NOVEMBER 14–16, 2018, MÜNSTER

When Robots Think.
Interdisciplinary Views on Intelligent Automation

We are surrounded by artificially intelligent systems. Most of these systems are embedded in online platforms like Facebook. But embodiment of AI, be it by voice (Siri, Alexa, Cortana) or by actual physical embodiment (as in the case of robots) give artificially intelligent systems another dimension in terms of their impact on our perception and interaction with them.

In Western societies, we are surrounded by artificially intelligent systems. Most of these systems are embedded in online platforms like Facebook. But embodiment of AI, be it by voice (Siri, Alexa, Cortana) or by actual physical embodiment (as in the case of robots) give artificially intelligent systems another dimension in terms of their impact on how we perceive these systems, how they shape our communication with them and with fellow humans and how we live and work together. The purpose of the conference is to bring together some of the best national and international researchers to discuss and evaluate the state of the art of intelligent automation and its impact on individuals and society. To achieve this goal, the conference is divided into five sections:

Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
The aim of this section is to provide an overview and a clarification of the concept of artificial intelligence from the point of view of computer science. Important questions to be dealt with, amongst others, are the following ones: What are the foundations of artificially intelligent systems? What are the potentials and what are the (current) limits of the power of AI? What are the “grand challenges” in developing AI systems and how are these challenges approached?

Artificial Intelligence and Psychology
Since embodied artificially intelligent systems enter everyday life, humans will not anymore “operate” technology, but live, work and drive with autonomous systems making joint decisions and negotiating responsibilities. It is therefore necessary to address the question of whether and how humans perceive these systems as “social” and react “socially”. In addition, the question arises whether we change in the ways in which we communicate with fellow humans when we increasingly communicate with artificially intelligent systems and tune our communication style to match their restrictions (computer talk).

Artificial Intelligence and Society
In this section, the view shifts from individual human-technology-interaction to the impact artificially intelligent systems have on society. Import questions in this section are the following ones: How does intelligent automation influence production and markets? How does our society change with the introduction of autonomous cars, companion robots and smart homes? Where does society welcome intelligent systems and in which fields do developers and researchers experience reactance and why?

Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Theology
This section will deal with philosophical and theological questions concerning both the nature and essence of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on human persons. On the one hand, it will analyse the very concepts of intelligence, superintelligence, embodiment and the nature of consciousness to elaborate a framework in which to discuss questions concerning the ontological status and power of artificial intelligence. On the other, questions concerning the relation between theology and technology and their impact on anthropological and religious worldview will be discussed and critically reflected. Questions to be discussed include the following ones: Do AI systems possess phenomenal consciousness? Should we be afraid of superintelligent AI? What is intelligence anyway? Could we transfer our consciousness on a computer (mind-uploading)? Will the digitalisation of society lead to utopian or dystopian futures? What is the relation between faith in God and the ethics of digitalization? Can AI be integrated into a theological account of the modern world?

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics and Law
The last session deals with ethical and legal questions concerning the development, distribution and use of artificially intelligent systems. The ethical questions addressed in this section range from moral judgements in and about AI systems to responsible innovation. Moreover, questions concerning the development of artificially intelligent systems that are involved in decision-making processes are discussed as well as questions concerning the need to change our legal frameworks to integrate AI-systems

Important Dates
July 31st submission deadline talk abstracts
August 15th submission deadline for poster abstracts
August 31st acceptance notifications
November 14th-16th conference

SPEAKERS

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Stefan Harmeling Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Germany

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Joanna Bryson University of Bath
UK

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Agnieszka Wykowska Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Italy

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Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten RWTH Aachen University
Germany

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Selma Šabanović Indiana University
USA

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Benedikt Paul Göcke Ruhr University Bochum
Germany

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Susanne Beck Leibniz University Hannover
Germany

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David Gunkel Northern Illinois University
USA

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Gábor Ambrus Centre of Theology, Philosophy and Media Theory
Czech Republic

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Andrew Pinsent Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion
United Kingdom

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Eike Gräf iRights
Germany

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Michael Decker Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Germany

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite researchers from all disciplines to actively take part in the conference. Hence, we open a call for abstracts in three formats:

Poster session:
Authors submit a poster abstract of up to 500 words outlining their work. Abstracts are subject to light blind peer-review. Submission deadline is July 31st. Presentation takes place during the poster session on Wednesday 14th.

Short Talk - Empirical & Technical Track:
Authors submit a talk abstract of up to 2.000 words (excluding references) presenting a technical advancement or an empirical study that is within the scope of the conference as outlined above. Submission deadline is the 31st of July. Abstracts are subject to blind peer-review. Acceptance depends on novelty and quality of the work and scientific rigor. Presentation takes place during the Short Talk sessions (10 min talk + 5 min Q&A).

