The Human-Machine Communication (HMC) Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA) supports and promotes scholarship regarding communication between people and technologies designed to enact the role of communicator, such as artificial intelligence (AI), robots, digital assistants, smart and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, cyborgs, and virtual and augmented realities.
HMC research focuses on the meaning-making that unfolds when people engage directly with technology as a communicative subject. HMC encompasses the aspects of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Human-Agent Interaction (HAI), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) pertaining to technologies that function as communicators. It also includes the philosophical and critical examination of these technologies and their integration into daily life.
HMC research focuses on how people make sense of machines as communicators; the implications of people’s interactions with communicative technology for individuals, organizations, and society. The HMC Interest Group is inclusive of the different theoretical and methodological approaches.
We accept submissions for papers, posters, and extended abstracts. There will be no panel submissions this year. We highly encourage people to submit to the main conference.
We are planning a preconference, and the CFP will be released at a later date with a submission deadline after that of the main conference.
2019 ICA Pre-Conference, Communicating with Machines: Boundless Imagination, Washington, DC
2018 ICA Pre-Conference, Communicating with Machines: Theory and Practice, Prague, Czech Republic
2017 ICA Pre-Conference, Communicating with Machines: Interventions with Digital Agents, San Diego, California
2016 ICA Post-Conference, Communicating with Machines: The Rising Power of Digital Interlocutors in Our Lives, Fukuoka, Japan
2015 ICA BlueSky Workshop, Beyond Human: Developing Human-Machine Communication Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico
HMC Interest Group on the ICA website: https://www.icahdq.org/group/hmc
Official members of the group will receive information about calls and events. Members also have voting rights and can run for office.
When renewing your ICA membership or joining ICA for the first time, select Human-Machine Communication from the list of Interest Groups and Divisions.
Resources not formally affiliated with this group or ICA but that may be of interest to HMC scholars.
Human-Machine Communication focuses on the theory and practice of communication with and about digital interlocutors. It is open access and publishes articles both online and in print.
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