International Workshop on Human-centric Independent Computing

in conjunction with The 26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media,

Cyprus, September 1-4, 2015

As the famous slogan “Connecting People” indicates, lots of development in novel technologies intensify the relationship between people without necessarily enhance technologies that are close to the nature of human beings. Recent paradigms, such as Cloud Computing that advances network infrastructure for data storage and resource sharing; the Internet of Things that investigates the intelligence and awareness of objects involved in the network; and Social Network that provides alternatives for communication as well as tighten the connection among people; provide such examples. With the supports of advanced computational network paradigms, people tend to make themselves available online, which often manifests their willingness of placing almost everything (e.g., data, private information) on the Web (or Hyper World). This leads to the increasing dependency on more and more complex computer networking paradigms and associated techniques, which may be reflected by recently-focused issues such as Trust/Dependable Computing paradigms. However, it is never possible to obtain systems, even human beings with relative good relationship, that are fully trustable or dependable. Thus issues concerning the survivability of humans in such environment, especially in emergency scenarios, remains a challenging issue and awaiting satisfied solutions.

This workshop studies means, ways, mechanisms that prompts human beings to be relatively independent of the present computing paradigms (or connected world). We do not intent to separate the human and technology, but attempt to understand the perfect co-existence among them instead. These means, ways or mechanisms are also machines, but they should not be dependent entirely on the computing paradigms. Our goal is to come up with potential solutions to such problems. Interdisciplinary issues are expected to be the focus of the symposium. Three major issues will be discussed: (1) How can human beings be shielded from the potential damage caused by the excessive information overload (or vague use of social technologies) through various computer and internet channels; (2) How can human beings survive if the infrastructures of network and information are significantly damaged due to natural disasters, or caused by adversary human activity (e.g., hacking, terrorist attacks); and (3) How can human beings survive if the Internet or part of it becomes self-aware (e.g., using our data without permission, trying to control human behaviors, etc.), and turns against human beings.

Topics of interests

A variety of perspectives will be taken into consideration to completely understand this emerging computing paradigm. We especially attempt to investigate the ability at all levels (incl. fundamentals, techniques, and applications) between human and computer. Topics of interests include but are not limited to:
  • Cross-disciplinary computing paradigms
  • Understandings (infrastructure, framework, and etc.) of human-machine systems
  • Understanding the impact of massive sensory information on human cognitive activity
  • Methods towards definition between human and machine
  • Human-machine or Machine-human scenarios analysis and design
  • Human-awareness/intelligence versus Machine-awareness/intelligence
  • Human-Machine sociology
  • Applications, systems, and services
  • Reliability, trust and security
  • Computing for sustainability

Important dates
Submission deadline: June 12, 2015 June 19, 2015
Author notification: July 10, 2015
Camera-ready due: July 22, 2015
19 June 2015: Extended proceedings deadline
10 July 2015: Extended proceedings and LBR notifications
22 July 2015: Extended proceedings and LBR camera ready deadline

Interested authors shall follow the author guideline given on the ACM HT 2015 conference webpage, and draft the manuscript. After that authors are invited to submit their manuscripts by email directly to Dr. Neil Y. Yen <> for the peer-review process.

Workshop organizers

Neil Y. Yen, University of Aizu, Japan
Qun JIn, Waseda University, japan