Human-Machine Communication:

Authenticity in Communicating with Machines

Inter­na­tion­al Commu­ni­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion, 2023, Toron­to, Ontario, Canada

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

Venue: on-site at the ICA23 confer­ence venue

Call for Papers

The 7th annu­al pre-confer­ence on Human-Machine Commu­ni­ca­tion (HMC) aims to facil­i­tate discus­sions about theo­ries, method­olo­gies, find­ings, oppor­tu­ni­ties, and chal­lenges relat­ed to “authen­tic­i­ty” in HMC. We focus on two prima­ry areas: “authen­tic­i­ty in commu­ni­ca­tion between humans and machines” and “authen­tic­i­ty in HMC research.”

1) Authenticity in communication between humans and machines

Some exam­ples of specif­ic areas of interests/questions in this focus include the follow­ing, but are NOT limit­ed to:

  • What (theo­ret­i­cal) concepts are suit­able for under­stand­ing authen­tic­i­ty in HMC (e.g., self-disclo­sure, trust)?
  • How does authen­tic­i­ty empir­i­cal­ly mani­fest in HMC?
  • What are the roles and outcomes of authen­tic­i­ty in HMC (e.g., trust, accep­tance, atti­tudes, perceptions)?
  • What influ­ences authen­tic­i­ty in HMC (e.g., nature of the machine, user char­ac­ter­is­tics, commu­ni­ca­tion contexts/situations)? 

2) Authenticity in HMC research

Some exam­ples of specif­ic areas of interests/questions in this focus include the follow­ing, but are NOT limit­ed to:

  • How authen­ti­cal­ly can exist­ing theo­ret­i­cal approach­es (e.g., inter­per­son­al commu­ni­ca­tion theo­ries) concep­tu­al­ize HMC? What are new perspec­tives and approach­es that can authen­ti­cal­ly capture the essence of HMC?
  • How authen­ti­cal­ly can we measure and empir­i­cal­ly test HMC?
  • What are the obsta­cles and chal­lenges in devel­op­ing authen­tic­i­ty in HMC research? 


Contin­u­ing on the path of the previ­ous HMC pre-confer­ences, we have two major goals for this event. First, we aim to create a space for new perspec­tives, provoca­tive ideas, in-depth discus­sions, and crit­i­cal think­ing. Second, we aim to create dynam­ic network­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties that can culti­vate a strong mentor­ship commu­ni­ty and that can help find poten­tial collab­o­ra­tors. We focus on connect­ing ICA schol­ars with vari­ous method­olog­i­cal exper­tis­es (e.g., ethnog­ra­phy, network analy­sis, hetero­ge­neous engi­neer­ing, agent exper­i­men­ta­tion), inter­est group affil­i­a­tions, glob­al loca­tions, and commu­ni­ca­tion world­views to explore fertile ground and collab­o­ra­tions, enabling us to move forward in a robust, inclu­sive, and broad­ly informed HMC research area.

Submission Type: Short papers

Papers should be 1000–1500 words not includ­ing title page, tables, and refer­ences. The paper should detail what the schol­ar plans to present and how this relates to the over­all focus of the pre-confer­ence given above. Taking into account the accept­ed submis­sions, the orga­niz­ers will assign the papers to curat­ed panel sessions as well as to sessions with more inter­ac­tive formats. The pre-confer­ence is open to all sorts of schol­ar­ship, both empir­i­cal and theo­ret­i­cal, and any method­ol­o­gy is welcomed (e.g., quan­ti­ta­tive, qual­i­ta­tive). We also welcome position/reflection papers. Papers must be writ­ten in English and may use any inter­nal­ly consis­tent format­ting and cita­tion style. Submis­sions will be peer-reviewed, and it is expect­ed that all first authors will review 2–3 other submis­sions. Review crite­ria include rele­vance, orig­i­nal­i­ty, rigor, gener­a­tiv­i­ty, and implications/utility. 

Submission Guidelines

Submit two sepa­rate docu­ments in Pdf: (1) cover page and (2) anonymized manuscript

  • Cover page should include the follow­ing: Title of the paper, author infor­ma­tion (full name, affil­i­a­tion, and email address­es for all authors), and word count. 
  • Anonymized manu­script should include a title on the first page with­out iden­ti­fy­ing author infor­ma­tion. Manu­scripts must be prop­er­ly anonymized. This includes remov­ing all author names and affil­i­a­tions from the manu­script and from the name of the file and meta­da­ta. Authors should be care­ful that in-text and refer­ence cita­tions do not disclose aspects of author iden­ti­ty (partic­u­lar­ly refer­ences to works “in print” or “in review”). Please note that submis­sions that are not prop­er­ly anonymized may be returned to the submitter. 


Submis­sions should be emailed to with the subject line: HMC Pre-Confer­ence Submis­sion. Please double check the guide­lines (see above) before making the submission.

Important Dates

  • Submis­sions due: Janu­ary 31, 2023 extend­ed to Febru­ary 7, 2023 (12pm EST)
  • Reviews due: Febru­ary 26, 2023
  • Deci­sion noti­fi­ca­tions: around March 3, 2023


  • Jihyun Kim, Univer­si­ty of Central Flori­da, USA
  • Margot van der Goot, Univer­si­ty of Amster­dam, The Netherlands
  • Katrin Etzrodt, TU Dres­den, Germany
  • Chad Edwards, West­ern Michi­gan Univer­si­ty, USA
  • Seun­gahn Nah, Univer­si­ty of Flori­da, USA


To enhance the qual­i­ty of the review process, we need review­ers. In addi­tion to all first authors of the submit­ted papers, who will be required/expected to review 2–3 other submis­sions, we still need more volun­tary review­ers. Please contact Jihyun Kim ( if you’re inter­est­ed in help­ing us. Your time and support are great­ly appreciated.

Sponsorship Call

The pre-confer­ence welcomes spon­sors. Primar­i­ly, spon­sor­ships are being used to support student regis­tra­tion fees. If your orga­ni­za­tion would like to contribute funds and be recog­nized on promo­tion­al mate­ri­als at the event, please contact Jihyun Kim ( We will facil­i­tate the process with the support from ICA.