Call: Contextual Collaboration: Where Automation and People Meet – COOP 2016 Workshop

Contextual Collaboration: Where Automation and People Meet

in conjunction with COOP 2016

May 23rd, 2016
Trento, Italy

Workshop Website:

Important dates:

  • March 26th, 2016: Submission of Position Papers
  • March 31st, 2016: Notification of acceptance
  • April 22nd, 2016: Camera-ready version
  • May 23rd, 2016: Workshop at COOP


This day-long workshop will focus on collaboration with autonomous systems and in automated environments. Due to trends towards autonomous driving and smart industrial automation (e.g., Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems), people are more and more surrounded by (semi-) autonomous systems. The way people collaborate with each other in these automated environments or with autonomous systems and how they experience the interactions is of great interest for researchers and practitioners.

This workshop aims to address these challenges and ambiguities to initiate an in-depth discussion of present and future scenarios (e.g., close collaboration with robotic co-workers, semi-autonomous driving), which are envisioned to highly impact human-human as well as human-system collaboration. The topics of interest include: What can we learn from the various automated contexts and autonomous systems regarding collaboration? What research and design challenges will these contexts or systems introduce? The outcome of the workshop will be a list of challenges provided as a white paper.


We invite researchers and practitioners (e.g., designers) across disciplines, who share an interest regarding automated environments and (semi-) autonomous systems with regards to collaboration, to submit a position paper on one or more of the following topics (or related to them):

Impact of Modern Automation Technology on Collaboration

  • What privacy, safety, or security issues relate to collaboration in automated environments or with (semi-) autonomous systems?
  • Which roles and tasks may users have in automated environments and with (semi-) autonomous systems? What do these roles and tasks imply for collaboration? (e.g., human in the loop or joint interaction; human-human interaction or human-machine collaboration)
  • What aspects of the users’ experience are affecting collaboration? (e.g., trust, joy of use, etc.)
  • How do users experience collaboration via and with (semi-) autonomous systems?

Methodology, Measurements and Design Techniques

  • Which challenges impede investigating collaboration in (semi-) autonomous contexts (e.g., regarding methods and measures)?
  • Which methods and measures are appropriate?

System Design that Fosters Collaboration

  • Which challenges and constraints does interaction design face when designing for collaboration in (semi-) autonomous environments?
  • What interaction paradigms are appropriate or needed to support collaboration in automated environments and with (semi-) autonomous systems? (e.g., speech and gaze interfaces, multi-touch, haptic, gestures, situated displays)?


Please submit a position paper (from 2 to 4 pages max. 2000 words according to the Springer template – available at until March 26, 2016 to

The workshop organizers will review the position papers. The submissions will be selected according to their relevance, insights, as well as their potential to stimulate discussion.

All accepted contributions (notifications will be sent out on March 31st, 2016) will be made available on the workshop website to allow participants to prepare for the workshop.


  • Nicole Perterer, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Verena Fuchsberger, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg & AIT, Austria
  • Astrid Weiss, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Volker Wulf, University of Siegen, Germany
  • Klaus Bengler, Technical University of Munich, Germany


For more details, check the workshop website:

Questions, comments, and position papers should be sent to


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