Human Computer Confluence Research in Action

FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, Goal 8.4: Human Computer Confluence

Goals: HCC, Human-Computer Confluence, is an ambitious research program studying how the emerging symbiotic relation between humans and computing devices can enable radically new forms of sensing, perception, interaction, and understanding. HCC is set to produce profound technological and social impact. It is also a deeply interdisciplinary field, spanning a wide range of areas: from the cognitive sciences to computer science, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence; from traditional sensor and systems engineering to the development of novel means to interact with any type of information and the exploration of new synthetic senses. The horizontal character of HCC makes it a fascinating and fertile interdisciplinary field, but it can also compromise its growth, with researchers scattered across disciplines and groups worldwide. A coordination activity promoting discipline connect, identity building and integration while defining future research, education and policy directions is needed at the regional, national, European and international level. The goals of this three-year long initiative are:

  1. to stimulate, structure and support the research community, promoting identity building,
  2. to consolidate research agendas with special attention to the interdisciplinary aspects of HCC, producing useful visions and roadmaps to support the construction of an HCC ERA-NET,
  3. enhance the Public Understanding of HCC and foster the early contact of researchers with high-tech SMEs and other industry players
  4. establish guidelines for the definition of new educational curricula to prepare the next generation of HCC researchers.

HC2 will achieve its objectives by creating a participative central information point for all stakeholders and by using a working methodology based on active community participation and Events (2 summer schools, 2 research agenda road-mapping mini-workshops, an HCC ERA-NET event with funding agencies, and a HCC socioeconomic impact workshop).

Online White Book:

Visions Workshop:


Funding: EU FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive

Duration: 2010 - 2013

Driver-vehicle confluence or how to control your car in future?
Human Computer Confluence: The Next Generation Humans and Computers Research Agenda, Editors: Alois Ferscha, Th. Sc. Community, pp. 60-62, 3 pages, ISBN: 978-3-200-03344-3, November 2013.
I. Viaud-Delmon, A. Gaggioli, A. Ferscha, S. Dunne
Human computer confluence applied in healthcare and rehabilitation
Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2012, Editors: Wiederhold B.K., Riva G., Vol. 181, 4 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61499-120-5, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-121-2-42, September 2012.
I. Viaud-Delmon, A. Gaggioli, A. Ferscha, S. Dunne
Human computer confluence applied in healthcare and rehabilitation
CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation Magazine, Editors: Brenda K. Wiederhold,, Virtual Reality Medical Institute, 1200 Brussels, Belgium, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 13-16, 4 pages, ISSN: 2031-278, April 2012.
P. Lukowicz, A. Pentland, A. Ferscha
From Context Awareness to Socially Aware Computing
IEEE Pervasive Computing, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 32-41, January 2012.
20 Years Past Weiser: What's Next?
IEEE Pervasive Computing, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 52-61, January 2012.
Wearable Displays for Everyone!
IEEE Pervasive Computing, Editors: Paul Lukowicz, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 7-10, January 2010.