1st AI-Debate Workshop

establishing An InterDisciplinary pErspective on speech-BAsed TEchnology

Sept. 27, 2021 fully virtually

About the AI-Debate Workshop

The 2021 establishing An InterDisciplinary pErspective on speech-BAsed TEchnology aims is to collect and connect theoretical and methodological approaches from multiple disciplines to widen the perspective on speech-based technology.

Speech-based technology has evolved dramatically over the last few years with ongoing progress. Today’s speech-based technology has become some kind of companion system. From a psychological perspective, the ability to speak has been a unique human feature until recently. With speech-based technology adopting these principles, human-technology interaction resembles human-human interaction to an increasing extent. Consequently, besides the well-established scientific perspectives in the field (data and engineering science, psychology), disciplines, which have established a treasure of knowledge on humans and their “functional principles” are becoming valuable sources of knowledge (e.g. social sciences, humanities). The present workshop wants to (1) connect researchers from various scientific fields to (2) collect theoretical and methodological approaches potentially relevant for the analysis and the understanding of speech-based technology and to (3) analyze possible conceptual and methodological overlaps. To account for the limited body of literature in this area, the workshop focuses on (4) a written synopsis of the different scientific perspectives on speech-based technology.

Important Dates

AI-Debate Workshop Day: Sept. 27, 2021

extended: 11 June 2021

Position paper submission deadline

27 June, 2021

Acceptance Notification

19 July, 2021

Submission of camera ready papers with revisions

20 September, 2021

Submit final Presentations

27 September, 2021

Day of Workshop


Time Content Working Mode Aim
09:00 - 10:00 Opening & Introduction of participants Plenum  
10:00 - 11:30 1st round: presentations What we know and how Plenum Collecting Dots
  Presentation by each participant, answering question 1+2    
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break   Connecting researchers
12:00 - 13:00 2nd round: presentations What I want to learn Plenum Collecting Dots
  Presentation by each participant, answering question 3+4    
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break    
14:00 - 15:30 Teamwork Small Groups Organizing Dots
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break   Connecting researchers
15:45 - 16:30 Teamwork: presentations Plenum Organizing Dots
16:30 - 17:30 Conclusion, Wrap up, Next Steps Plenum  


The idea of the present workshop is to widen the perspective on human-technology interaction by bringing together researchers from different scientific areas currently rarely represented in the field. The workshop focuses on four main aims:

  1. Connecting researchers from different backgrounds
  2. Collecting theoretical and methodological approaches from the range of scientific disciplines
  3. Analyzing possible conceptual and methodological overlaps and cross connections.
  4. Writing a synopsis of the different scientific perspectives contributing on speech-based technology (post-workshop timeline)

Participants are encouraged to submit position papers of about 1-3 pages (including references + an optional 4th page for references) using the ACM template. All Position papers have to be uploaded via the easychair system and will be reviewed by the Workshop Committee.

Structure of Your Position Paper: Five Questions

Your position paper should explicitly cover the following questions:

  • What do I know already?
    • Here, we ask for your perspective, for your understanding, your idea of (a certain facet of) speech-based technology; the theories and concepts you refer to in your research.
  • How do I study the phenomenon?
    • We ask for the methodological approaches, you apply to study (a certain facet of) speech-based technology.
  • What I would like to know?
    • We invite you to share the open questions that motivate your research and the future directions or your plans for your research activities.
  • What do I want to learn from different disciplines?
    • As you will meet researchers from other disciplines, we encourage you to think about specific theoretical or methodological approaches from other disciplines that could help you to gain deeper insights and a better understanding of the phenomenon you study.
  • What do I want to teach other disciplines?
    • Completing the question before, you present specific theoretical or methodological approaches from your discipline, which you regard as an additional, valuable source of knowledge for the other disciplines.

After the position paper is accepted - Preparation for the workshop

Notifications of acceptance will be sent on June 18, 2021. When accepted, participants are encouraged to prepare two short presentations (not longer than 5 minutes each), contributing to two rounds of presentation within the workshop. The presentations cover the answers given in the position paper:

1st presentation: What we know and how do we know (answering question 1 + 2)

2st presentation: What I want to learn (answering question 3 + 4 + 5)

Attending the Workshop

Details about the virtual attendance will follow.

After the workshop - Preparation of a written workshop synopsis

As a result of the workshop, we want to compile the results in the form of a written synopsis. The final realization of this synopsis is not fixed yet but will be brought up to discussion in the workshop. One possible option could be conference proceedings incorporating the (modified) position papers in the form of an edited volume or edited book, which presents the multiple scientific perspectives contributing to a deeper understanding of speech-based technology.


The proceedings of the 2021 AI-Debate workshop are available at: https://opendata.uni-halle.de//handle/1981185920/38717

Cite them as: A. Carolus, C. Wienrich and I. Siegert: 1st AI-DEbate Workshop : workshop establishing An InterDisciplinary pErspective on speech-BAsed TEchnology : Magdeburg, September, 27 2021, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25673/38471, 2021

Nutzungslizenz: CC BY-SA 4.0

Organizers and Contact

Astrid Carolus, Julius-Maximilians-University, Wuerzburg

Carolin Wienrich, Julius-Maximilians-University, Wuerzburg

Ingo Siegert, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany