The 3rd International Workshop of Symbiotic Interaction was held in Helsinki on the 30th and 31st of October 2014, chaired by Prof. Giulio Jacucci (University of Helsinki), Prof. Luciano Gamberini and Anna Spagnolli (University of of Padova) and Prof. Jonathan Freeman (Goldsmiths University of London), all partners in the MindSee project.
The workshop was co-located with NordiCHI (a high profile conference functioning as the main Nordic forum for human-computer interaction research) and gathered more than 50 participants from Europe as well as the US.
The workshop was opened by the greetings of the Ambassador of Italy in Finalnd, His Excellency Giorgio Visetti on the 30th of October, and continued on the following day opened by a Keynote speech on "Contextual Robotics" by Prof. David Kirsh of University of California, San Diego, and closed by the Keynote of Prof. Rod Murray Smith of University of Glasgow on "Models and Measures of Human–Computer Symbiosis".
In line with the previous two events in 2012 and 2013, the workshop aimed at promoting the exchange of scientific experiences in designing symbiotic systems, studying the way in which they affect human behaviour and defining the principles for a functional interdependence of humans and machines. Compared to previous editions, the workshop had considerably grown in terms of length, effort, academic relevance and impact. A call was open for papers, posters and demos (all peer-reviewed) with proceedings published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (to appear), while the program committee included internationally recognised experts from more than 20 institutions from various fields.
The event was also designed to be highly collaborative, engaging both speakers and attendees throughout the day via the live participation system Presemo.
Given the growing relevance and interest gathered, it has been announced that the Symbiotic Workshop series will continue in 2015...see you all in Berlin!