Call: Respecting Human Autonomy through Human-Centered AI – NordiCHI 2020 workshop

Call for Participation

Respecting Human Autonomy through Human-Centered AI
multidisciplinary workshop at NordiCHI 2020
October 25th or 26th (will be confirmed in August)
Location: Talinn, Estonia (or possibly virtual)
Workshop website:

Deadline for submissions: 28th August, 2020

NOTE: Owing to the current circumstances related to Covid -19, the conference organizers will make a decision about having a physical conference or a virtual conference. This workshop will follow the guidelines mentioned here- . We will update the information as soon as it is made available to us.

AI is becoming more pervasive in our everyday lives and people are increasingly having to relinquish control and decision-making to “smart” systems. Concurrently, people are confronted with a reduced sense of autonomy as a result of being monitored and guided in their actions by complex and autonomous technologies they do not fully understand or control.

This workshop will deepen and expand the discussion on tensions between human and machine autonomy in AI research. We aim to bring together HCI researchers, designers, engineers, social scientists and policy makers to bring in novel insights and perspectives to the workshop.

In the workshop, participants will get an opportunity to:

  • Identify areas of friction between human and machine autonomy.
  • Raise critical questions and challenges related to respecting human autonomy from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Explore practical everyday scenarios (such as healthcare, driving, e-commerce etc.) and an envisioned future where AI systems could be developed to respect human autonomy.
  • Brainstorm on how practical design approaches can be adapted to AI design, and how novel interaction solutions such as explainable AI can address unresolved challenges.
  • Gain shared understanding from related disciplines and develop practical strategies to address human autonomy issues in AI research.


Participants are expected to submit a short position paper (2-4 pages) using the latest ACM single column format (non-anonyized). The submissions can include early research outcomes, work-in-progress, opinion pieces, suggestions of novel methodologies or even provocations and critical narratives. The organizing and program committees will conduct peerreview for each submission to provide feedback and prepare participants for the workshop. Papers will be selected based on the relevance to the workshop theme, quality, and novel perspectives that they can bring to the workshop.

All submissions can be sent as a PDF to:


Deadline for submissions: 28th August, 2020
Notification of acceptance: 15th September, 2020
The workshop: October 25th or 26th (will be confirmed in August)


Supraja Sankaran,Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology.
Chao Zhang,Department of Psychology, Utrecht University.
Marisela Gutierrez Lopez,Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, City, University of London.
Kaisa Väänänen, Human-Centered Technology, Unit of Computing Sciences, Tampere University.


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