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ECCE 2009 will deal with the challenges of designing intelligent human-system interaction in work and everyday environments. The conference focuses on the topic "Designing beyond the product – Understanding activity and user experience in ubiquitous environments". Besides the focus, we also welcome research work in all areas of cognitive ergonomics.


  • Challenges in work and everyday activities: Does the invisible computer change our ways of acting?

    • Perceiving environmental affordances
    • Decision making and problem solving in ubiquitous environments
    • Maintaining situation awareness, the big picture
    • Dynamic features, complexity or uncertainty as constraints of acting
    • Experience of acting with technology: sense of control, trust, self-confidence, privacy, emotions
    • Human error and reliability
    • Task/function allocation, human-centred automation

  • Means for coping: How to support sense making in ubiquitous environments?

    • Information presentation, visualisation, and techno images
    • Decision aiding
    • Virtual and augmented reality as means to understand reality
    • Multimodality in human-system interaction
    • Communication and collaboration
    • Learning and expertise

  • Research and design approaches: What is happening to cognitive systems engineering?

    • Dialogue between different approaches e.g. cognitive engineering, human-computer interaction, ethnographic approaches, naturalistic decision making, activity theory
    • From interaction design to ecological system design
    • Scenarios and modelling of situations
    • Methods of task analysis
    • Joint cognitive systems design
    • Design of incrementally evolving environments
    • Evaluation of technologies, user experience, usability, etc.


  • 20th January 2009: First call for participation
  • 30th March 2009: Submission of abstracts for short and long papers and posters
  • 16th April 2009: Submission of doctoral consortium papers
  • Week 19: Notification of acceptance of long and short papers and posters
  • 31st July 2009: Submission of camera-ready papers


Full paper submissions can be sent to three paper categories: long papers, short papers, and posters. Authors have been informed by email of the category their paper has been accepted to.

Long papers: 8 pages in the proceedings
Long papers should describe authors' original, completed research work. The length of long papers is up to 8 pages. Please use the template file when preparing your final submission. In the conference the lenght of the presentations of long papers is 25 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion.

Short papers: 4 pages in the proceedings
Short papers introduce work in progress, new innovative solutions, or interesting new approaches. The lenght of short papers is up to 4 pages. Please use the template file when preparing your final submission. In the conference the presentations of short papers can be about 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Posters: poster and 4 pages in the proceedings
Posters describe design oriented work or other results that can be well illustrated in graphical format. Posters are presented in a session that facilitates open discussion.

For the poster session you should prepare a printed poster of size A1 or A0. In the beginning of the session all posters are first shortly introduced. You have about 5 minutes to present your work. For your presentation you can prepare a digital version of the poster (.ppt or .pdf) that can be projected on a canvas. After the short presentations the conference participants have the possibility to have a closer look at the posters and ask questions.

In addition to the poster you should prepare a paper to be published in the conference proceedings. The length of this paper should be up to 4 pages. Please use the template file when preparing your paper.

Submitting papers

All contributions to the conference should be written in English. Full papers should be prepared according to the template file and uploaded as an MS Word (.doc) file into the Conference Revieving System (http://www.conferencereview.com/). If you are using special symbols or a lot of pictures in your paper and you want to be sure that the formatting of the paper remains unchanged, you can create a zip file containing both MS Word (.doc) file and a PDF-file for the submission. Please select the correct paper category when submitting your full paper through the CRS. See full paper submission instructions.

All accepted papers and posters will be published in the Conference Proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. Authors are asked to fill in and send the ACM Copyright Form to the ECCE2009 local organising committee by email, fax or mail. In those cases where there is more than one author, an original signature is required of the first named author only. (However, it is assumed that all authors have been advised and have consented to the terms of this form.)

Email: ecce2009@vtt.fi
Fax: +358 20 722 6027
Address: ECCE2009, TK8085, P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland

Preparing conference presentation

The presentations should be in ppt or pdf format. Please bring your presentation to the session chair in good time before the beginning of the session.


The aim of the ECCE 2009 Doctoral Consortium is to provide an opportunity for PhD students to participate in multi-disciplinary in-depth discussions of their work with fellow students and a panel of experts. The Consortium is designed for students currently registered for a PhD in Cognitive Ergonomics or a related field. The Doctoral Consortium will take place on 29 September 2009 at VTT Technical Research Centre in Otaniemi.

Each student gives a 15 minutes presentation on their research. This will be followed by questions from other participants, and feedback from a panel of experts.

Doctoral Consortium Application procedure
You should submit:

1) A letter by email from your supervisor/principal advisor stating:

  • That you are registered for PhD studies
  • Your research topic
  • What stage your research is at
  • Why you and your research would benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium

2) A 4 pages long paper (submitted through the Conference Reviewing System) containing the following:

  • An abstract
  • The aims and objectives of your research
  • The main contribution of the research to the Cognitive Ergonomics field
  • A description of the methodology adopted for your research
  • The results obtained so far from your studies
  • A critical analysis of the results in relation to previous research work in the area
  • Future research plans

Notice! The doctoral consortium letters and papers should be submitted at the latest 16th April 2009. Notification of acceptance is given in May.

Doctoral Consortium Costs
The applicants who are selected to take part in the Doctoral Consortium will not be asked to pay a registration fee. The participants are however expected to pay for their own travel and accommodation.

For authors:
Submit papers through
Conference Reviewing System (CRS)
Instructions for submitting full papers with CRS
Template file for camera-ready papers
Template file (MS Word)
What's new on this page?
July 2, 2009
Addition: Both .doc and .zip files can be submitted through CRS
May 14, 2009
Full paper submission has been opened in the CRS
More information of preparing full papers added
May 8, 2009
Authors have been notified of the acceptance of papers by email
April 2, 2009
The template file of full papers and posters is available
March 27, 2009
All contributions to the conference will be published in the ACM Digital Library
March 16, 2009
The deadline of sending abstracts has been extended to March 30, 2009