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Workshop on Human Interaction with Intelligent & Networked Systems

In conjunction with Intelligent User Interfaces conference (IUI2009):

February 8th, 2009, Sanibel Island, Florida

Important Dates

Submission deadline: November 12th, 2008   ** new date **
Notification of acceptance: November 15th, 2008
Final camera ready submissions: November 28th, 2008
Workshop: February 8th, 2009

Participants will be required to submit a 4-6 page position paper  
which will be reviewed by the workshop programme committee against the  
following criteria:
-	Relevance to topic
-	Novelty/Originality of contribution
-	Rigour in approach
-	Potential impact
-	Ability to communicate to other disciplines
-	Ability to appreciate other disciplines

Submissions will be accepted in a CHI format (template downloadable  
from Workshop website).  Papers should be sent in PDF format to  
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  Workshop Outputs

The workshop will distribute the position papers to all attendees  
before the workshop. At the workshop the focus will be on developing  
links, identifying common themes, identifying common problems,  
developing opportunities for joint working and combining of  
approaches, identifying appropriateness of approaches to specific  
areas and problems. From the workshop we will produce a research  
agenda and a structure for combining the approaches, problems etc to  
identify opportunities for further joint research and joint  
publications. In summary we will produce:
-	Pre workshop position papers
-	Post workshop research agenda
-	Post workshop research collaborations leading to collaborative  
funding proposals.
-	Post workshop structure, themes, and contributing authors for a  
special journal issue.

Workshop Format

The workshop will have two distinct phases - first sharing attendees  
interests, research areas, research problems and research approaches.  
 From this we will construct a capability map and identify where  
research problems, approaches, come together and cluster across the  
attendees. The second phase of the workshop will focus upon  
identifying a research agenda, where and how different approaches  
might be fruitfully brought together to address these research  
challenges, identify potential collaborative research projects, and  
identify the structure, themes and authors for a special issue of a  

Aims and Scope
Increasingly systems have the ability to undertake decisions and  
execute actions without reference to people in either the choice of  
decision or the course of action. Additionally such systems have the  
ability to work both alongside and with people. However how these  
systems manage and execute their work alongside people and with people  
and communicate and interact with those people is a subject of current  
research concern. Issues arise such as how do people who are in some  
sense part of a system that includes "autonomous" components  
communicate, coordinate and collaborate together to avoid conflict,  
failure or worse. Similarly, issues concern the recognition and  
communication of intent, and implication with respect to human-system  
interaction. Extending considerations to system - system interaction  
when we create system that must communicate, coordinate and  
collaborate with each other. These systems have to be designed but  
their behaviours and ongoing interactions are often not well  
understood and/or evolve as the systems develop. Examples of these  
systems are developing in many areas including health, agriculture,  
transport, energy and defence. The focus of this research is to bring  
together researchers from different disciplines who have interests in  
understanding, designing, deploying and assessing the such systems  
from the perspective of their interaction with people and how they  
communicate, coordinate and collaborate. Drawing out such issues as  
awareness, understanding, sharing and joint activity, and considering  
such aspects as intentions, states, goals, and resources, through  
mechanisms such as negotiation, planning, task-allocation and task  

This is a timely workshop and IUI is the main area that offers the  
chance for these different communities to come together to focus on  
the nature and form of human interaction with complex, networked and  
autonomous systems. (Note: because the boundaries between these  
systems are blurred we are not wishing to exclude any and while there  
are distinctions we do not want to use those to divide or exclude  
possible attendees).

The following are the workshop objectives:
-	Bring together a community of researchers and practitioners to  
develop the research agenda needed to enhance human interaction with  
increasingly powerful and independent intelligent systems e.g. sensors  
networks, autonomous systems, agents and robotic systems.
-	This community will include but not be limited to those with  
interest in decision-making, human computer interaction, collaborative  
work, human-robot/agent interaction and sensor networks.
-	To define and harness the potential synergies between isolated  
communities of interest such that they can collaborate to identify and  
tackle the higher-level problems/research questions relating both to  
the current generation of complex, powerful, independent, intelligent  
systems and the next.
-	To identify specific opportunities for exchange between PIM  
researchers and HCI researchers.

Potential Participants

The workshop will be of interest to researchers and practitioners from  
a number of communities. In particular we welcome and will attract  
attendees from different communities including those working in:
-	Human computer interaction
-	Intelligent systems and decision making
-	Sensors and networks
-	Human - Robot/Agent interaction
-	Collaborative systems


Workshop chairs:
Peter Johnson, University of Bath, UK
Mark T. Maybury , Information Technology Division, MITRE, USA
Rachid Hourizi, University of Bath, UK
Christopher Middup, University of Bath, UK

Program committee:
Peter Johnson, University of Bath, UK
Mark Maybury, MITRE, USA
Jill Drury, CSIRO, Australia
Cecile Paris, MITRE, USA
Neil Carrigan, University of Bath, UK
Hilary Johnson, University of Bath, UK
Jo Thoms, BAE Systems, UK
Steve Benford, University of Nottingham UK

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