An Ecological Perspective in Human-Technology Interaction: Transforming the Everyday

Workshop @ ECCE 2017

In a world where just about anything can be connected and communicated in an intelligent fashion – the paradigm of the Internet of Things (IoT) – the work and workplace environment should be reconfigured in order to improve the quality of workers’ experience and outputs. Equally, the demand for anytime, anywhere tools gives us opportunities which outweigh by far the challenges to dynamically perform research and design the work, from physically or spatially unusual workplaces, mentally demanding or specifically repetitive work to stimulating social situations. In many organizations there is a lack of knowledge regarding the application of workplace technologies and how to develop their practical use and relevance.

Ecological Interface Design (EID) has been proposed and has been applied as an approach to the design of interactive systems where cognitive load is particularly demanding. EID has been used to design interfaces for aviation displays, power plant monitoring and control, human hemodynamic monitoring, anesthesia monitoring, and neonatal intensive care monitoring and diagnosis. But up until now, the application of EID has been limited to studies in very complex work domains.

This workshop aims at analysing the connections between ecological interface design with other common interface design methods, enabling participants to better understand how to combine approaches in the creation of design solutions. We propose to approach this in the perspective of transforming everyday interactions of people with technologies, in particular cognitive work approaches, using examples and case studies. Examples of everyday services and technologies that are already enabled by multiple cognitive engineering approaches include Amazon’s Echo, IBM’s Watson, Apple’s Siri, services like Dropbox, Spotify, Pinterest and so many others.

In this context, this workshop invites position papers around the following list of topics:

  1. can EID be effectively applied beyond control rooms and other industrial or manufacturing contexts?
  2. analyzing the value of the current state of affairs with regard to the concept of “affordance”;
  3. how does EID can help improve the experience economy, the knowledge economy (Web 2.0, user-generated content) and the transformation economy (ethical value change, global and societal issues);
  4. case studies of applied EID leveraging on pervasive computing, Internet of Things, and other work domains or workplace technologies.

The major outcomes of this workshop include the identification of funding opportunities and broader impact of this research, discussing the potential of establishing recurring workshops, and identifying special issues of journals where research in this field can be published.
The expected scientific outcomes of the workshop include a better understanding of the current state of the art in EID under the perspective of everyday interactions.

We are also interested in achieving a better understanding on the impact these everyday, pervasive technologies are having on workers, the impact of EID extensions or variations on user interface design activities, how to innovate in today’s turbulent work contexts and how to better apply cognitive systems engineering and EID in areas such as healthcare, education, tourism, business and others.


The workshop will be held in conjunction with ECCE 2017 on September 19 at the University of Umeå (Sweden).

Prospective participants are invited to submit a 2-4 pages position paper formatted according to the SIGCHI Conference Proceedings formatting guidelines, using the EasyChair System.

Papers will be selected by an International Program Commitee considering their quality, topic relevance, innovation, and potentials to foster discussion. Each paper will be reviewed by two reviewers with different backgrounds providing authors with the information to make their contribution relevant and appealing for the workshop’s audience.

At least one author from every accepted paper must plan to attend the workshop and present it.

For further information, please write to

Important Dates

July 2 July 23 – Submission deadline (extended!)

July 30 – Notification of acceptance

July 30 – Early bird registration deadline

September 19 – Workshop



Pedro Campos – Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-iti), Portugal
Torkil Clemmensen – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Jose Abdelnour-Nocera – University of West London, United Kingdom
Barbara Rita Barricelli – Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Arminda Lopes – Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-iti), Portugal


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