Human-Computer Confluence Research Challenges 2012

HCI research over three decades has shaped a wide spanning research area at the boundaries of computer science and behavioral science, with an impressive outreach to how humankind is experiencing information and communication technologies in literally every breath of an individuals life.

The explosive growth of networks and communications, and at the same time radical miniaturization of ICT electronics have reversed the principles of human computer interaction. Up until now considered as the interaction concerns when humans approach ICT systems, more recent observations see systems approaching humans at the same time. Humans and ICT Systems apparently approach each other confluently.

Human Computer Confluence has been mentioned to become a research priority in "Horizon 2020" (2013-2020), the funding programme of the European Commission that follows after the 7th Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-2013). HC2 VISIONS is a research agenda solicitation action (FP7 FET Project HC2) which may or may not be influential to the FET work programme discussion on new directions in human computer confluence. The HC2 VISIONS workshop invites key experts to pose initial research challenge statements articulated by the scientific community in a crowd sourced solicitation attempt. The goals of the workshop are to shape research challenge statements indicating (i) vision, (ii) research approach and (iii) expected impact of prospective research issues by world leading experts in the field. HC2 VISIONS is accompanied by a web-based white-book initiative at

Call for Participation

HC2 VISIONS is an open dialog and invites interested scientists, researchers as well as industrial stakeholders to participate and actively engage. If you want to present your idea in a 5 min position statement in the HC2 VISIONS dialogue sessions, please send an approx. 400 word summary to by May 9, 2012.

Download CfP [.pdf]

Final Programme

Monday, May 14
President Austrian Computer Society
Opening Remarks HC2
Welcome from HC2 VISIONS
Perception Beyond the Here and Now
Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart
Open Dialogue / Position Statements
(5 min per Position Statement)
Invited Experts
Living in Blended Spaces
David Benyon, interaction Design, Napier University
Towards Socio-Technical Urban Superorganisms
Franco Zambonelli, Università di Modena
Socially Interactive Systems
Paul Lukowicz, DFKI
HC2 Roadmap Panel I - Structuring VISIONS
Tuesday, May 15
Emotionally Intelligent Interfaces
Peter Robinson, University of Cambridge
Invited Experts
Multisensory Internet Communication
Adrian David Cheok, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Tokyo
Mobiles in the Future Internet
Max Mühlhäuser, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Invited Experts (contd.)
Interaction through cognitive prostheses
Ricardo Chavarriaga, EPF Lausanne
From Individual to Collective Attention - Models and Dynamics
Alois Ferscha, Johannes Kepler University of Linz
HC2 Roadmap Panel II - Structuring VISIONS
End of Meeting

Workshop Location

The workshop will be hosted by and is located at the head quarter of the Austrian Computer Society OCG. The objective of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) is the comprehensive and interdisciplinary promotion of information processing, with due regard to its effects on man and society.

Austrian Computer Society (OCG)
Dampfschiffstraße 4, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Phone +43 1 5120235-0

Meeting Room / How to get there

The meeting will be held in “Sitzungssaal” of the OCG. When entering the building you have to register at the front desk. Signs will then guide you to the meeting room. A lunch table is reserved at Restaurant Wild, Radetzkyplatz, 1030 Vienna which is in walking distance to the workshop site. Coffee will be served at the workshop site. The premises of the OCG are close to the city center and can be easily reached by public transport. Under-ground lines U1, U3 and U4 have nearby stops at Schwedenplatz or Landstras-se/Wien Mitte. The two Airport Bus Lines also stop at Schwedenplatz respectively at Wien Mitte, which is also the city center stop of the Airport train CAT.

Nearby Hotels

Hotel Urania
Obere Weißgerberstraße 7, 1030 Wien
Phone +43 1 7131711

Citadella Apartment Hotel
Obere Weißgerberstraße 6, 1030 Wien
Phone +43 1 7129000

Hotel Cristall
Franzensbrückenstraße 9, 1020 Wien
Phone +43 1 2168142

Hotel Novotel Wien City
Aspernbrückengasse 1, 1020 Wien
Phone +43 1 903030

Geolocation and Venue

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