The Human-Machine Commu­ni­ca­tion Inter­est Group supports and promotes schol­ar­ship regard­ing commu­ni­ca­tion between people and tech­nolo­gies designed to enact the role of commu­ni­ca­tors (i.e., arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI), robots, digi­tal assis­tants, smart and Inter­net of Things (IoT) devices). HMC encom­pass­es research with­in Human-Comput­er Inter­ac­tion (HCI), Human-Robot Inter­ac­tion (HRI), and Human-Agent Inter­ac­tion (HAI) and relat­ed areas of study focused on how people make sense of machines as commu­ni­ca­tors; the impli­ca­tions of people’s inter­ac­tions with commu­nica­tive tech­nol­o­gy for indi­vid­u­als, orga­ni­za­tions, and soci­ety; and the philo­soph­i­cal and crit­i­cal critique of the design of these tech­nolo­gies and their inte­gra­tion into daily life. HMC also includes the study of the discourse surround­ing commu­nica­tive tech­nolo­gies and people’s commu­ni­ca­tion with them. The HMC Inter­est Group is inclu­sive of the differ­ent theo­ret­i­cal and method­olog­i­cal approach­es in commu­ni­ca­tion research. 


Call for papers for HMC Pre-Confer­ence 2023 in Toron­to, submis­sion extend­ed to Febru­ary 7

You will find the entire CfP at PRE-CONFERENCE 2023

Date: Thurs­day, May 25, 2023 (Full Day; 8:30 am — 5:00 pm)

Venue: on-site at the ICA23 confer­ence venue

Submis­sion dead­line: All submis­sions must be submit­ted no later than Febru­ary 7, 2023 @ 12:00 (noon) ICA head­quar­ters time (EDT).

Submis­sion type: Short Paper (1,000 to 1,500 words, excl. title page, tables, refer­ences) to

Survey for upcom­ing Inter­na­tion­al “Meet the lab” event at Tues­day, Febru­ary 28th at 15:00 (EST)

Save the date: Tues­day, Febru­ary 28th at 15:00 EST

The Inter­na­tion­al “Meet the lab” event. This is a network­ing event, to be orga­nized, which is planned to bring togeth­er HMC researchers, univer­si­ty depart­ments
carry­ing out HMC work, and HMC labs world­wide who would like to show­case their work
and/or find possi­ble collab­o­ra­tions or mean­ing­ful feed­back about their work.
The event aims to include schol­ars through­out the world and help them to reach out to
each other outside of the main ICA confer­ence. The event is member-focused and intends to
serve the members of our inter­est group. It is open to all schol­ars at any stage in their careers.

Elec­tion Results for HMC Inter­est Group (2022)

We congrat­u­late the elect­ed candi­dates of the 2022 election:

  • Secre­tary: Andrew Prahl, Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal U 
  • Student and Early Career Repre­sen­ta­tive: Caro­line van Strat­en, U of Amsterdam 
  • Inter­na­tion­al Liai­son: Kun Xu, U of Florida

Unless other­wise indi­cat­ed, candi­dates elect­ed in the Fall 2022 elec­tion serve a two-year term begin­ning Monday, 29 May 2023 (the last day of the 73rd annu­al ICA confer­ence in Toron­to, Cana­da) and ending with the conclu­sion of the 2025 confer­ence in Denver, Colorado, USA.

We look forward to work­ing togeth­er to tell more people about this amaz­ing commu­ni­ty of schol­ars and main­tain­ing our strong sense of commu­ni­ty, which is kind and open to all kinds of scholarship.

In May 2022 (at the 72nd annu­al ICA confer­ence), we count­ed 333 members. This is an enor­mous growth from the Blue Sky Work­shop in 2015 (24 to 30 partic­i­pants) and the 90 signa­tures need­ed in 2019. Impor­tant­ly, we are a diverse group in terms of geograph­i­cal spaces, meth­ods, and epis­te­molo­gies. Members come from 20 to 25 differ­ent coun­tries. Our Inter­est Group is being praised for being 50.4% not US; out of all Divisions/Interest Groups we current­ly rank fourth in this respect.



Join now! 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.

HMC at ICA’s “The Link”
Connect­ing you with peers to share strate­gic advice, solve chal­lenges and devel­op new approach­es. Sign in, select the IG “Human-Machine Commu­ni­ca­tion”, and start shar­ing.

— HMC Schol­ars E‑Mail List


The List address­es inter­na­tion­al schol­ars inter­est­ed in human-machine commu­ni­ca­tion (HMC), or the study of commu­ni­ca­tion with a host of tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing HCI, HAI, and HRI. The purpose of this list is to share announce­ments rele­vant to the commu­ni­ty includ­ing CFPs for confer­ences and publi­ca­tions. Welcome.


Designed as an inter­na­tion­al, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary hub, Human-Machine Commu­ni­ca­tion will publish high-impact schol­ar­ship exam­in­ing human-machine commu­ni­ca­tion from a breadth of method­olog­i­cal, theo­ret­i­cal, and philosophical/critical angles to bring further visi­bil­i­ty, legit­i­ma­cy, and commu­ni­ty to this newly emer­gent locus of schol­ar­ly and public inter­est. The jour­nal is the result of collec­tive orga­niz­ing around recent pre-confer­ences and work­shops at the Inter­na­tion­al Commu­ni­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (ICA), Asso­ci­a­tion of Inter­net Researchers (AoIR), and ACM/IEEE Inter­na­tion­al Confer­ence on Human-Robot Inter­ac­tion (HRI). It is clear there is tremen­dous schol­ar­ly ener­gy converg­ing around this topic matter.