"Late Breaking Papers" & Demos Track

In order to allow authors to submit late-breaking results, an additional track has opened that allows for submission of Short Papers (4 pages) that present most recent research results that are best presented by a short talk or an interactive poster presentation, or results/ideas that are best presented by a demonstrator. Submissions will also appear in the conference proceedings.

Papers for Regular, Special and PhD Track

The conference will accept Regular Papers (6 pages), Short Papers (4 pages) and Posters (3 pages). While regular papers will provide high-quality contributions to the field, Short Papers are expected to provide recent research outcomes that are not yet mature enough for a regular paper or a journal contribution, but provide novel insights into a specific problem or a thought provoking discussion of innovative ideas. Posters should ideally show work in progress or applications/demos that could be best presented in an interactive discussion with the audience. All submissions have to be uploaded via the easychair system. 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

Formatting Instructions

Complete manuscripts must be electronically submitted through the conference website using EasyChair. Submitted manuscripts can be Regular (6pp), Short (4pp) or Poster (3pp) papers in IEEE two-column format, including figures, tables, and references. Please use the templates at Manuscript Templates for IEEE Conference Proceedings to prepare your paper. All submissions MUST be in PDF format. All accepted papers are expected to be included in IEEE Xplore and indexed by EI.

Proceedings and Post-Conference Publications

Accepted papers of the conference will be published in Conference Proceedings in IEEE Xplore. In addition, the conference will offer to publish extended versions of selected papers in a special issues, e.g. the IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems. Another publication opportunity is provided by the IEEE Book Series on HMS where edited or authored books on specific topics of the HMS conference will be published. Further details will be announced during the conference.

Review Process

The Technical Program Committee (TPC) is headed by Program Chairs (Editors). A team of Senior TPC members (Associate Editors) is handling the main review process by a large team of expert reviewers. They provide recommendations (with meta-reviews) to the Program Chairs for final decision. Authors of accepted papers need to register online for the conference before the early registration deadline. Papers have to be presented during the conference. If a paper is not presented, it will be removed from the IEEE Xplore Online Proceedings.

Deadlines for All Contributions

  • Deadline for submission of contributions for Regular Papers and Special Tracks: June 15, 2021 AoE (extended!)
  • Acceptance notification: from July 6, 2021
  • Deadline for early registration and registration for accepted papers: August 9, 2021 (for PhD Track and "Late Breaking Papers": August 9, 2021)
  • Final papers due: August 30, 2021
  • Deadline for the submissions on the PhD Track is July 26, 2021 in order to give participants of the summer school an opportunity to contribute.
  • Deadline for the Late Breaking Papers is July 26, 2021
  • Acceptance notification for PhD Track and "Late Breaking Papers": from August 2, 2021
  • Deadline for early registration and final papers of PhD Track and "Late Breaking Papers": August 9, 2021

Related Special Issue in IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems

“Featured Research from the 2nd International Conference on Human-Machine Systems”

This special issue (SI) is motivated by the success of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society’s 1st International Conference on Human-Machine Systems, held in 2020 (ICHMS 2020). ICHMS is intended to foster the development and dissemination of research for advancing the science and engineering of humanmachine system at multiple levels, including systems, computing technology, and human-automation interaction. The conference stresses methodological innovation, novel results and implications for practice in a broad range of application areas, including transportation and autonomous vehicle systems, the Internet of Things, smart communities, motorized cyber-physical systems, and human-robot interaction (HRI). ICHMS 2020 drew-in approximately 200 participants (despite the COVID-19 pandemic) and generated ~150 peer reviewed papers.

The meeting was selective in its acceptance rate and the conference yielded a refereed proceedings publication. The quality of contributions to this meeting was such that many of the papers could have been considered for publication as regular papers in the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems (THMS) with unique extensions.

This SI seeks high-quality and significant extensions of contributions to ICHMS 2021. 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.

Submissions to the SI will align with the call for contributions to ICHMS 2021 and must also fall within the scope of the Journal. We welcome a broad range of contributions for advancing understanding of human-machine systems, whether through analysis, design, operations or other aspects. Potential contributions may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: companion technology; brain-machine interfaces and systems; human- artificial intelligence (AI) interaction; cognitive computing and engineering; interactive and wearable computing and devices; collaborative intelligence systems and applications; and human factors engineering

The SI will be published over two issues of Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. The SI will serve as a forum for multidisciplinary and systematic research investigations presented at the 2nd ICHMS. In specific, the publication is expected to reveal new guidelines for design and engineering of technology to support human information processing and decision making in advanced systems control. It is important to note that any submissions to the special issue must have been accepted to the 2nd ICHMS in order to be considered by THMS for potential publication. THMS will consider both full regular papers and technical correspondences.

More details can be found in the Call for Papers and here.

Papers should be submitted through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/thms, with a cover letter that contains the statement: “This manuscript is being submitted to the Special Issue “Featured Research from the 2nd International Conference on Human-Machine Systems”. For detailed submission information, please refer to “Information for Authors” at http://www.ieeesmc.org/publications/transactions-on-human-machine-systems/special-issues.


  • Conference date: September 7-10, 2021
  • SI Manuscript initial submission: August 31 - December 31, 2021
  • Decision from first round of reviews: December 31 - February 28, 2022
  • Revised manuscript submission: February 28, 2022 - April 30, 2022
  • Notification of final decision: April 30, 2022 - June 30, 2022
  • Final manuscript submission: June 30, 2022 - August 31, 2022
  • Expected publication: October or December, 2022

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