(All times given in local time zone GMT+1)

Day 1 - 26 April

09:00 - 09:15  Welcome by ECCE 2021 Chairs

09:15 - 10:00  Keynote by Elisa Giaccardi

10:00 - 10:15  Break

10:15 - 11:30 Panel Session 1

Theme: Training interventions and VR simulation to improve work performance

Session Chairs: Francoise Detienne & Marja Liinasuo

“Call centre employee’s reasons for variation in objective productivity during a cognitive ergonomics intervention” by Silvia Ahmed, Michael Fray and Laurence Clift

“Advancing Digital Behavior Change Interventions by Exploring a Calendar-Based Suggestion System” by Ida Damen, Roy van den Heuvel, Rens Brankaert and Steven Vos

“Empowering resilient crisis response training through purposefully designed boundary objects in a simulation-gaming exercise approach” by Björn Je Johansson, Joeri Van Laere and Peter Berggren

“Mitigating workday fragmentation in knowledge work – task management skill training intervention” by Heljä Franssila

“The Role of Virtual Spaces and Interactivity in Emergency Training” by Giulia Benvegnù, Mattia Furlan, Valeria Orso and Luciano Gamberini

11:30 - 11:45  Break

11:45 - 12:45  Panel Session 2

Theme: New research methods to collect data using physical, digital and virtual tools

Session Chairs: Alwin de Rooij & Maurice Mulvenna

“Using wearable inertial sensors to detect different strategies for the sit-to-stand transition in multiple sclerosis” by Aiswarya Nagasubramony, Rebecca F Player, Carina E I Westling, Kathleen Galvin and Harry J. Witchel

“IORapp: An R tool for Inter-Observer Reliability Assessment of Time and Motion data” by Stefano Guidi, Michela Tanzini and Johanna Westbrook

“The effect of future self-continuity on delaying immediate gratification. A virtual reality experiment” by Alessandro Innocenti, Valeria Faralla, Stefano Baraldi, Luca Maurizio Lusuardi, Maurizio Masini, Vincenzo Santalucia, Diletta Scaruffi and Matteo Sirizzotti

“Immersive visual technologies and human health” by Simone Grassini and Karin Laumann

12:45 - 13:45  Break

13:45 - 16:00  Doctoral Consortium

Day 2 - 27 April

09:00 - 10:15 Panel Session 3

Theme: Automation, Collaboration and Intelligent technologies

Session Chairs: Stefan Oppl & Annamaria Recupero

“Automation, teamwork, and the feared loss of safety - Air traffic controllers’ experiences and expectations on current and future ATM systems” by Åsa Svensson, Jonas Lundberg, Camilla Forsell and Niklas Rönnberg

“Challenges and Opportunities in the Design of Digital Tools for Distributed Affinity Diagramming” by Christian Remy, Gunnar Harboe, Jonas Frich, Michael Mose Biskjaer and Peter Dalsgaard

“Creative Capabilities of Machine Learning: Evaluating music created by algorithms” by Thomas Mejtoft, Linus Lagerhjelm, Ulrik Söderström and Ole Norberg

“Human-Centered Retrofitting” by Sara Ermini, Dario Bernabini, Giovanni Burresi, Martino Lorusso and Antonio Rizzo

“Working with Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence systems: workers’ viewpoints and experiences” by Tamari Gamkrelidze, Moustafa Zouinar and Flore Barcellini

10:15 - 10:30  Break

10:30 - 12:00  Panel Session 4

Theme: Analysis of the work performance and the HCI at work

Session Chairs: Antonio Rizzo & Harry J. Witchel

“Polychronicity and Boundary Management - An exploratory study” by Andrea Aistleithner and Stefan Oppl

“Scared, frustrated and quietly proud: Testers’ lived experience of test tools” by Isabel Evans, Chris Porter and Mark Micallef

“The Cognitive Relevance of a Formal Pre-incision Time-out in Surgery” by Lauren Kennedy-Metz, Roger Dias and Marco Zenati

“Emergence of Metacognitive Knowledge via Audible Pupil Size” by Alwin de Rooij, Iris Wijers, Manon Marinussen

“Influence of keyboard layout and feedback type in eye-typing tasks: a comparative study” by Patrik Pluchino, Valeria Orso, Giulia Bonamigo and Luciano Gamberini

“Analyzing Individuals' Grip Force over Short Intervals in a Joystick-Controlled Task with and without a Stress Manipulation” by Assaf Botzer, Michael Wagner and Tomer Elbaum

12:00 - 12:30  Break

12:30  - 13:00 EACE General Annual Meeting (AGM)*

*EACE members receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting; interested conference participants, please contact

Day 3 - 28 April

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote by Pasquale Fedele

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 11:15 Panel Session 5

Theme: Human-Robot interaction and telepresence interfaces

Session Chairs: Dianne Murray & Carina Westling

“Human beings and robots: Are there any differences in the attribution of punishments for the same crimes?” by Stefano Guidi, Enrica Marchigiani, Sergio Roncato and Oronzo Parlangeli

