Call: Computational Cognitive Models for Human-Automated Vehicle Interaction – IJHCS special issue

Call for Papers

Special issue: Computational Cognitive Models for Human-Automated Vehicle Interaction
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Submission deadlines:

  • September 30, 2022: 1-page letter of intent (optional)
  • December 31, 2022: Complete submissions

This special issue is focused on the development, evaluation, and discussion of computational cognitive models of human-automated vehicle interaction. The capabilities of automated vehicles are rapidly increasing and change human interaction with the vehicle. Yet, at the same time, fully automated vehicles that do not require human interaction are not available. Therefore, systems are needed in which the human and the vehicle interact together. Computational cognitive models that can describe, predict, and/or anticipate human behavior and thought can play a crucial role in this regard. Such models can for example inform designers about potential human states and the consequences of interface design for safety, aid the vehicle in anticipating human actions (e.g., anticipating levels of attention or trust), and aid research in better understanding how theories of human behavior and thought apply (or do not fit with) observations in applied field. Cognitive models are developed in many fields including cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. We hope that our special issue will collect submissions from researchers from these and many other fields. To constrain the type of models, our special issue focuses on models of human behavior and thought. This contrasts with other model approaches such as deep learning models that are used to train a car, and that do not consider (extensively) the role of human cognition. An even more detailed description of the topic can be found on our special issue website:


Articles must be based on original research, although extended versions of published conference papers may be acceptable if they contain at least 50% new material. IJHCS likes to publish concrete research contributions with a user-centric and/or engineering element. All submissions should have an explicit connection to both human-automated vehicle interaction AND computational cognitive modeling. For human-automated vehicle interaction, various levels of automation can be considered (e.g., SAE Levels 1-5). For computational cognitive modeling, the model should be a model that captures aspects of human behavior or thought. Articles can have a focus on empirical, design, or theoretical aspects.

Within the field of human-automated vehicle interaction various topics might be of interest, as long as they connect to human-automated vehicle interaction AND computational cognitive modeling. For example, they could address one of these challenges:

  • What phenomena and driving scenarios need to be captured? Such papers would connect computational cognitive models and empirical study results for relevant phenomena, such as: transitions of control, dynamic attention, mental models, mode confusion, training and skill, shared control.
  • What technical capabilities and limitations do computational cognitive models possess that are relevant to the field of human-automated vehicle interaction? For example, compatibility, adaptation, speed of development, and broader adoption.
  • How can computational cognitive models of human-automated vehicle interaction benefit from developments in the field of artificial intelligence, while also avoiding pitfalls? For example, around topics such as explainability, scalability and generalization, and system training and corrective feedback. (note: papers that purely focus on AI models are not suitable for the special issue; there should be a connection to human behavior and thought)
  • How can computational cognitive models of human-automated vehicle interaction inform design, governmental policy, and/or other fields and vice-versa? For example, what are relevant questions and insights from and for these other fields? How can there be better integration of ideas from these fields? How can the models better be integrated in the design process? How can automated vehicles benefit from models?

Other topics are potentially also relevant. Authors that have different ideas and suggestions are highly encouraged to contact the editors to discuss their ideas.


Papers are subject to the regular IJHCS review process (see Our reviewer panel consists of experts in the area of human-automated vehicle interaction and computational cognitive modeling.

Letter of intent: send before 30 September 2022

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to send a letter of intent with a topic outline of up to one page to Chris Janssen ( before 30 September 2022.


All submissions should be formatted according to IJHCS guidelines. Submission will go through the editorial website of IJHCS ( When submitting, select the special issue as the article type (details to follow). Please also indicate in your cover letter that your submission is for the “Computational Cognitive Models for Human-Automated Vehicle Interaction” special issue.

  • 30 September 2022: 1-page letter of intent e-mailed to (encouraged, but optional)
  • 31 December 2022: Complete submissions due via IJHCS submission system
  • April 2023: Author notification (1st review round)
  • July 2023: Revised submissions due
  • 30 September 2023: Author notification (2nd review round)
  • 31 December 2023: Final versions due
  • 2024: publication


See also our section on the Editors.

  • Christian P. Janssen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Martin Baumann, Ulm University, Germany
  • Antti Oulasvirta, Aalto University, Finland


For further information, please check this website, including the Background and FAQ sections. Potential authors can send queries to Christian Janssen,

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