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SYMBIOTIC 2017 : The Sixth International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction


When Dec 18, 2017 - Dec 19, 2017
Where Eidhoven, The Netherlands
Submission Deadline Sep 30, 2017
Notification Due Oct 30, 2017
Final Version Due Nov 30, 2017

Call For Papers

The Sixth International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction 2017
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
December 18-19, 2017

Deadlines: All submission categories share the same deadline (September 30, 2017)


The International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction collects research and discussion on the changing nature of the relationship between computer systems and humans to explore novel forms of cooperation. Traditionally there has been a clear boundary between the user and the computing system, computers served user’s goals as tools or services, and the interaction was mostly governed by explicit input from users. These tenets are changing rapidly as it might be more difficult to separate human, organisational and computer technology, goals of a computer driven services might be different from the ones of the user/s, and the interaction might be governed by a synergy,the relationship is governed by implicit interaction more than explicit user input. Increasingly, solutions are available to implicitly (even subliminally) detect the user’s goals, preferences or/and psycho-physiological states and to modify computer output accordingly. This represents a step forward in the continuous attempt to facilitate users in their activity, yet also raises new issues, including ethics ones.

This workshop is a venue to present novel work in adaptive systems, physiological computing and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) in this area, collective systems, cyber physical systems but especially to discuss the rationales and implications of such kind of relationship, which - provokingly - is called 'symbiotic'. Research on non-human animal behavior would be off-topic in this workshop.

This year the International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction will be held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, after successful editions in Padua, Helsinki, London and Berlin. It will take place on the Monday and Tuesday December 18 and 19, 2017 and will be hosted by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). 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
-Ethical issues and responsibilities (transparency, control, profiling, agency, …)
-Symbiotic individual and collective behavior and structures
-Applications of symbiotic interaction (traffic, work and organizations, security, …)
-Neuroadaptive technology
-Transparent visualizations and feedback
-Symbiosis and persuasion
-Decoding of psycho-physiological state from neural signals
-Intelligent assistants using implicit data
-Recommender systems using implicit data
-Modeling user’s affective states
-Data analysis techniques for revealing implicit information for brain signals
-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

The proceedings will be published by Springer, in the Lecture Notes on Computer Science series (LNCS).

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: September 30, 2017
Decision Notification: October 30, 2017
Submission of final papers: November 30, 2017

============TYPES OF CONTRIBUTIONS============
Contributions can be long (12 pages) or short papers (6 pages). The program committee will decide, based on reviews, whether to consider the submitted papers for oral presentation or for poster/demo presentation. 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.
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 proposers 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: Through the conference website. Registration of one of the authors by November 15, 2017 is required in order for the paper to be included in the proceedings.

For questions about the conference, please contact: Jaap Ham --

============ORGANIZATION ============
General chair
Jaap Ham, Eindhoven, University of Technology
Anna Spagnolli, University of Padua, Italy

Program chairs
Luciano Gamberini, University of Padua, Italy

Giulio Jacucci, University of Helsinki, Finland
Benjamin Blankertz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Web Chair
Sitwat Langrial, Sur University College, Oman

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