, “Robot Unicorn Attack – Does it
Make Sense to Ascribe Morality to Robots?”

Works in Progress.  This will be an open session in which participants will
offer relatively brief overviews of their current work, including key
difficulties, challenges, and (hoped-for) developments and resolutions.

Roundtable discussion: Pressing Directions for Research, Current and Future?

Submission requirements, deadlines
Abstract of 200-500 words must be received by the workshop co-organizers –
Charles Ess, University of Oslo: c.m.ess at media.uio.no
Anne Gerdes, University of Southern Denmark:
- no later than Monday, May 18, 2015.
In your abstract, be sure to indicate which section the proposed
presentation will contribute to.

Abstract authors will be notified of acceptance / rejection no later than
Friday, May 22, 2015.

Conference fees – will be announced soon, and will be primarily to cover
catering costs.

Workshop location
University of Southern Denmark, Campus Kolding, Universitetsparken 1, 6000
Kolding in room 31.43

Travel information

The workshop hotel is First Hotel Kolding

BOOKING SHOULD BE DONE BY EMAIL.  Please use/refer to the University of
Southern Denmark discount code: 16SYDD180615

email: kolding at firsthotels.dk <mailto:kolding at firsthotels.dk>

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