Human-Machine Communication Journal – Special Issue CFP!!

Human-Machine Communication: Special Issue 

(Call for Papers) “Diffusion of Human-Machine Communication During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic”

(Special Issue Editors)

Do Kyun David Kim, Ph.D ( Richard D’Aquin / BORSF Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Rukhsana Ahmed, Ph.D ( Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Department at the University at Albany, SUNY

Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D ( University Distinguished Professor at George Mason University

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has been unceasing, unpredictable, hardly controllable, and fatal. The current generation has no prior experience of such a global pandemic, which has provoked confusion, mistakes, controversy, and incompetence among all sectors of society in the attempt to control the pandemic. As the number of infections has dramatically escalated, health professionals (e.g., doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners) have also been widely exposed to infection risk. In general, the pandemic is a public health disaster for all humankind.

While humans are vulnerable to viruses and other infectious diseases, machines are unsusceptible to such causes of human diseases. Along with the biomedical advantage of machines, human-machine communication (HMC) facilitated by artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be a significant part of the New Normal already emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Likely, HMC will be further routinized in the post-pandemic world, altering human lifestyles, offering an alternative to face-to-face communication between humans, meeting demands for independent or remote work, necessitating teaming with communicable devices or robots, and providing context for the development of human-like friendships with AI partners. In fact, not only has HMC complemented, but it has also, at present, substantially replaced human communication in many areas of personal and professional life.

This special issue focuses on strategic human-machine communication that contributes to overcoming difficulties caused by a pandemic and addressing the HMC-based New Normal during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly, we welcome studies investigating the acceleration of the diffusion of human-machine communication as a communicative solution for current and future pandemics and implementation of HMC as a new normal. Based on this general theme, this special issue aims to feature diverse circumstances of HMC related to pandemics, such as human-robot interaction, virtual and augmented realities (humans “in” the machine or machine environments), cyborg/augmentics (human-machine hybridity), human-machine teaming, and automation, and to be inclusive of multiple methodological, epistemic, and disciplinary approaches. This special issue strives to advance HMC scholarship internationally by encouraging excellence in academic research.

For more information or questions, please contact the Special Issue Editor Dr. David Kim at

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Diffusion of HMC, Strategic Adoption and Implementation of HMC, Application of HMC to Health Communication, Future Study, Problem-Solving, Interdisciplinary Research

Deadline: December 30, 2020. All manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system ( with the remark, “Special Issue” in the cover letter. In the online submission system, there will be a drop-down menu under Document Type. Please choose “Special Issue Submission.”

Call for Papers: “Innovative Communication Strategies for the Current and Future Pandemics”

Hello AI Comm Research Consortium Members,

I believe some of you are interested in this interesting call for papers by the Journal of Creative Communications (Sage Publication).

Please click the link below (Call For Papers) for detailed information about this class.

“Innovative Communication Strategies for the Current and Future Pandemics.”

Call For Papers: Special Issue – Journal of Creative Communications

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know at

Stay safe and healthy!

David Kim



Ideas for a journal’s special issue on communication between AI-based robots and humans?

Hello AI Comm Research Consortium Folks!

I have been contacted by a communication journal suggesting a special issue on advanced media and communication technology. I immediately thought of making it with topics on communication between AI-based robots and humans as I am interested in this issue as a diffusion researcher. But, what I need to think more is the relationship between AI-robots and the media, while I have tons of agendas related to communication between AI-robots and humans. Do you have any research agenda ideas dealing with AI-robots and advanced media together? I think I am defining the media in a narrow and traditional way…need to expand the boundary a little bit. Please let me know if you have any ideas on AI-robots and media… (David Kim). Thanks!

ICA 2020 not in Australia, but as an entirely virtual conference!

COVID-19 and our decision on the 70th Annual ICA Conference in Australia, Friday, 6 March 2020.
It is with great disappointment and a heavy heart that we announce that the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, scheduled for 21-25 May, 2020, will not be taking place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as a physical event. In light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the considerable uncertainties and difficulties that many delegates face in coming to Australia, we will instead be convening the ICA conference, with its theme of Open Communication, in May as an entirely virtual conference.

2019 NCA Pre-conference on Communication, Technology, and Automation

Hey Folks!

It’s the week of NCA. If you come, hope you enjoy the conference.

I just let you know that there was a pre-conference on communication, technology, and automation, which was somewhat related to communication with AIs.

Public info for the pre-conference is on the website below.

Description:    The nature of work is evolving in fundamental ways. The landscape and trajectory of traditional jobs, as well as work in non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and even social movements, is changing as organizational structures and communication evolve. Despite recent research in this domain, there is still a need to consider how shifts in the sociotechnical environment impact the communication processes at play within organizations. Thus, as attention shifts to examine how information communication technologies are deployed, communication scholars are focusing on issues related to advances in artificial intelligence, automation at work, and increasing expectations of alignment and interaction between humans and technology. Communication theory and research have distinctive contributions to make in understanding and navigating the future of work. The technological and scientific progression offers an opportunity to advance fundamental communication accounts of novel and changing forms of organizing including the emergence and transformation of industries and occupations, forms of production, work-life balance, participation, the fostering and sustenance of innovation.



Enjoy your day!