“Human Likeness in robots: differences between industrial and non-industrial robots” by Francesco Millo, Maria Gesualdo, Federico Fraboni and Davide Giusino

“Adaptive Assembly Workstations and cobots: a qualitative assessment involving senior and adult workers” by Chiara Rossato, Valeria Orso, Patrik Pluchino and Luciano Gamberini

“Evaluating Input Devices for Robotic Telepresence” by Patrik Björnfot

“Exploring the Relationship Between Physical Presence, User Experience, and Task Parameters in Robotic Telepresence" by Victor Kaptelinin, Patrik Björnfot and Karin Danielsson

11:15 - 11:30  Break

11:30 - 13:00  Panel Session 6

Theme: Design theories and methods to support creativity and innovation

Session Chairs: Iikka Pietilä & Anna Spagnolli

“Critical Co-Reflection on Artifact Use” by Anke Dittmar

“A socio-cultural perspective on patient safety in a bilateral healthcare project” by Peter Berggren, Emma Samuelsson, Ruhija Hodza-Beganovic and Björn Je Johansson

“How Students with different levels of Design Experience use PLEX Cards within the Brainstorming Process” by Hans Brombacher, Rosa van Koningsbruggen and Panos Markopoulos

“Revisiting the Role of User Research in Design Creativity” by Jonas Frich, Michael Mose Biskjaer, Christian Remy, Lindsay MacDonald Vermulen and Peter Dalsgaard

“Somewhere over the Rainbow: Exploring the Sense for Relevance in Children” by Monica Landoni, Theo Huibers, Emiliana Murgia, Mohammad Aliannejadi and Maria Soledad Pera

“Balancing guidance and flexibility in the design of an inclusive handweaving loom” by Annamaria Recupero, Patrizia Marti and Simone Guercio

Day 4 - 29 April

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote by Norbert A. Streitz

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 11:00 Panel Session 7

Theme: The new frontiers of automated mobility

Session Chairs: Assaf Botzer & Luciano Gamberini

“Public perception of ethical issues concerning automated mobility - A focus group study among three road user categories” by Ebru Dogan, Cécile Barbier and Estelle Peyrard

“Manual takeover after highly automated driving - Influence of budget time and Lane Change Assist on safety and driver’s strategies” by Ebru Dogan, Elsa Yousfi, Thierry Bellet, Charles Tijus and Anne Guillaume

“Driver experience and safety during manual intervention in a simulated automated vehicle” by Elsa Yousfi, Séverine Malin, Lynda Halit, Stéphane Roger and Ebru Dogan

“Touching virtual objects in mid-air: a study on shape recognition” by Patrizia Marti, Oronzo Parlangeli, Annamaria Recupero, Matteo Sirizzotti and Stefano Guidi

11:00 - 11:15  Break

11:15 - 12:45  Panel Session 8

Theme: Physical and virtual technologies for user engagement and behavioral change

Session Chairs: Anke Dittmar & Monica Landoni

“The expediency of bad habits. Why inefficient practices can play a role in transformative interventions for sustainable energy consumption” by Anna Spagnolli, Giulio Jacucci and Luciano Gamberini

“Sustainable fitness” by Ilaria Bonanno and Patrizia Marti

“Exploring Feedback and Instruction Modalities using Low Fidelity Prototypes for Running” by Jos Goudsmit and Steven Vos

“Understanding the youths’ user needs for inclusive eParticipation” by Iikka Pietilä, Niina Meriläinen, Jari Varsaluoma and Kaisa Väänänen

“Augmented Reality as a Mediator for Emotionally Engaging Stories” by Licia Calvi and Robyn Kromhout

“Can micro interactions in user interfaces affect their perceived usability?” by Kyle Boyd and Raymond Bond

12:45 - 13:30 Doctoral Consortium Summary

                       Best Paper Award announcement

                       Next ECCE announcement

                       Closing remarks by ECCE 2021 Chairs

Doctoral Consortium

PhD students are invited to apply for the ECCE 2021 Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on April 26, 2021.

The Doctoral Consortium provides a great opportunity for PhD students to discuss and share experiences and problems with other students and with a panel of experts. It is likely to lead to the generation of new ideas and directions for their research.

The ECCE 2021 Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • to provide PhD students with the opportunity to share their research with other students and experts;
  • to give feedback on the research to the participants;
  • to give the opportunity to solve issues that PhD students could encounter during their path;
  • to encourage open and useful discussions;
  • to provide insights that will help students for the continuation of their research.

We expect to recruit 10 to 15 students. Two leading experts will mentor PhD research students at the Doctoral Consortium.



The strongest candidates are PhD students in Human Factors or Ergonomics (or related areas) who can convey their research aims and/or challenges.

There are no restrictions on the year of study of the PhD, but preference will be given to students in the early stages due to the opportunity for influence and potential benefits from the feedback of the Doctoral Consortium.


Check how to submit to the Doctoral Consortium