The workshop on Cognition and Artificial Intelligence for Human-Centred Design will bring together interdisciplinary scientific perspectives on human-centred design particularly focussing on the theme of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Cognitive Systems supported next-generation design technologies.

The workshop is organised as part of the 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI, http://ijcai-17.org) to be held in Melbourne, Australia during August 19 - 25 2017.

Workshop chairs:
Mehul Bhatt
Human-Centred Cognitive Assistance Lab.
Department of Computer Science
, University of Bremen, Germany.

Antonio Lieto
University of Turin
Department of Computer Science
, University of Turin, and ICAR-CNR Italy.

HCC Lab., University of Bremen

DesignSpace Group, University of Bremen

University of Bremen

University of Turin

Call for Papers

The workshop brings together experts in Artificial Intelligence, Spatial Cognition, Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design Studies with researchers and practitioners in design concerned with investigating the cognition of the designed artefacts as well as the cognition of the design process.

The workshop will feature invited and contributed research advancing the practice of human-centred design particularly from the viewpoints of theories and methods developed within the fields of:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Visuo-Spatial Cognition and Computation
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Science and Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Design Studies

Design domains being addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • architecture design
  • narrative media design (e.g., film, animation, immersive VR)
  • product design
  • music and sound design
  • urban and geodesign
  • design in manufacturing & engineering domains
  • embodied interaction and experience design
  • visual art design

Technical Focus. The core theme addressed by the workshop is cognitive technology assisted human-centred design conception, analysis, and synthesis; it approaches the design process, and the use of designed structures and artefacts from a cognitive and computational perspective. A particular focus is on the importance of the embodied visuo-spatial thinking involved in problem-solving for the design of objects, artefacts, and people-experiences. Broadly, the key issues being addressed are:

  • interaction between design, cognitive processes, and human-centred assistive technologies
  • design-activity -e.g., conception and creativity- as cognitive problem-solving under the constraints of physics, logic, cognition, and expectations of embodied cognitive experience (of users)
  • multi-modal human-computer collaboration and interaction in collaborative problem-solving

The workshop provides a platform to discuss the cognitive and AI-based computational foundations that would underlie the development of next-generation design systems, design practices, and human-centered assistive frameworks & technologies encompassing the multi-faceted nature of professional design conception, creativity, implementation, and maintenance. We welcome all contributions addressing the workshop themes from formal, cognitive, engineering, empirical, and philosophical perspectives. Select indicative topics include:

  • knowledge representation and reasoning in design systems
  • machine learning for design
  • computational cognitive vision
  • visuo-auditory perception
  • spatial cognition & computation
  • mental models in design activity
  • shape processing
  • space in creative assistance systems
  • functional design simulation
  • design as problem solving
  • multi-modality and design

  • declarative spatial reasoning
  • visual & diagrammatic reasoning
  • qualitative modelling & reasoning
  • diagnosis, hypothetical reasoning
  • non-monotonic reasoning
  • constraint-based reasoning
  • formal characterisations of shape & form
  • logics for shape, topology, symmetry
  • design semantics and ontology
  • declarative frameworks for design computing
  • computational models of narrative

  • Evidence-based design
  • Universal design
  • People-centred design
  • Collaborative design
  • User participation in design
  • Cognitive assistive technologies
  • Creativity enhancement aids
  • Parametric and generative design
  • Biophilic design
  • Adaptive, transformable design
  • AI and sustainable design
  • Big data in design

Submission Requirements. Submitted papers must be formatted according to IJCAI guidelines (details here: IJCAI-17 guidelines); in summary, all contributions should be no longer than 7 single-spaced pages (6 pages max for content, 1 page max for references). Contributions may be submitted as: (1). technical papers; (2) position statements; or (3) work in progress. Submissions should only be made electronically as PDF documents via the paper submission site: (Easychair SUBMIT).

Important Dates

  • Submissions: June 15
  • Acceptance: June 30
  • Conference: August 19-25, 2017

Workshop Schedule | Papers

  • The full workshop schudule is available here: PDF

Program Committee

Workshop Chairs:

Program Committee:

  • Robert Amor (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany)
  • Stefano Borgo (ISTC CNR, Italy)
  • Ashok Goel (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States)
  • Gabriela Goldschmidt (Technion, Israel)
  • Nicola Guarino (ISTC CNR, Italy)
  • Newton Howard (MIT, United States)
  • Bipin Indurkhya (Jagiellonian University, and AGH University, Poland;)
  • Joohyung Lee (Arizona State University, United States)
  • Francesca Lisi (Universit√† degli Studi di Bari, Italy)
  • David Vernon (Carnegie Mellon University Africa, Rwanda)