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European Communication Science Event
(ECSE 2024)

Session 1

"Ethics Exchange: A World Cafe on Human-Machine-Communication from different Stakeholder Perspectives" 

June 20th, 13:45-15:30 

With the emergence of advanced technologies and platforms, like Open AI, Large Language Models, and so many more, Human-Machine-Communication (HMC) research faces increasingly complex ethical considerations. To address these challenges and explore diverse perspectives, we hold a World Cafe to facilitate dynamic discussions among HMC-researchers and anyone else who is intrigued by our topic. Attendees at our event will rotate between small group discussions at three "cafe tables" 

representing perspectives of key stakeholders: research, industry, and policy. Each cafe table will delve into specific topics and ethical questions relevant to their respective stakeholder group. After the conversation rounds, participants of the session will have the chance to pose and up-vote questions that will be discussed in a concluding panel by the invited experts from research, industry, and policy.

Invited experts (more coming soon):


Alexander van de Zeeuw from University of Twente


Alexandra Redmann from


Sela Kooter from the Commissariaat voor de Media

Ariën Voogt from Algorithm Audit



Introduction of invited industry and policy experts

Splitting up on cafe tables

Conversation round I

Break – Switching tables

Conversation round II

Break – Filling in survey on panel questions & voting

Concluding panel:

Invited experts discuss proposed and up-voted questions



Session 2

"Panel Pushing boundaries: exploring innovations in HMC research" 

June 21st, 11:00-13:00

To showcase current examples of innovative HMC-research and to emphasize what practical and technical challenges arise, and how they can be overcome, our panel will bring together researchers that use different methodological approaches in their work. They all recently investigated different emerging study 

objectives or used innovative methodologies that significantly advance the HMC-scholarship. Concluding their short pitches, a guided discussion will follow opening the space for reflection. Here, we will collectively talk about the (remaining/new) boundaries in HMC research.

Invited panelists:

  • Exploring Human-Chatbot Friendship Dynamics: The Case of Penny, a WhatsApp-Integrated Chatbot Utilizing GPT4-Turbo API
    Leonard Block Santos, Johan Karremans, Fred Hasselman, and Evelien Heyselaar (Radboud University)

  • The role of subjective perceptions and attributions in empathy for pain towards human and robots: an EEG/ERP study
    Veerle van Hobbelink, Daniel F. Preciado Vanegas, and Elly Konijn (VU)

  • Measuring Altruistic Behaviour Towards Robots Using The Peg-Turning Dilemma
    Marieke Wieringa (RUG), Tibor Bosse, and Barbara Müller (RU)

  • Investigating mechanisms underlying socio-affective bonding with a social robot
    Peggy van Minkelen and Elly Konijn (VU)

  • Alex van der Zeeuw – more information coming soon

  • Ruud Hortensius (Utrecht) – more information coming soon

Programme will follow. 

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