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. 


Meet the Lab on March 1, 2024 (9:00 AM — 10:30 AM, EST)

We’re excit­ed to invite you to our second online ‘Inter­na­tion­al Meet the Lab’ event, set for March 1, 2024. Join us for what promis­es to be a produc­tive exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Build­ing on last year’s success, this event offers schol­ars an oppor­tu­ni­ty to present their labs, centers, or lab groups, and to engage in discus­sions about HMC research. We are priv­i­leged to welcome four guest speakers:

  • Dr. Astrid Rosen­thal-von der Pütten: Direc­tor of Chair Indi­vid­ual and Tech­nol­o­gy at the Depart­ment of Soci­ety, Tech­nol­o­gy, and Human Factors, RWTH Aachen University.
  • Dr. Sunny Liu: Direc­tor of Research, the Social Media Lab at the Depart­ment of Commu­ni­ca­tion, Stan­ford University.
  • Dr. James Cummings: Former co-direc­tor of the Commu­ni­ca­tion Research Center at the College of Commu­ni­ca­tion, Boston University
  • Dr. Tony Liao: Direc­tor of CougAR lab at the Cullen College of Engi­neer­ing, Univer­si­ty of Houston.

The guest speak­ers’ presen­ta­tions will last approx­i­mate­ly 1 hour, followed by a Q&A session.

Event details

Date: March 1
Time: 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT +0).
Regis­tra­tion: Manda­to­ry (via Link below)
Fee: None

Time Zones
9:00 AM — 10:30 AM EST (New York)
6:00 AM — 7:30 AM PST (Cali­for­nia)
3:00 PM — 4:30 PM CET (Germany)
10:00 PM — 11:30 PM SGT/CST (Singapore/Beijing)

To find the local time in your area you may use online time zone convert­ers like Green­wich Mean Time Convert­er.


Please regis­ter by using this LINK
You will receive a Zoom link to the event once you register.

HMC at the ICA’s Annu­al Confer­ence 2024, Gold Coast, Australia

We’re excit­ed to invite you to submit your work to the IG HMC track at ICA’s upcom­ing annu­al confer­ence, themed Commu­ni­ca­tion and Glob­al Human Rights. Whether you have a full-length paper, an extend­ed abstract, or an inter­ac­tive poster, we welcome your contributions.

🗓 The submis­sion dead­line is set for Novem­ber 1st, 2023. 

👀 Don’t forget to also sign up as a review­er when you submit.

Please note that all authors hold­ing a PhD, or who have advanced to the status of a PhD candi­date or student, and are includ­ed in manu­scripts submit­ted to the HMC Inter­est Group, are oblig­at­ed to review submis­sions to our track.

For more details about the Call for Papers, please visit ICA’s HMC Call for Papers.

You can find the Confer­ence Submis­sion Guide­lines at

You can find the Confer­ence Review­er Guide at

Elec­tion Results 2023

Congrat­u­la­tions to Katrin Etzrodt on her elec­tion as our next Vice Chair! Her term will begin at the end of the ICA Annu­al Confer­ence in June 2024. 

We are happy that our proposed changes to the bylaws were accepted.

You can find all elec­tion results at



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


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.

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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.


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.