Call: International Workshop on Human-Engaged Computing (IWHEC) 2021

Call for Participation

International Workshop on Human-Engaged Computing (IWHEC) 2021
March 19 – 20, 2021 and Affiliated Forum, March 21, 2021

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The international workshop on Human-Engaged Computing (IWHEC 2021) focuses on rethinking the relationship between humans and computers. The workshop will be convened online via ZOOM and it will be open to all audiences around the world through webcasts and/or live-streaming platforms.

The aim of this workshop is to rethink the relationship between humans and computers. The workshop will strive to achieve a common platform to advance various idea exchanges around the world, resulting in the evolution of a stronger workforce in order to create a better world to live in. We are inviting distinguished speakers from around the world and from several domains such as human-computer interaction, brain science, computer science, AI, engaged human, engaging technology, design so on.

Covid-19 has significantly impacted the lives of every person on the planet. Much of the world that was familiar to most people is in pause mode. People are ordered to stay at home in order to save lives by slowing the spread of the deadly virus. Fortunately, with the fast development of computing technologies and digital services, along with the rapid construction of information infrastructures, people are able to source information from television media, radio broadcasts, social media, and various Internet avenues. Technologies are playing a central, critical, and arguably indispensable role in our daily lives during the pandemic. But the new efficiencies afforded by new technologies is a two-edged sword, and it is capable of healing or harming human relationships, human integrity and human enterprises. For example, efficient private and personal access to information, accessible publishing, and new modes of social interaction open the door to the dissemination of fake news, to trolling, to prejudiced opinions and to undue influence that overwhelms and confuses people more efficiently than ever before. On the other hand, responses to such threats seem to invite despotic intrusions into privacy and the potential diminishment of the right to personal opinions and personal expression. Thus, besides dealing with the relationship between humans and computers under consideration of the human future in general, the workshop also seeks to suggest how researchers who work on the relationship between humans and computers can help develop and enhance the user’s ability to distinguish between inauthentic and authentic information during and after the current crisis.

INVITED SPEAKERS (More details at

Jonathan Grudin, Microsoft Research
Engaging with a Virtual Companion

Gilbert Cockton, University of Sunderland
Engaging Humanities with Worthwhile Computing

Hong Z. Tan, Purdue University
The Science and Art of Conveying Information through Touch for Human-Engaged Computing

Gloria Mark, University of California, Irvine
47 Seconds of Focus: Distractions, Stress and Productivity in our Digital Experience

Anirudha Joshi, IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, India
Designing for and with Emergent Users

Miwako Doi, NICT
Interaction with Data-driven Society

Kazuhisa Shibata, RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Perceptual and Cognitive Changes Induced by Decoded Neurofeedback

Abhishek Gupta, Montreal AI Ethics Institute
Designing for Humans: Getting Responsible AI in Practice

Fang You, Tongji University
Design Guidelines for the Size and Length of Chinese Characters Displayed in the Intelligent Vehicle’s Central Console Interface

Jian Zhao, University of Waterloo
Support Effective Decision Making by Engaging Humans with Predictive Models via Interactive Visualization

Johanna Schmidt, VRVis Research-GmbH
Data visualization literacy as a key for data understanding

Ying-Qing Xu, Tsinghua University
Social Responsibility of Design Innovation


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