Short Talk - Philosophy & Ethics Tracks:
Authors from the fields philosophy, theology, or ethics submit a talk abstract of up to 1.000 words (excluding references) outlining their work. Abstracts are subject to blind peer-review. Acceptance depends on novelty and quality of the work. Presentation takes place during the Short Talk sessions (20 min talk + 10 min Q&A).

Proceedings:
Proceedings of the conference will be published in form of an edited book. Invited speakers will contribute a book chapter with overarching reviews covering their work and the state of the art in their field regarding the conference theme. Authors of accepted posters and short talks are invited to contribute to the proceedings by extending their abstracts.

Contact:
Please direct your questions regarding the Call for Papers and submissions to: iasymposium@humtec.rwth-aachen.de

Important Dates
July 31st submission deadline talk abstracts
August 15th submission deadline poster abstracts
August 31st acceptance notifications
November 14th-16th conference

PROGRAM (tentative)

Wednesday 14th

Welcome Address

Machine learning, deep learning and all that

Stefan Harmeling Heinrich-heine Universität Düsseldorf

Intelligence by Design

Joanna Bryson University of Bath

Coffee Break

AI and the challenge of understanding

Andrew PinsentIan Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion

Robots for the Social Good

Selma ŠabanovićIndiana University

Dinner

Poster Session & Reception

Thursday 15th

Superintelligence and Singularity

Benedikt Paul GöckeRuhr University Bochum

Short Talks (Empirical & Technical Track)

Coffee Break

Robot Law

Susanne BeckLeibniz University Hannover

Lunch Break

Social Cognition in Human-Robot-Interaction

Agnieszka WykowskaIstituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Short Talks (Empirical & Technical Track)

Coffee Break

Servitude, Freedom, Revolt – What Do the Creation of Human Beings and the Creation of A.I. Imply?

Gábor AmbrusCentre of Theology, Philosophy and Media Theory

Does AI need a body?

Astrid Rosenthal-von der PüttenRWTH Aachen University

Dinner

Keynote Adress "Perspektiven der Robotik zwischen Entwicklung, Wirtschaft und Politik" (open to public, in German language)

Michael DeckerInstitute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Friday 16th

Short Talks (Philosophy & Theology tracks)

Coffe break

Robots & Society (tentative title)

Eike Gräf iRights

The Right(s) Question: Can and Should Robots Have Rights?

David GunkelNorthern Illinois University

Registration Fees

We offer three options to register for this event: registration only and registration with on-site accomodation at Franz Hitze Haus. In order to support affordable travel for students the options with on-site accodomadtions are given to undergrad students with priority followed by grad students and faculty. We will add more information about nearby hotels that offer special rates asap.

Conference Fee
(no on-site accomodation)

90
  • reduced price for students: €60
  • Includes registration for the conference
  • Includes coffee breaks on all three days and lunch on Thursday and Friday

Conference Fee
(+ single room)

150
  • reduced price for students: €120
  • Includes registration for the conference
  • Includes accomodation (two nights) in a single room
  • Includes coffee breaks on all days and breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday

Conference Fee
(+ bed in double room)

130
  • reduced price for students: €100
  • Includes registration for the conference
  • Includes accomodation (two nights) in a double room together with a second participant
  • Includes coffee breaks on all days and breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday

     

germany

 

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ORGANIZERS

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Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten RWTH Aachen University
Germany

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Benedikt Paul Göcke Ruhr University Bochum
Germany

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Frank Meier-Hamidi Katholisch-soziale Akademie
FRANZ HITZE HAUS
Germany

THE VENUE

Katholisch-soziale Akademie
FRANZ HITZE HAUS
Kardinal-von-Galen-Ring 50
48149 Münster
Germany

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Catholic Academy Franz Hitze Haus Münster/Germany
The Catholic Academy Franz Hitze Haus was founded in 1952. The responsible authority is the Bishop of Munster. According to its statutes, it has the task of clarifying and promoting relations between the Church and the world. Its main tasks are the organization of scientific, interdisciplinary weekend conferences, all-day forums and study courses, as well as evening lectures and seminars. Main emphasis is placed on fundamental social, political, theological, scientific, media and art issues. The target groups are mainly persons with an academic background, multipliers and the holders of important functions from all walks of life.
This applies in particular to the topics of faith, theology and the Church. In view of the divergent tendencies in society and theology, the Academy makes efforts to balance off the discussion by presenting different positions and introducing the religious point of view into discussions on important questions in everyday life and fundamental and new problems. Another important focal point of the Academy’s catalogue of topics is made up by the areas of literature, theatre, film, art and the media, along with the natural sciences medicine. The art exhibitions held in the rooms of the Academy are particularly highly regarded by the general public.
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