Decepticon: International Conference on Deceptive Behavior

Call for papers

We are proud to present DECEPTICON 2015 – International Conference on Deceptive Behavior, to be held 24-26 August 2015 at the University of Cambridge, UK. Decepticon brings together researchers, practitioners, and like-minded individuals with a taste for interdisciplinary science in the detection and prevention of deception.

We are organising two panel sessions; one on Future Directions in Lie Detection Research with Aldert Vrij, Par-Anders Granhag, Steven Porter and Timothy Levine, and one on Technology Assisted Lie Detection with Jeff Hancock, Judee Burgoon, Bruno Verschuere and Giorgio Ganis. We broadly and warmly welcome people with varying scientific backgrounds. To cover the diversity of approaches to deception research, our scientific committee members are experts in fields from psychology to computer science, and from philosophy to behavioral economics. For example, scientific committee members from the University of Cambridge are Ross Anderson, Nicholas Humphrey, Peter Robinson and Sophie Van Der Zee.

We strongly encourage practitioners, academics and students alike to submit abstracts that touch on the topic of deception. The extended deadline for abstract submissions (max. 300 words) for an oral, panel or poster presentation is 8 APRIL 2015. Interested in attending, but don’t feel like presenting? You can register for the conference here.

Please visit our webpage for more information. We are happy to answer any questions!

We hope to see you in Cambridge,



7 thoughts on “Decepticon: International Conference on Deceptive Behavior

  1. Surely there are situations in which (temporary) deception is justifiable? (There’s even a case in the Bible.) In that light, isn’t it one-sided to focus on “the detection and prevention of deception”? Doesn’t this risk becoming an “anti-privacy” conference?

  2. Dear Nick,

    You’re right. In normal life, lying can serve as a social glue and is actually quite useful. Look what happened to Jim Carrey in Liar Liar when he was speaking the truth (and whatever came to his mind) all day; he alienated most people. Also, under certain circumstances, keeping information to yourself can be as important as being truthful is under other circumstances. But in some situations, not knowing the truth can have large negative consequences.

    Over the years, deception researchers have taken different angles and studied a wide variety of deception related topics. For example, Bella DePaulo has studied everyday lying into detail in the nineties, also the benefits associated with such behaviour. And Robert Trivers (member of our scientific committee) has written many papers and a book on the benefits of self-deception, and how that makes us more successful in life. On the other hand, forensic psychologists have predominantly focused on lying during police interviews and lying about future events/intentions, which is useful for border control screening. And behavioural economists are often interested in cheating and stealing, for example in a corporate environment. That are a few examples of different sub disciplines within deception research. Some view lying as positive, others as negative, but it’s usually context dependent.

    We aim to cover these different different angles during this conference, including the balance between security and privacy. If you want to make sure this is covered, why don’t you submit an abstract (deadline 1 april) and give a talk or a panel discussion about this topic? I think it’s a good discussion to have.

    Kind regards,

    1. I’m just working on an abstract on this very topic! Hope to have it with you by the weekend.

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