2nd IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems

Human Centered Systems for our Digital World
Magdeburg, Germany, 8-10 September 2021
(Hybrid Event)

- Submission Deadline Extended: May 31, 2021 -

About the ICHMS Conference 2021

The 2021 IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems (ICHMS) will be held in Magdeburg, Germany as a hybrid event, allowing for both physical and virtual attendance. The conference theme is: Human Centered Systems for our Digital World.

ICHMS will provide a remarkable opportunity for the academic and industrial communities to address new challenges and share solutions, and discuss future research directions in the important area of Human-Machines Systems. ICHMS specifically covers contributions on research related to integrated human/machine systems at multiple scales, and includes areas such as human/machine interaction; cognitive ergonomics and engineering; assistive/companion technologies; human/machine system modeling, testing and evaluation; and fundamental issues of measurement and modeling of human-centered phenomena in engineered systems. The organization of ICHMS is based on the following Track types: Regular Track, Special Tracks and PhD Track.

The conference will also feature plenary speeches, panel sessions, tutorials, and poster sessions. Contributions are expected from academia, industry, and management agencies. All accepted papers will be published in conference proceedings and in IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates Topics & Tracks Calls Keynotes Venue Committee

Related Special Issue in IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems

The SI will serve as a forum for multidisciplinary and systematic research investigations presented at the 2nd ICHMS. This SI seeks high-quality and significant extensions of contributions to ICHMS 2021. Selected high quality submissions of the conference will be invited to submit to the SI. THMS has not previously published regular papers as extensions of conference proceeding publications. For this reason, any manuscript submitted to the present SI, and ultimately published in THMS, will be required to present an extension of a research study presented at the conference of no less than 40% new results, inferences and conclusions for the scientific community. THMS will consider both full regular papers and technical correspondences. More details can be found ind the CfP and here.

Virtual Participation

We are currently planning to run IEEE ICHMS 2021 primarily as a regular conference with physical attendance, offering a rich social program to trigger creative and inspiring discussions. However, we will be prepared to switch to a fully online interactive conference if necessary. In any way, we will offer ways for virtual/hybrid participation for those participants who are, e.g. due to travel restrictions, unable to attend.

Important Dates

Conference: 8-10 September 2021

April 1, 2021

Special Track proposals deadline (continuous evaluation until deadline)

May 31, 2021 (extended!)

Paper and poster submission deadline (all tracks)

June 28, 2021

Acceptance Notification

July 5, 2021

Deadline for early registration and registration for accepted papers

July 12, 2021

Final Paper Submission

September 8-10, 2021


Topics and Tracks

Structure of the ICHMS 2021

Submission to the Regular Track and Phd Track should focus on topics such as:

Affective Computing
Assistive Technology
Augmented Cognition
Brain-Machine Interfaces
Companion Technologies
Ethical Aspects of Human-Machine Systems
Human Factors
Human Performance Modeling
Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Machine Cooperation and Systems
Human-Machine Interface and Communications
Human-Robot Interaction
Information Visualization
Interactive Design Science and Engineering

Interactive and Digital Media
Interactive Tools for the Digital Humanities
Kansei (sense/emotion) Engineering
Mental Models
Multi-User Interaction
Recommender Systems
Resilience Engineering in Human-Machine Systems
Systems Safety and Security
Team Performance and Training Systems
Usability and User Profiling
User Interface Design
User Monitoring
Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems
Wearable Computing
Web Intelligence and Interaction
Regular Track

The main track is aimed at presenting significant research contributions that are of interest for a broader human-machine systems audience.

Special Tracks

These tracks represent well-established “sub topics” of HMS – mainly driven by activities of the SMC Society HMS Technical Committees.

PhD Track

This track (doctoral consortium) is intended to attract presentations of PhD projects.

Regular Track

The main track is aimed at presenting significant research contributions that are of interest for a broader human-machine systems audience. The conference theme this year is: Human Centered Systems for our Digital World.

Special Tracks

These tracks represent well-established “sub topics” of HMS – mainly driven by activities of the SMC Society HMS Technical Committees. The tracks are intended to collect contributions from the HMS community, focusing on topics such as Companion Technology, Brain-Machine Interfaces and Systems, Human-AI Interaction and Cognitive Computing & Engineering, Interactive and Wearable Computing and Systems, Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Applications and Human Factors Engineering. Each special track will be organized by one or two chair/s and all contributions will be reviewed, as regular papers, by the program committee. An open call for special tracks will enable research to enrich the conference program by inclusion of upcoming hot topics and gain visibility in their community. Proposers of special tracks will be expected to bring in an active group of researchers, supporting the track by either submitting contributions or by supporting the reviewing process.

ICHMS 2021 Special Tracks

The following Special Tracks have been accepted. Proposed Special Tracks will be announced on a continuing basis as soon as accepted.

The Sino-Germany Symposium on the Brain-Machine System

Jiahua Xu (OVGU, Germany) & Felix Putze (University of Bremen, Germany) & Ning Fei Li (Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany)

Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Applications

Weiming Shen (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China) & Makoto Itoh (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Interactive & Wearable Computing Systems

Giancarlo Fortino (Università della Calabria, Italy) & Peter X. Liu (Carleton University, Canada)

Interactive Robotics

Norbert Elkmann (Fraunhofer IFF, Germany) & Christian Hansen (OVGU, Germany)

Cooperative Systems & Hybrid Teams

Andreas Wendemuth (OVGU, Germany) & Stefan Kopp (University of Bielefeld, Germany)

PhD Track

This track (doctoral consortium) is intended to attract presentations of PhD projects and will ensure active participation of both, senior researchers and PhD students, in order to stimulate discussion. All senior researchers will provide feedback to the presenters during the track and one senior researcher per PhD student will provide individual feedback. The papers (full papers) of the track will be reviewed accordingly and selected papers will be published in the proceedings. To encourage feedback from the community, all presenters will also have the possibility to present their work in the form of a poster to conference participants during a poster session.


The keynotes and conference program will be announced according to the schedule.


Magdeburg lies in the heart of Germany and is one of the greenest cities in the country.

More about the venue Travel Information

Emperor Otto the Great and Otto von Guericke left their mark on Magdeburg and are the namesakes of the City of Otto. Nowadays, the 1200-year-old metropolis by the river Elbe, which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its history, is not only characterised by impressive historic medieval buildings, quaint Baroque façades and monumental districts from the “Gründerzeit” period, but also by its modern architecture.

University of Magdeburg

The hosting University is named after Otto von Guericke (1602 - 1686), the renowned son of Magdeburg and well-known for his research on the vacuum.

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Organizers and Contact

General Chairs

Andreas Nürnberger, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (OVGU), Germany

Giancarlo Fortino, Università della Calabria, Italy

Program Chairs

Ellen Bass, Drexel University, USA

David Mendonca, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Zhiwen Yu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

Malte Schilling, Bielefeld, Germany

Poster Chairs

György Eigner, Óbuda University Budapest, Hungary

Ernesto De Luca, OVGU, Germany

Publication Chairs

David Kaber, Univ. of Florida, USA

Antonio Guerrieri, ICAR-CNR, Italy

Publicity Co-Chairs

Dan Verständig, OVGU, Germany

Ingo Siegert, OVGU, Germany

Fei-Yue Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Demo Chairs

Tiago H. Falk, University of Quebec, Canada

Andreas Wendemuth, OVGU, Germany

Finance Chair

Anja Buch, OVGU, Germany

DC / PhD track Chairs

Iulia Lefter, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Ronald Böck, OVGU, Germany

Daoyi Dong, UNSW Canberra, Australia