HCAIE 2023 – Second International Conference on Human-Centred AI Ethics: Seeing the Human in the Artificial

Conference programme

Day 1 – Thursday, November 23rd 2023

Day 2 – Friday, November 24th 2023

Aims and scope

Artificial intelligence and other new technologies are entering everyone’s daily lives at a pace that barely allows for reflection on the potential consequences of their use, let alone thinking about how these systems will evolve in the future. The development and use of such advanced technological systems today raises important questions that require an interdisciplinary approach to addressing them. 

The goal of this conference is to promote interdisciplinary dialog in a variety of fields in addressing the many challenges posed by AI and other emerging technologies. We would like for this conference to provide contributions that will not just analyse the AI landscape but also raise awareness and provide insightful, empowering ideas on how to fruitfully live in tomorrow’s AI-augmented world while preserving the full spectrum of our humanity. We welcome contributions from various domains such as, but not limited to:

  • Philosophy: The question of intentionality — Can a machine have a mind, a consciousness? Machine intelligence: Is it possible for machines to solve problems using intelligence in the same way as humans? Limits to machine intelligence. Artificial Intelligence and the Body: is the body fundamental for intelligence? Machine ethics: can machines be dangerous to humans? How can scientists ensure that machines behave ethically?
  • Theology: Discussion of the implications of AI and new technologies for the doctrine of the imago Dei, human creativity, and the concept of providence. Theological anthropology perspectives on the ethical questions these technologies raise for human freedom, human work, and community.
  • Computer Science: Investigating the lack of transparency of AI tools: AI decisions are not always comprehensible to humans. AI is not neutral: AI-based decisions are prone to inaccuracies, discriminatory outcomes, embedded or inserted biases. Surveillance practices for data collection and user privacy.
  • Perspectives on the ethical challenges that AI brings to other fields such as law, healthcare, economy, sociology, etc.

All abstracts on topics related to AI ethics and the challenges of new technologies, as described above, are welcome. The organizers encourage a diversity of approaches and perspectives, so participants may come from many different scientific fields and address a very broad range of ethical challenges to which they wish to draw attention. Up to twelve participants will be selected for inclusion in the conference program. Publication of the conference proceedings is planned in the form of a collection of scientific essays. Speakers will receive instructions for submitting the full papers by the end of November 2023.

Call for papers

The deadline for submitting your contribution for review is November 5th, 2023.

Submissions should include the title of your presentation, a short abstract (in English, up to 300 words), your affiliation, e-mail address, academic title and position.

Authors will be notified of the results of the review process by November 8th.

You can submit your abstract using our online submission interface: https://ethics-ai.eu/hcaie-2023-submission/

Alternatively, you can submit the abstract (and also direct any questions you might have) to Jonas Miklavčič at jonas.miklavcic@teof.uni-lj.si

Date and venue

The conference will be held on the 23rd and 24th of November 2023, at the Cukrarna gallery, Poljanski nasip 40, in the center of Ljubljana.

Cukrarna gallery is one of the cultural landmarks of Ljubljana, having a rich history behind it: by the mid-19th century is was the biggest sugar refinery in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and for nearly two centuries it held the status as Ljubljana’s biggest building.

The conference will take place in the Cukrarna Gallery conference room. On both days, the program will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM.

Each lecture will last 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of Q&A); keynote lectures will last 30 minutes (followed by 15 minutes of Q&A). Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided for all presenters on both days.

Keynote speakers

Rev. Prof. Wilhelm Dancă, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Dean of the Faculty of Roman-Catholic Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania

Marko Grobelnik, AI researcher, co-head of the Department for Artificial Intelligence at Jožef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Digital Champion of Slovenia at European Commission.


Organisers of the conference are the Centre for Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence and Ethics of New Technologies and the Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana.

The event is organised as part of the Theological, Philosophical and Ethical Challenges of Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies project, co-funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion (University of Oxford), and as part of the ARIS project J6-4626 Theology, Digital Culture and the Challenges of Artificial Intelligence.

Organizing committee:

  • dr. Janez Vodičar
  • dr. Vojko Strahovnik
  • dr. Octavian-Mihai Machidon
  • Jonas Miklavčič