First International Conference on Hybrid Societies, March 15-17, 2023

Call for Papers

In hybrid societies, humans and embodied technologies need to coordinate efficiently. Hybrid societies arise when embodied digital technologies functioning as artificial agents mingle with humans in public environments. Imminent examples of embodied technologies interacting with humans in public environments are highly automated and driverless vehicles mixed with human-driven vehicles and human road-users in traffic as well as urban robots for street-cleaning, service, or delivery. Coordination of humans with fellow humans in public environments is relatively smooth. For interactions in hybrid societies to be effective and similarly smooth, human capabilities and technological functionalities must be analyzed and harmonized in novel ways.

Coordination in hybrid societies involves perceiving and tracking behavior, assessing each other’s capabilities, states, and situation-specific intentions in encounters for prediction, implicit and explicit communication, and movement planning and control. Coordination can be studied at the level of individual encounters and human-machine interfaces up to the level of whole socio-technical systems encompassing joint activities of human and artificial agents.

The first international Conference on Hybrid Societies is organized by the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center Hybrid Societies at Chemnitz University of Technology (CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies funded by the German Research Foundation), in which a highly interdisciplinary group of researchers from psychology and engineering sciences to mathematics and computer science to the social sciences and humanities address the challenges of shaping the coexistence of humans and machines in public environments. For Hybrid Societies 2023, we invite contributions that report original novel research findings on human-machine interaction in hybrid societies and contributions that advance required technological innovations including AR/VR technologies for embodiment and simulation. The conference is single-track. The final program will be the result of a selective peer-review process based on the quality, originality, and relevance of submissions and will include presentations of refereed papers and keynote talks. A Best Paper Award will be provided to the most outstanding contributions by a committee of experts. The conference proceedings will be published in a peer-reviewed book by Springer and a selection of extended contributions will be invited to be submitted to special issues in renowned international scientific journals.

Examples of topics

Socio-technical systems with embodied digital agents

  • coordination of humans and embodied digital technologies
  • automated driving and urban robotics
  • smoothly resolving space-sharing conflicts
  • coordination of joint actions
  • shared intentionality
  • adaptive autonomy and coactive design
  • cooperation and trust in first encounters
  • acceptance, credibility, and (legal) responsibility of artificial agents
  • framing and modulating interaction
  • cultural differences
  • resilience engineering of joint cognitive systems

Perceiving and assessing interaction partners

  • human behavior tracking
  • recognition and displays of gaze, gestures, and postures
  • assessing capabilities
  • social perception
  • anthropomorphism, zoomorphism
  • human-like behavior and movement styles
  • adaptive interaction

Predicting behavior for joint action

  • recognizing and predicting intentions
  • joint attention
  • epistemic modeling
  • theory of mind
  • action prediction
  • dynamic coupling

Interaction for coordination

  • implicit communication
  • multimodal communication
  • language for coordination and repair

Motion tracking and control

  • body-attached sensors and actuators
  • sensory feedback
  • haptic feedback
  • teleoperation and telemanipulation
  • shared autonomy
  • spatial orientation, telepresence, and spatial updating
  • interaction with teleoperators
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Übergreifende Projekte



Keynotes confirmed so far by

Tal Oron-Gilad, Ben-Gurion Universtity of the Negev

Matthew Johnson, Florida Institute For Human & Machine Cognition

Gustav Markkula, University of Leeds

Pre-Conference Workshops

Build-your-own EDT Hackathon

Important Dates

When: March 14, 2023
Where: Chemnitz University of Technology – Central Lecture Hall Building "Orangerie"

Embodied digital technologies are increasingly prevalent, even in public spaces. We encounter non-human agents that serve as teleconference avatars, delivery drones, and even in our own households, vacuum cleaners that can find their way around. How do they sense the environment? How do they "know" what to do and how to carry out these plans? More importantly, how can their behavior be designed that they are not merely automated behavior with physical bodies but co-agents in shared environments, whose agency we accept as we go about our daily business.

The goal of this one-day hackathon is to help us better understand how EDTs function and to co-create the culture of tomorrow's hybrid societies. We invite you to join us for a one-day hackathon!

What awaits you

In this Hackathon, you will gain first-hand experience with the building blocks of EDTs (i.e., sensors, actuators, and a controller) and learn how to make these components work together. In teams, you will design, build, and program robots that will be readily accepted as a member of our everyday lives. Through the process of developing EDTs, we will discuss the requirements of such an EDT, accordingly to our diverse perspectives, individual preferences, and personal motivations.

Seminar room with people against the light

Photo: Larissa Flade


No prior knowledge on programming or robotics is necessary. This event is designed to challenge your creativity and problem-solving skills to encourage critical thinking about so-called smart technology that is populating our society. Our development platform will be SPIKE, Lego's interactive development kit.

Registration Procedures

This event is free for conference registrants as long as there are places available. Priority will be given to early career researchers.

Contact Person

Max Kullmann:

Recommended Reading:

Gilbert, M. (1990). Walking together: A paradigmatic social phenomenon. MidWest studies in philosophy, 15, 1-14.


Joint colloquium on Virtual Testing and Digital Twins

Important Dates

When: March 14, 2023
Where: Chemnitz University of Technology – Central Lecture Hall Building "Orangerie"

The colloquium is a pre-conference event of the CRC conference and will bring together researchers from the Fraunhofer JL IDEAS of the University of Naples Federico II and the CRC Hybrid Societies.

More information will follow soon.

Dates and Submissions

Submissions for oral presentations presenting original and unpublished work are solicited on all topics of hybrid societies. Authors may choose to submit in either one of two ways.

  • For inclusion in an edited volume (Springer): papers submitted for inclusion in a peer reviewed publication should be 5-6 pages in length. If accepted, reviewer comments will be sent to allow for revision for publication.
  • Short papers not aimed at book publication should not exceed 1,200 words (including figures, tables, and references; excluding title and abstract). Some short paper submissions may be accepted for poster presentation.

All submissions must be written in English, formatted according to our template which is available below.
All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Accepted submissions must be presented at the conference (at least one author of each submission must register to be included in the program).
Proceedings will be indexed in WoS and SCOPUS.
All submissions must be made electronically through the online submission system ConfTool. To make sure that your paper meets the formal requirements, please use the following templates. Please note: The final format will be defined and realized by the publisher at a later date. The templates below are valid for the review procedure for the time being. Hence, the limit of 6 pages applies only to the Word template. If you are working with the LaTex template, please submit a maximum of 12 pages.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: September 1, 2022
Notification of acceptance: October 24, 2022
Final camera-ready submission: December 15, 2022


Registration fees

The conference fee includes the Conference Dinner.


Chemnitz University of Technology

The conference will take place in the Central Lecture Hall Building "Orangerie" of the Chemnitz University of Technology.


Chemnitz University of Technology
Reichenhainer Str. 90
09126 Chemnitz, Germany


Postal address:

CRC Hybrid Societies
Chemnitz University of Technology
Reichenhainer Str. 70
09126 Chemnitz, Germany

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