Call: EMPATHY: Empowering People in Dealing with Internet of Things Ecosystems – CM AVI 2020 Workshop

Call for Contributions

ACM AVI 2020 Workshop
EMPATHY: Empowering People in Dealing with Internet of Things Ecosystems
September 29th, 2020
Island of Ischia, Italy

AVI 2020
International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces
Island of Ischia, Italy
September 28 – October 2, 2020 [See this website for note re: COVID-19]

Workshop paper submission deadline: July 1st, 2020


In the last decade, the spreading of low-cost technologies integrating sensors and actuators has favored the development of the so-called smart objects. This trend has been further fostered by the Internet of Things (IoT), which connects the physical world with Internet via ubiquitous sensors and actuators. The opportunities offered by the IoT are amplified by the use of new approaches that, based on novel interaction paradigms, involve directly non-technical users in configuring the joint behavior of their smart objects, among them and with online services.

Existing solutions to define the behavior of such “IoT ecosystems” range from systems that leave the users complete control for establishing the joint behavior of smart objects, to solutions that automatically define smart objects behavior exploiting intelligent techniques. In this continuum, different technologies, frameworks, and approaches present different levels of user control and automation. In this perspective it is also important to consider the emerging role played by social and humanoid robots, which are integrated sets of sensors and actuators with human-like behaviours.


July 1st: Paper submission deadline
July 9th: Paper acceptance notice
July 15th: Camera-ready submission
September 29th: Half-day workshop (morning)


This workshop aims to serve as a venue for discussing ongoing research and sharing ideas for researchers and practitioners working on solutions to personalize the behavior of IoT ecosystems. We aim to encourage participation in order to have stimulating discussion from various perspectives. Topics include, but are not limited, to:

  • End-User Development (EUD) for IoT;
  • Interaction Paradigms for IoT;
  • Usability of IoT Systems;
  • Interface Design for IoT;
  • Intelligent Interface for IoT Systems;
  • Accessibility for IoT Systems;
  • Usable Privacy and Security in IoT systems
  • Personalisation and Recommendations for IoT.


We invite submissions of two types: short papers (3-4 pages) and position papers (1-2 pages). Participants are asked to submit their paper describing their recent or future work in one of the areas indicated in the topics of interest. All submissions must be in the ACM SIGCHI conference format.

Papers should be submitted in PDF to easychair ( All papers will be reviewed by the organizers and by the program committee based on relevance and significance in order to provide constructive comments to the submitters. Reviewing will be single blind (i.e. author names and affiliations should be listed). If accepted, at least one of the authors must register and attend the workshop.


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