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SYMBIOTIC 2016 : Fifth International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction


When Sep 29, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016
Where Padua, Italy
Submission Deadline TBD

Call For Papers

==SYMBIOTIC 2016 - The 5th International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction==

- confirmed keynote speakers: Hans Gellersen (Lancaster University), Sid Kouider (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris)
- ethics panel with international experts (Aimee van Wynsberghe from Responsible Robotics and Twente University; representative from the European Privacy Association)
- doctoral consortium with prominent figures and DC award
- best paper award
- deadline, common to all categories: 15 June

The International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction collects research and discussion on the nature of the human relation with computers now that increasing solutions are available to implicitly (even subliminally) detect the users’ goals, preferences or/and psycho-physiological states and to modify a computer output accordingly. This characteristic represents a step forward in the continuous attempt to facilitate users in their activity, yet at the same time raises new issues, including ethic ones. This workshop is a venue to present novel works in adaptive systems, physiological computing and BCI in this area, but especially to discuss the rationales and implications of such kind of relationship, which - provokingly - is called 'symbiotic'.

This year the International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction comes back to Padua (Italy) after other successful editions in London, Helsinki and Berlin. It will take place on the 29th and 30th of September 2016 and will be hosted by the Human Inspired Technology Research center of the University of Padua ( The keynote speakers will deal with some of the research topics that stand at the fore-front in designing and imagining this kind of symbiotic interaction: HANS GELLERSEN from Lancaster University will illustrate novel interaction methods based on spontaneous interaction across devices and eye movements; SID KOUIDER from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris will unravel the functional and physiological correlated of conscious and unconscious processes. Their speeches are linked to a PANEL ON ETHICS included in the program, where a set of cases epitomizing legal, ethical and philosophical issues of symbiotic technology will be dealt with by experts to provide guidelines and solutions.

The rest of the program will be based on oral presentations, poster and demo sessions, and a doctoral consortium. Submissions of any category are welcome on the following topics (and more):

- Multimodal input for symbiotic systems
- Design and evaluation approaches: relevant dimensions for designing and evaluating a usable and satisfactory symbiotic system
- Context-aware and user-aware adaptive solutions
- Ethic issues and responsibilities (transparency, control, profiling, agency, …)
- Symbiotic individual and collective behavior and structures
- Applications of symbiotic interaction (traffic, work and organizations, security, …)
- Transparent visualizations and feedback
- Symbiosis and persuasion
- Intelligent assistants using implicit data
- Recommender systems using implicit data
- Modeling users' affective states
- Prediction of users' goals and information relevance
- User models in collective symbiotic systems
- User's perception of adaptive systems and intelligent interfaces: trust, blame, performance, facilitation
- Symbiosis in assistive technologies

All submission categories share the same deadline (June 15th - 2016)

The proceedings will be published by Springer, in the Lecture Notes on Computer Science series. Posters, demos and doctoral consortium abstracts will be published in an additional book with ISBN by a different publisher.

A best paper award will be granted to one of the works presented at the conference.
Works presented at the Doctoral Consortium will be considered for the DC award.

============IMPORTANT DATES ===============
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016
Decision Notification July 10, 2016
Submission of final papers: July 28, 2016

============TYPES OF CONTRIBUTIONS============

Contributions can be long (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages). The program committee will decide, based on the reviews, whether to consider the submitted papers for oral presentation or for poster/demo presentation. Papers accepted as oral presentations will be included in the Springer book of proceedings. Papers accepted as posters or demos and doctoral consortium abstracts will be published in adjunct proceedings with different ISBN number and publisher.

All papers must present original, innovative, and forward-looking research and are to be submitted through All submission files must be anonymized in order to have a double blind review process. Authors’ info and acknowledgments will be inserted later on the camera ready versions of accepted papers. PhD students participating in the Doctoral Consortium (see below) can also submit their work as a long/short paper, if properly extended.

The Doctoral Consortium (DC) is a special session of the conference where a limited number of PhD students in the early phases of their research can receive advice in a constructive and informal atmosphere. Students present and discuss their research with other PhD students and a panel of established researchers. Students interested in participating in the Doctoral Consortium should submit a 2-page abstract (plus references) in Springer LNCS format but without the typical sections of a paper submission; it is important to describe the research questions, the project position with respect to the state of the art, the research plans and methodology, as well as the ideas and results achieved so far. Accepted abstracts will be included in the adjunct conference proceedings.

***Among all doctoral projects presented in the consortium, one will be selected as Best DC paper.***

PhD students participating in the DC can also submit their work as a long/short paper, if properly extended.

All submissions need to follow the Springer formatting guidelines.
Latex templates can be found here:
Word templates can be found here:

Registration: 100€ (students: 50€) from the conference website, by September 15.
Registration of one of the authors is required in order for the paper to be included in the proceedings.

For queries about the conference, please contact: - symbiotic2016[at]
============ORGANIZATION ============
General chairs
Luciano Gamberini, University of Padua, Italy
Anna Spagnolli, University of Padua, Italy

Program chairs
Luciano Gamberini, University of Padua, Italy
Anna Spagnolli, University of Padua, Italy
Giulio Jacucci, University of Helsinki, Finland
Benjamin Blankertz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Jonathan Freeman, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

Scientific committee (to be completed)
Ilkka Arminen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Fabio Babiloni, University of Rome Sapienza and BrainSigns Srl, Rome, Italy
Benjamin Blankertz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Marc Cavazza, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK
Mauro Conti, University of Padua, Italy
Manuel Eugster, Aalto University, Denmark
Stephen Fairclough, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
Jonathan Freeman, Goldsmiths University, London, UK
Luciano Gamberini, University of Padua, Italy
Dorota Glowacka, University of Helsinki, Finland
Giulio Jacucci, University of Helsinki, Finland
David Kirsh, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
Christian Licoppe, Department of Social Science, Telecom Paristech, France
Peter König, Institute of Cognitive Science, University Osnabrück, Denmark
Juan C. Moreno, Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Anna Spagnolli, University of Padua, Italy
Markus Wenzel, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Web chair
Baris Serim, University of Helsinki, Finland

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