Call: Eighth International Workshop on Human Aspects in Ambient Intelligence (HAI ‘ 14)

Call for Papers:



Warsaw, Poland, August 11, 2014

Workshop at the International Conference on Active Media Technology (AMT’14)

(Proceedings will be published by Springer in their LNCS series)


Recent developments within Ambient Intelligence provide new possibilities to contribute to personal care. For example, our car may monitor us and warn us when we are falling asleep while driving or take measures when we are too drunk to drive. As another example, an elderly person may wear a device that monitors his or her wellbeing and offers support when a dangerous situation is noticed. Such applications can be realised partly because of advances in acquiring sensor information about humans and their functioning. However, their full realisation depends crucially on the availability of adequate knowledge for analysis of such information about human functioning. If such knowledge about human functioning is computationally available within devices in the environment, these systems can show more human-like understanding and contribute to personal care based on this understanding. In recent years, scientific areas focusing on human functioning such as cognitive science, psychology, social sciences, neuroscience and biomedical sciences have made substantial progress in providing an increased insight in the various physical and mental aspects of human functioning. Although much work still remains to be done, models have been developed for a variety of such aspects and the way in which humans (try to) manage or regulate them. Examples of biomedical aspects are (management of) heart functioning, diabetes, eating regulation disorders, and HIV-infection. Examples of psychological and social aspects are emotion regulation, emotion contagion, attention regulation, addiction management, trust management, and stress management. If models of human processes and their management are represented in a formal and computational format, and incorporated in the human environment in systems that monitor the physical and mental state of the human, then such ambient systems are able to perform a more in-depth analysis of the human’s functioning. An ambience is created that has a human-like understanding of humans, based on computationally formalised knowledge from the human-directed disciplines, and that may be more effective in assisting humans by offering support in a knowledgeable manner that may improve their wellbeing and/or performance, without reducing them in their freedom. This may concern elderly people, medical patients, but also humans in highly demanding circumstances or tasks. For example, to help coordinate the evacuation of large crowds in case of an emergency, or to optimise the performance of teams in sports or in organisations. The HAI workshop seeks contributions from any area on the intersection of Ambient/Artificial Intelligence and human-directed disciplines such as psychology, social science, neuroscience and biomedical sciences. For more details, see the areas of interest.


This workshop on Human Aspects in Ambient Intelligence (HAI) is the eighth of a series that began in 2007. The HAI workshop series focuses on applied and theoretical research in the intersection of Ambient and Artificial Intelligence on the one hand and human-directed disciplines (such as psychology, social science, neuroscience and biomedical sciences) on the other hand. The aim is to bring people together from these disciplines, as well as researchers working on cross connections of Artificial and Ambient Intelligence with these disciplines. The emphasis is on the use of knowledge from these disciplines in ‘ambient’ applications, in order to support humans in their daily living in medical, psychological and social respects. The workshop series plays an important role, for example, to get modellers in the psychological, neurological, social or biomedical disciplines interested in Ambient Intelligence as a high-potential application area for their models, and, for example, get inspiration for problem areas to be addressed for further developments in their disciplines. From the other side, the workshop may make researchers in Ambient Intelligence, Agent Systems, and Artificial Intelligence more aware of the possibilities to incorporate more substantial knowledge from the psychological, neurological, social and biomedical disciplines in Ambient Intelligence applications.


Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • human-aware computing
  • computational modelling of cognitive, neurological, social and biomedical processes for Ambient Intelligence
  • modelling emotion and mood and their regulation modelling contagion of mental states (e.g., beliefs, intentions, or emotions)
  • social awareness modelling
  • collecting and analysing histories of behaviour computational modelling of mindreading, theory of mind building profiles; user modelling in Ambient Intelligence sensoring; e.g., tracking physiological states, gaze, body movements, gestures
  • sensor information integration methods
  • analysis of sensor information; e.g., voice and skin analysis with respect to emotional states, gesture analysis, heart rate analysis
  • environmental modelling
  • situational awareness
  • serious gaming and ambient intelligence
  • virtual reality and virtual humans
  • model-based reasoning and analysis techniques for Ambient Intelligence
  • responsive and adaptive systems; machine learning
  • cognitive agent models
  • reflective ambient agent architectures
  • multi-agent system architectures for Ambient Intelligence applications
  • human interaction with devices wearable devices for ambient health and wellness monitoring brain-computer interfacing
  • analysis and design of applications to care for humans in need of support for physical and mental health; e.g., elderly or psychiatric care, surveillance, penitentiary care, humans in need of strucural medical or psychological care, support for psychotherapeutical/self-help communities
  • analysis and design of applications to support humans in demanding circumstances and tasks, such as warfare officers, air traffic controllers, crisis and disaster managers, humans in space missions
  • evaluation studies
  • handling aspects of privacy and security
  • philosophical, ethical, and political aspects of Ambient Intelligence aspects


Submission should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS template, and should not exceed 10 pages. To submit a paper to the workshop, see: Accepted workshop papers will be published in the AMT conference proceedings by Springer Verlag, in their LNCS Series.


For every accepted paper at least one author has to register for the AMT 2014 conference. There is no separate workshop registration fee (i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).


  • Submission deadline: March 23, 2014
  • Notification: May 11, 2014
  • Camera ready papers: May 18, 2014
  •  Workshop: August 11, 2014


Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University London, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, UK)
Tibor Bosse (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Agent Systems Research Group, Netherlands)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (CNR Rome, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy)
Diane Cook (Washington State University, USA)
Mark Neerincx (TNO Human Factors; Technical University Delft, Man-Machine Interaction, Netherlands)
Fariba Sadri (Imperial College, Department of Computing, UK)


Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University London, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, UK)
Marc Bohlen (State University of New York, USA)
Tibor Bosse (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Agent Systems Research Group, Netherlands)
Antonio Camurri (University of Genoa, InfoMus Lab, Italy)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (CNR Rome, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy)
Diane Cook (Washington State University, USA)
Hao-Hua Chu (National Taiwan University, Ubicomp Lab, Taiwan)
Rino Falcone (CNR Rome, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy)
Aart van Halteren (Philips Research, Consumer Electronics, Netherlands)
Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, Human Media Interaction, Netherlands)
Peter Leijdekkers (University of Technology Sydney, Mobile Ubiquitous Services & Technologies Group, Australia)
Paul Lukowicz (Austrian University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria)
Peter-Paul van Maanen (TNO, Department of Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Netherlands)
Silvia Miksch (Danube University Krems, Department of Information and Knowledge Engineering, Austria)
Stuart Moran (University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science, UK)
Neelam Naikar  (Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Centre for Cognitive Work and Safety Analysis, Australia)
Tatsuo Nakajima  (Waseda University, Distributed and Ubiquitous Computing Lab, Japan)
Mark Neerincx  (TNO Human Factors; Technical University Delft, Man-Machine Interaction, Netherlands)
Toyoaki Nishida  (Kyoto University, Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Japan)
Pedro A. Nogueira (University of Porto, AI and Computer Science Lab, Portugal)
Steffen Pauws (Philips Research Europe, Media Interaction Department, Netherlands)
Christian Peter (Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria; Fraunhofer IGD, Rostock, Germany)
Nitendra Rajput (IBM Research, Telecom Research Innovation Center, India)
Peter Roelofsma (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ambient Assisted Living Group, Netherlands)
Tomasz M. Rutkowski (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Fariba Sadri (Imperial College, Department of Computing, UK)
Maarten Sierhuis (NASA Ames Research Center, Human-Centered Computing, USA)
WenZhan Song (Georgia State University, Department of Computer Science)
Ron Sun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cognitive Science Department, USA)
Bruce H. Thomas (University of South Australia Mawson Lakes, Wearable Computer Lab, Australia)
Jan Treur (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Agent Systems Research Group, Netherlands)


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