Please Participate in Data Collection

Hello Colleagues,

Would you participate in this survey on public perception regarding humanoid robot doctors?

In addition, it would be greatly appreciated if you copy and paste this web-address to your social media. If you copy and paste this web-address, it will automatically generate a survey banner, so others can also participate in and share this survey link easily.  Thank you very much!


CDC Conference Presentation on Public Trust in Humanoid Robot Doctors

Hello AL Communication Research Consortium Members,

I inform you that I have a poster presentation on Public Trust in Humanoid Robot Doctors at CDC’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing & Media in Atlanta next week on Aug. 14th.



If you want to share your research with our members, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

ICA Conference is Over, but HMC Journal is seeking your submission!

Hello AI Consortium Members!

The Human Machine Communication Interest Group had a one full day preconference. It was very successful, having many people involved. To me, it looked like the biggest preconference section among many others.

Although ICA is over by now, Human-Machine Communication Journal is accepting manuscripts for the 2nd volume. So, if you are interested, contact the editors.

As we always do, if you have anything that you want to share with our consortium members or need our members’ help or collaboration, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I will post it to our blog and email to everyone! Our group is all about helping each other.

Have a great summer!

David Kim


ICA Post-Conference on External Funding

Hello Members of the AI Comm Research Consortium!

One of our colleagues, Dr. Kerk Kee at Chapman University, is organizing a post-conference on external funding at ICA this year (see below for more details).
Dr. Kee has received multiple external grants from federal agencies (e.g., NSF).
If you have any questions about the post-conference, feel free to contact him!


Dear ICA Organizational Communication Division Members,

2019 ICA Organizational Communication Division Post-Conference on External

Post-Conference Title: Developing External Funding Opportunities for
Organizational Communication Researchers

ICA 2019 – Washington DC, USA May 29, 2019 (Wed); 9am-4 pm

Offsite Location:
w_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds> The Omni Hotel at 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC
20008.  It is a 13-minute bus ride (passing by every 4 minutes) away from
the Hilton conference hotel, or about a 5-minute car ride or 20-minute walk.
See map below for direction.

This post-conference aims to (a) create greater awareness of external
funding opportunities and (b) facilitate Organizational Communication
Division members’ development of research proposals. Keynote addresses will
be given by Peter Monge (University of Southern California), Robert O’Connor
(National Science Foundation), and Edward Palazzolo (U.S. Army Research
Office). Several division members with notable external funding experiences
will also make presentations and/or serve as coaches. The post-conference
will inform members of the nuts and bolts of seeking external funding.

Confirmed coaches include (in alphabetical order of last names):

Josh Barbour (University of Texas at Austin)
Stacy Connaughton (Purdue University)
Marya Doerfel (Rutgers University)
Kerk Kee (Chapman University)
Vernon Miller (Michigan State University)
Scott Poole (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
Michelle Shumate (Northwestern University)
Keri Stephens (University of Texas at Austin)
Matthew Weber (University of Minnesota)
Steve Wilson (University of South Florida)

Graduate students, post-docs, and faculty researchers of organizational
communication interested in seeking external funding are encouraged to
submit a proposal abstract (1 or 2-page single space) to this year’s
organizational communication division external funding post-conference.
Inspired by the theme of the 2019 ICA Conference – Communication Beyond
Boundaries – the Organizational Communication Division encourages members to
submit their research on any topic, method, or approach. Participants who
are able to register by April 15, 2019 (Monday) at 12 PM (noon, pacific
standard time) and submit an abstract by April 26, 2019 (Friday) at 11:59 PM
(pacific standard time) will receive feedback from mentors on their ideas
for external funding. Registered participants without an abstract are
welcome to attend the workshop as well.

Registration: $50 for faculty, and $30 for students (Participants must
register for the post-conference through the ICA conference portal at the
time of registration for the main conference). Please visit
<> for the link to register.

Registered participant who submits an abstract by the deadline will be
listed in the post-conference program by the workshop organizers. This may
help with travel reimbursement, depending on participants’ university travel

. Questions should be addressed to Vernon Miller,  <>, or Michelle Shumate,  <>

Deadline for post-conference registrations: April 15, 2019 (Monday) at 12:00

Deadline for abstract submissions: April 26, 2019 (Friday) at 11:59 PM PST

. Please submit proposal abstract to Kerk Kee,  <>

Sponsorship: This pre-conference is sponsored through generous support by:

. ICA Organizational Communication Division . Brian Lamb School of
Communication, Purdue University . Department of Communication, Michigan
State University . School of Communication, Northwestern University . The
Organizing, Communication, and Technology Research Group in the School of
Communication, Chapman University

Co-organizers: This post-conference has been planned and conducted with help
from the ICA, Organizational Communication Division leadership, and our
post-conference organizers:

. Vernon D. Miller, Professor, Michigan State University . Michelle Shumate,
Professor, Northwestern University . Kerk F. Kee, Associate Professor,
Chapman University . Advisor: Stacey L. Connaughton, Associate Professor,
Purdue University (Chair, Organizational Communication Division – ICA)


Kerk F. Kee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Communication,
Chapman University, Doti #205, Orange, California 92866,
Homepage:  <
OCT Group:  <
<> YouTube Introduction by
Chapman University