The American Psychological Association will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Technology, Mind, and Society in Washington, DC, on April 5-7, 2018. Scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and students from around the world are invited to participate in the event.

The conference will provide a venue for reporting and assessing current efforts to understand and shape the interactions of human beings and technology, for identifying priorities for future work, and for promoting exchange and collaboration among participants. 

The conference will be organized around the following broad themes:

  • Basic Research: How humans understand and use technology, impacts of technology on human experience and behavior, human-technology interactions as mutually adaptive systems, role of technology in advancing other areas of scientific research, and related topics.
  • Foundations of Technology Design: Development of technologies informed by psychological, behavioral, and social science research.
  • Applications: Development, use, and impact of specific technologies in domains such as aging, education, mental and physical health, recreation, and the workplace.
  • Broader Implications: Ethical and policy questions concerning the opportunities and challenges arising from human-technology interactions.

Conference presentations may address the role of humans at the individual, group, and/or societal levels. They may consider universal features of human-technology interactions as well as features that vary across age, culture, economic conditions, and other dimensions of human diversity.

Moreover, the conference aims to address the full range of contemporary and emerging technologies. These include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile devices, social media, virtual/augmented reality, gaming, geographic information systems, autonomous vehicles, and biomedical technologies (e.g., brain-machine interfaces, genetic engineering).

The conference is open to researchers, professionals, and students in all relevant areas, including psychology and other behavioral and social sciences, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, design, health research, education research, city and regional planning, public policy, history of science and technology, and philosophy.

In addition to keynote talks by leading researchers, the conference will feature peer-reviewed paper and poster presentations. Ample opportunities will be provided for discussion and networking.

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Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc., a robotics and AI startup developing a social robot for the home. Her research focuses on the design and impact of highly personalized social robots that build a relationship with people to help them achieve meaningful goals Author of the book ‘Designing Sociable Robots,’ she speaks at venues such as TED, the Computer Electronics Show, South by Southwest, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations on topics related to AI, innovation, and society. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. She has received Technology Review’s TR100/35 Award and the George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award, and was honored for TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008.

Justine Cassell is Associate Dean of Technology Strategy and Impact in the School of Computer Science and Director Emerita of the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She co-directs the Yahoo-CMU InMind partnership on the future of personal assistants. Her work focuses on better understanding the psychological and linguistic principles that underlie human social interaction in order to create “embodied conversational agents” that improve task performance by building rapport with their human partners. Cassell received the MIT Edgerton Prize and the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision award and was named to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics, which she later chaired. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Royal Academy of Scotland. She currently holds the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. Her work has been supported by institutions as diverse as the National Science Foundation, Heinz Family Foundation, Cure Autism Now Foundation, Microsoft Research, Google, and Mattel.

Eric Horvitz is a Technical Fellow and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Labs. He is interested in computational models of perception, inference, and decision making. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the Feigenbaum Prize and the Allen Newell Award for contributions in artificial intelligence. He was inducted into the CHI Academy for advances in computer-human collaboration. He has served as president of AAAI, chair of the AAAS Section on Computing, and on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Alex "Sandy" Pentland is a Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT where he directs the Connection Science and Human Dynamics programs. His research interests span computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing, and modern biometrics, work reflected in his most recent books `Social Physics' and 'Honest Signals.’ He is a member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the United Nations Secretary General. He is a member of the U.S. National Academies and contributor at the World Economic Forum. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, first place in the DARPA 40th Anniversary of the Internet challenge, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

Steering Committee

Tara Behrend, Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, George Washington University.

Jonathan Gratch, Research Professor of Computer Science and Psychology, Director for Virtual Human Research at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. 

Jeff Krichmar, Professor, Department of Cognitive Sciences and Department of Computer Science, University of California-Irvine.

H. Chad Lane, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Affiliate Faculty with Illinois Informatics Institute.

Bertram Malle, Professor, Department of Cognitive, Linguistics, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University.

Robert Proctor, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University.

Diana Tamir, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Princeton University.

Senior Program Committee

Amber Story, American Psychological Association, Chair.

Vincent Aleven, Carnegie Mellon University 

Jenay Beer, University of South Carolina

Tim Bickmore, Northeastern University 

Fran Blumberg, Fordham University 

Donald Bolger, University of Maryland 

Walter Boot, Florida State University 

Will Browne, Victoria University of Wellington 

Jing Chen, New Mexico State University 

Min Chi, North Carolina State University 

Nancy Cooke, Arizona State University 

Ken Fleischmann, University of Texas Austin 

Deborah Forster, University of California San Diego 

Philippe Gaussier, Cergy-Pontoise University

Jeff Hancock, Stanford University 

Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida 

Robert Hausmann, Carnegie Learning, Inc. 

