In the last decade, the spreading of low-cost technologies integrating sensors and
actuators has favored the development of the so-called smart objects. This trend has
been further fostered by the Internet of Things (IoT), which connects the physical
world with the Internet via ubiquitous sensors and actuators.
The opportunities offered by the IoT are amplified by the use of new approaches
that, based on novel interaction paradigms, involve directly non-technical users in
configuring the joint behavior of their smart objects, among them and with online
services. Existing solutions to define the behavior of such “IoT ecosystems” range
from systems that leave the users complete control for establishing the joint behavior
of smart objects, to solutions that automatically define smart objects behavior exploiting intelligent techniques. In this continuum, different technologies, frameworks, and
approaches present different levels of user control and automation. In this perspective,
it is also important to consider the emerging role played by social and humanoid robots, which are integrated sets of sensors and actuators with human-like behaviors.
Given the diffusion and the relevance that these approaches have been gaining, this
workshop aims to serve as a venue for discussing ongoing research and sharing ideas
for researchers and practitioners working on solutions to personalize the behavior of
This workshop aims to serve as a venue for discussing ongoing research
and sharing ideas for researchers and practitioners working on solutions
to personalize the behavior of IoT ecosystems. We aim to encourage
participation in order to have stimulating discussion from various
perspectives. Topics include, but are not limited, to:
End-User Development (EUD) for IoT;
Interaction Paradigms for IoT;
Usability of IoT Systems;
Interface Design for IoT;
Intelligent Interface for IoT Systems;
Accessibility for IoT Systems;
Virtual and Augmented Reality for EUD in IoT settings;
Conversational User Interfaces for EUD;
Usable Privacy and Security in IoT systems;
Personalisation and Recommendations for IoT;
We invite submissions of two types: short papers (3-4 pages) and
position papers (1-2 pages). Participants are asked to submit their
paper describing their recent or future work in one of the areas
indicated in the topics of interest. All submissions must be in the
CHI Extended Abstracts format (https://chi2020.acm.org/authors/chi-proceedings-format/).
Papers should be submitted in PDF to easychair
(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=empathy2021). All papers will
be reviewed by the organizers and by the program committee based on
relevance and significance in order to provide constructive comments to
the submitters. Reviewing will be single blind (i.e. author names and
affiliations should be listed). If accepted, at least one of the authors
must register and attend the workshop.
Final versions of the accepted papers will be published in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings (http://ceur-ws.org/), indexed by Scopus.
Giuseppe Desolda is a Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (website:
http://ivu.di.uniba.it/people/desolda.htm). His research interests lie in HCI, specifically Interaction with Ubiquitous Systems, IoT, EUD, and UX. Among others, he chaired the “Human-centered cybersecurity” (CHItaly 2019) and the “SERVE: Smart
Ecosystems cReation by Visual dEsign” (AVI ’16) workshops.
Vincenzo Deufemia is Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Salerno (website: http://docenti.unisa.it/vincenzo.deufemia). His research interests include data science,
pattern recognition and Human-Computer Interaction, with emphasis on usable privacy and security for end users. He has been a member of the organizing committee of several international conferences.
Maristella Matera is Associate Professor at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB) of Politecnico di Milano (website: http://matera.faculty.polimi.it/). Her research focuses
on aspects at the intersection between Web Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction, with emphasis on design methods and tools for Web application development.
She has been a member of the organizing committee of several international events -
among others, she was program co-chair of AVI 2016. She is an associate editor for
the journals “Future Generation Computer Systems” (FGCS) and ACM Transactions
on Web (TWeb). She is chair of the Italian chapter of the ACM SIGCHI.
Fabio Paternò is Research Director at CNR-ISTI, where he leads the laboratory
on Human Interfaces in Information Systems (website: http://hiis.isti.cnr.it/Users/Fabio/). His
research activity has mainly been carried out in the Human-Computer Interaction
(HCI) field, with the goal to introduce computational support to improve usability,
accessibility, and user experience for all in the various possible contexts of use. For
this purpose, he has continuously led for several years numerous interdisciplinary and
international projects. He has been co-organiser of several workshops in international
Massimo Zancanaro is a professor of Human-Computer Interaction ad the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Trento
His research interests are in the field on Human-Computer Interaction and specifically
on the topic of Intelligent Interfaces for which he is interested in investigating aspects
related to the design as well as to study the reasons for use and non-use. At present, he
serves as vice-chair for the Italian Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group in
Computer-Human Interaction and as Associated Editor for the journal Behavior and
Fabiana Vernero is a Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, University
of Turin (website: https://www.unito.it/persone/fvernero). She is part of the PhD committee in Modeling
and Data Science, University of Turin. Her research interests include intelligent user
interfaces, recommender systems and persuasive technolgies