Following the success of the first edition of Robo-Identity, the second edition will provide an opportunity to expand the discussion about artificial identity. This year, we are focusing on emotions that are expressed through speech and voice. Synthetic voices of robots can resemble and are becoming indistinguishable from expressive human voices. This can be an opportunity and a constraint in expressing emotional speech that can (falsely) convey a human-like identity that can mislead people, leading to ethical issues.
How should we envision an agent’s artificial identity? In what ways should we have robots that maintain a machine-like stance, e.g., through robotic speech, and should emotional expressions that are increasingly humanlike be seen as design opportunities? These are not mutually exclusive concerns. As this discussion needs to be conducted in a multi-disciplinary manner, we welcome perspectives on challenges and opportunities from fields of ethics, design, and engineering.
For this year’s edition, the special theme will be “speech, emotion and artificial identity”. Authors are invited to submit their papers as Extended Abstracts with short bios (2 to 3 pages). Papers can be of exploratory or philosophical nature, as well as reflective writing on authors' past works that relates to identity and emotion.
Submission deadline: 11 February 2021 (23:59 AoE)
Notification: 25 February 2021
Camera-ready: 2 March 2021
Workshop: 6 March 2022
Guy Laban, PhD Candidate at University of Glasgow
Sebastien Le Maguer, Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin
Minha Lee, Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology
Dimosthenis Kontogiorgos, PostDoctoral Researcher at University of Potsdam
Samantha Reig, PhD Student at Carnegie Mellon University
Ilaria Torre, PostDoctoral Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ravi Tejwani, PhD Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Matthew J. Dennis, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at TU Delft
Andre Pereira, Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Arvid Kappas, Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University Bremen
Catherine Pelachaud, Professor of Computer Science and Director of Research in the laboratory ISIR, Sorbonne University
This workshop is co-located with the 2022 International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2022). Both the conference and the workshop are to be held virtually. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.