Wendy Ju, Stanford University 

Nicole Krämer, University of Duisburgh-Essen 

Jerry Krueger, Krueger Ergonomics Consultants 

Richard Landers, Old Dominion University 

Dar Meshi, Michigan State University 

Dan Morrow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Anat Rafaeli, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Selma Sabanovic, Indiana University 

Juliana Schroeder, University of California Berkeley

Steve Stroessner, Barnard College 

Kim-Phuong L. Vu, California State University Long Beach 

Adrian Ward, University of Texas Austin 

Adam Waytz, Northwestern University

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RATES

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APA, ACM SIGCHI, and AAAI Members: $349 
Non-Members: $449 
Students: $199

*All registrations include Thursday night reception and lunch on both Friday and Saturday.


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Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

A range of sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available in conjunction with the Technology, Mind, and Society conference. For more information please contact Lane Wollerton at lwollerton@apa.org or by phone at 202- 572-3036.

Hotel

Marriott Marquis 
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 824-9200 | marriott.com

APA has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees at the discounted rate of $209 per night, plus applicable taxes. The room block cutoff date is Thursday, March 15, 2018. Reserve your room at the special APA rate.

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Conference proceedings

The scientific proceedings of The Technology, Mind, and Society conference will be published in the Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library within its International Conference Proceedings Series. To address the diverse needs of the different scientific communities convening at this interdisciplinary conference, authors will have the option to publish full papers or not. Authors who wish to publish their paper in another outlet should consider submitting a talk abstract rather than full paper (see Submission guidelines below).

Review process

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three established scientists with relevant expertise. The review process will be managed by an interdisciplinary Senior Program Committee appointed by the conference Steering Committee. Final decisions on acceptance will be made by the Chair of the Senior Program Committee, with review by the Steering Committee.

Submission guidelines 

Authors are invited to submit original contributions that have not been published or presented elsewhere (written in English). Submissions should be research-based (e.g., not a thought or opinion piece) and will undergo rigorous peer-review for acceptance. 

To better meet the varying expectations and conventions of differing research communities coming together, four categories of conference submissions are available – full papers, talk abstract, symposia, and posters.

Details for each category are as follows:


Length of submission

Length of presentation

Appearance in proceedings

Full Papers

6 pages including references

15-20 minutes with additional time for questions

Full 6 page paper

Talk Abstracts

250 word abstract plus additional description of the study, methods, and results up to one page total*

15-20 minutes with additional time for questions

250 word abstract

Symposia (must address common topic from multiple disciplinary or methodological perspectives)

3 pages including 250 word description of each talk

Total of 75 minutes for 3 or 4 speakers

3 page symposium submission

Poster Abstracts

250 word abstract

During 1 hour poster session

250 word abstract

*this additional information allows the reviewers to provide a more informed evaluation of the research.

Instructions for Submission

All proposals for full papers, talk abstracts, symposia, and posters should be submitted at openconf.org. You will be required to create an account, designate which category your submission belongs to, and upload it as a pdf file by the October 20, 2017 deadline. Information about the status of your submission and access to reviews will also be available through openconf.org.


All submissions must follow ACM’s publication guidelines, must be submitted as a pdf file and must use the following ACM SIGCHI templates:


If you downloaded the templates prior to Sept 8, please use the revised versions instead as they include additional clarifying information.

Authors must anonymize their submissions by omitting all identifying information, such as name, affiliation, acknowledgments, or websites, within the pdf of the submission. Authors may cite their own work as long as they do not self-identify (e.g., “A recent study on social media use suggests…” rather than “Our lab found that social media use…”). Authors will need to enter author information to create their profile in openconf.org, however, that information is hidden from reviewers.

If a submission is accepted for the conference and for publication in the conference proceedings, authors will have 2-3 weeks to complete a camera-ready copy that responds to reviewers’ concerns and includes all author names, affiliations, citations, and full references (if applicable). 

Full Papers:

Full papers are to be no more than 6 pages in length, including references, following a double column format, using the template above.

Talk Abstracts:

Talk abstracts must use the template provided above. Submissions include a 250 word abstract plus additional description of the study, methods, and results to fill one page of the template. Note that this additional description is for review purposes only and will not be included in the conference proceedings if the talk abstract is accepted.

Symposia:

Symposia are designed to address a common topic from multiple disciplinary or methodological perspectives. Submissions must use the template provided above and be no more than 3 pages in length in total, including an abstract of the session (no more than 250 words), a description of the common topic (no more than 200 words) and summaries of each of the symposium presentations (no more than 250 words each). 

Poster Abstracts:

Posters must use the template provided above and consist of a 250 word (maximum) abstract as well as keywords.

Note:

The Program Committee and Chair have the authority to accept proposals as posters even if they were submitted as full papers or talk abstracts. Authors will then be required to reduce the size of their paper submission or withdraw the submission.

The deadline for all submissions is October 20, 2017. Proposers will be notified whether their submissions have been accepted by January 19, 2018. 

Reminder:

If a submission for a full paper or talk abstract is accepted, at least one author must attend the conference in person in order for it to be included in the conference proceedings. For accepted symposium proposals, all named speakers must attend the conference in order for the proposal to be included in the proceedings.

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