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William Hudson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 16 May 2005 21:18:23 +0100
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We invite you to submit to a full day symposium of the 39th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS39) entitled "Skilled Human-Intelligent Agent Performance: Measurement, Application, and Symbiosis". HICSS39 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort, Kauai, January 4-7, 2006. Papers selected for the symposium will also be considered for publication in a special issue of IJHCS or IWC. Expressions of interest or questions about submission to this symposium should be directed to the symposium chairs. The deadline for electronic abstract submission is June 15, 2005. More details about the conference can be found at

Symposium Title:

Skilled Human-Intelligent Agent Performance: Measurement, Application, and Symbiosis


Paul Ward, Jean Scholtz, and Martha Crosby


Wed 4th Januaray, 2006

Symposium Outline:  

Performance assessment and enhancement strategies have often focused upon the user or the intelligent technology rather than the interaction between the two. Where system interaction has occurred, we have often settled for co-operation rather than collaboration or symbiosis. The aims of this symposium are:


    €      to examine methods of capturing, assessing and evaluating skilled and symbiotic performance between humans and intelligent systems;

    €      investigate how research on expert performance, expert teams, and human cognition can inform the relationship between humans and intelligent systems;

    €      provide examples of research that has investigated collaborative human-agent interaction, particularly those that demonstrate skilled and expert levels of performance; and

    €      demonstrate applications of this research that have informed design principles and training regimen, and improved ‘system’ performance.

We invite research submissions from a range of domains and disciplines that explore performance-related issues in skilled human-agent symbiosis, for example, topics may include:


    €      User interfaces developed from knowledge of human behavior and human interaction with agents, robots, and sensors

    €      Metrics for evaluation of collaborative and symbiotic systems

    €      Theories of expertise and applications of expert performance research

    €      Skill acquisition in technological and applied domains

    €      Mechanisms and models of expert cognition

    €      Adaptive and routine expert performance

    €      Expert-novice differences in complex real world tasks

    €      User and system error

    €      Human factors assessment of system performance

    €      Mixed-initiative interaction

    €      Mixed human-computer initiative with adjustable autonomy

    €      Architectures to support symbiotic interaction

    €      Case studies of user interfaces/interactions with intelligent systems

    €      Affective user interfaces

    €      Teams of users and intelligent systems

    €      Development of models of computers for users, and of models of users for computers

    €      Issues of trust and privacy in symbiotic interfaces

    €      Social implications of physiological measures of humans

    €      Determining and monitoring cognitive status of users

    €      Multi-modal interfaces for input and output

    €      A range of domains where intelligent systems may be employed, including intelligence analysis or tutoring systems, emergency response and decision making, and decision aiding

    €      Issues that may arise with intelligent systems and modeling expertise


Paul Ward is an Applied Cognitive Research Psychologist at the Learning Systems Institute’s Human Performance Laboratory, Florida State University. His research interests include the assessment of expert performance and cognition in a range of applied skill domains. Email: [log in to unmask]

Jean Scholtz is a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Her research is in evaluation of interactive systems.   She is currently working in evaluation of user interfaces for intelligent systems - primarily robotics and in the evaluation of several research programs for the Intelligence Community. Email: [log in to unmask],

Martha E. Crosby is a professor and the associate chair of the department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii.  Her research interests are in the area of human-computer interaction, human factors, cognitive science, models of user cognition, intelligent computer tutors, and evaluation of human use of computer interfaces and applications.  She uses human physiological measures to provide detailed analysis of research involving human- computer interaction and models of the user. Email: [log in to unmask]