European Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics  
18 - 19 November 2021, Portugal, a Virtual Conference

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Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal

Welcome to ECIAIR 2021

The motivation to launch the European Conference on the Impact of AI and Robotics (ECIAIR 2021) came about as a result of the maturing of artificial intelligence and robotics, particularly of the cognitive computing kind, which is producing an unprecedented revolution in the role of work and professionals in society. So this Conference aims to focus not so much on the technology itself, but rather its consequence on knowledge work and society. We are looking for research with a broad set of approaches from the future of the professions; through knowledge networks enabled by cognitive computing and other technologies; education issues; collaborative robots; ever-more autonomous machines and their relationship with humans; whether we will need to demand ethical or at least acceptable social behaviours on the part of machines; considerations on assigning personhood to machines; to name a few topics. We would like to see the ECIAIR develop into a key forum where natural scientists, social scientists and philosophers come together to envision the future of society in the context of advanced AI and Robotics, so as to keep progress in balance with the meaning of life and the destiny of humankind - the stakes are much to high to do otherwise. So we also welcome contributions from philosophers reflecting on the ethical dimension of AI and the balance between science and conscience.   

ECIAIR 2021 is being held at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal, on the 18 - 19 November 2021

 Conference Chair

Dr Florinda Matos

Programme Chair

Prof Isabel Salavisa

Personal Message from the Conference Chairs

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are developing at a pace that defies the human learning capacity, raising questions concerning the consequences of AI and robotics on work, society and the human future. How will society and mankind reorganize themselves in a context where Artificial Intelligence is the “person next door”? This and many other challenging themes are demanding urgent answers to anticipate the impacts of the disruptive changes that are coming about in society.

ECIAIR organizers aim to enhance the debate about the issues that affect the future of society and the next generations. Thus, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and all those who wish to contribute to the discussion on the subject are invited to participate in the next ECIAIR, taking place in Portugal, at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, on 18 - 19 November 2021.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline28 April 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance07 May 2021
Full paper due for review17 June 2021
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)26 August 2021
Earlybird registration closes09 September 2021
Final paper due (with any changes)23 September 2021
Final Author registration date14 October 2021

Conference Publications

Papers accepted for the ECIAIR after the double-blind peer review process, will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings will have an ISSN and assigned an ISBN on publication. Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development and possible publication in the journals listed below. Note that journal editors are provided with the conference proceedings and will make selections if they feel work is appropriate and of sufficient quality for the journal. If invited to publish in a journal authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

Authors are welcome to submit a developed version of the ECIAIR conference paper to the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues. The journal guidelines for submission will need to be followed, but authors should mention that their work has been presented at ECIAIR 2019

Conference Accreditations

Proceedings of the European Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will be submitted for accreditation on publication for:

      • indexing in the ISI Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index
      • listing in EBSCO database of Conference Proceedings
      • listing in the ProQuest database
      • listing on Google Scholar and Google Books
      • listing on Curran Assoc Inc
      • listing on Publishers Licensing Services