ECCE 2018 - European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics

With As Special Theme: Modeling, Simulation and Games

ECCE 2018 is the 30th annual conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics (EACE). This leading conference in human-media interaction and cognitive engineering provides an opportunity for both researchers and practitioners to exchange new ideas and practical experiences from a variety of domains.

The role of digital technologies in our life has dramatically changed in the last decades, and the scope of cognitive ergonomics has extended accordingly. While industrial applications and systems remain an essential object of analysis and design, an increasingly important focus is on how digital model and game-based technologies become a part of our everyday environments and practices. Therefore, we have chosen for Modeling, Simulation and Games as ECCE 2018’s special theme, addressing questions such as:

  • How can models, simulations and games be used for studying the interaction with technology?
  • Do simulations and games enhance usability as well as user experience?
  • In how far do models, simulations and games help us in conducting ecologically valid studies?

ECCE 2018 seeks to encourage dialogue and discussion among participants about general topics as well as this year’s special theme. We invite various types of contributions from researchers and practitioners - long and short papers, demos, posters, doctoral consortium applications, and proposals for workshops - which address the broad spectrum of cognitive ergonomics challenges in the analysis, design, and evaluation of digital technologies.

General Chairs: Egon L. van den Broek (vandenbroek@acm.org) and Herre van Oostendorp (H.vanOostendorp@uu.nl)

Programme Chairs:: Christian Stary (Christian.Stary@iku.at) and Françoise Détienne (francoise.detienne@telecom-paristech.fr)

Instituto Cervantes (Utrecht City Centre)
Domplein 3
3512 JC Utrecht
P: +31 30 242 8470
F: +31 )30 23 32 970
E: cenutr@cervantes.es


Submissions should be made through the EasyChair Reviewing System.

See below (under Submission Categories) for more information about these submissions.

We seek contributions relevant to the broad spectrum of cognitive ergonomics challenges in the analysis, design, and evaluation of digital technologies. In particular, work related to the special theme Modeling, Simulation and Games, is invited. This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Motivational/emotional aspects of human interaction with IT artefacts
  • Design methods, tools, and methodologies for supporting cognitive tasks
  • Human-technology interaction in the Internet of Things era
  • Cognitive task analysis and modeling
  • Methods and tools for studying cognitive tasks
  • Development of usability evaluation methods
  • Decision aiding, information presentation and visualisation
  • Human Factors and simulation
  • Usability and User Experience evaluation methods (e.g. in games)
  • Collaboration in end-users and design teams

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be written in USA English and authors should anonymize their papers. All submissions fulfilling the submission requirements will be peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be made available in the ACM digital library, the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering the fields of computing and information technology.

Long and Short Papers

Submissions must follow the ACM SIGCHI Conference Publications proceedings format for papers. Microsoft Word templates for both Windows and Mac are available as well as LaTeX templates. For additional, detailed formatting instructions, as well as more sample documents we refer to the ACM SIGCHI Publications template.

All submissions should be made through the EasyChair Reviewing System. Please note that you must select the submission type, before doing your submission in order for it to be processed accordingly.

The size of long papers can be maximally 8 pages, including all sections, references, and possible appendices. The size of short, poster, demonstrator, and doctoral consortium papers can be maximally 4 pages, including all sections, references, and possible appendices. The papers should be submitted to EasyChair in PDF-format.

Special Issue in the Journal of Behaviour & Information Technology (BIT)

The authors of the best 4 or 5 long papers will be invited to transform their paper into a paper suited for the BIT journal. At the same time these authors are also asked:

1. To transform their long paper into a short paper appropriate to the ECCE proceedings and the ACM Digital Library (next to their paper to be included in the SI of BIT).

2. In doing so, to take care that the overlap between the short paper and the BIT paper is as minimal as possible.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2018, 5 PM (CET)

Posters & Demonstrations

Poster/demonstration submissions should be made through the EasyChair Reviewing System. Please note that you must select the submission type before doing your submission in order for it to be processed accordingly. Submissions via EasyChair must be in PDF format.The poster and demonstration sessions aim to show work in a setting, which facilitates open discussion. These sessions are suitable for authors who wish to present and demonstrate their work, smaller projects, systems or prototypes in a more interactive and informal setting during ECCE 2018. Poster and demonstration papers are short papers and, hence, should not exceed 4 pages, explaining the work to be presented, how it will be presented, and the relevance of the presentation to conference attendees. If there are any particular requirements for the demonstration (e.g. size of equipment, power, networking etc.) please also email the technology chair (Chris Ferguson). Poster and demonstration submission deadline: February 15, 2018, 5 PM (CET).

Workshop Submissions

We strongly encourage researchers to suggest topics for the workshops taking place on the 4th of September. The suggested topics should be related to the themes mentioned above (at least to some extent) and sent to the program chairs. For the Workshops both long (8 page) and short (4 page) submissions are invited. The submission deadline is February 15, 2018, 5 PM (CET)

Submissions to the Doctoral Consortium

We encourage PhD students to submit to the doctoral consortium taking place on the 4th of September. Both long (8 page) and short (4 page) submissions are invited. The submission deadline is February 15, 2018 5 PM (CET). As soon as a student submits to the consortium, they are eligible to apply for a limited number of scholarships covering the conference registration fee. The application is sent to the DC coordinator.

Gary Marsden Student Development Fund

SIGCHI student members (or interested in becoming members) who are postgraduate students from, and currently based in, developing countries are eligible to apply to the SIGCHI Gary Marsden Student Development Fund (that may cover a maximum of $2500 USD, including travel (economy class flight tickets, ground transportation), accommodation (student housing if available), and meals during the conference can be covered by reimbursement), if they have an accepted contribution, or are accepted as doctoral consortium student, or volunteering of any kind (such as student volunteer) for the conference.


  • February 15, 2018, 5pm (CET): deadline submission long and short papers, including workshop proposals, doctoral consortium papers, posters and demonstrations.
  • May 2, 2018: reviews of submissions are sent
  • June 15, 2018, 5pm (CET): Camera-ready version of accepted contributions*
  • July 16, 2018, 5pm (CET): Early registration deadline
  • September 4, 2018: ECCE 2018 Doctoral Consortium and Workshops
  • September 5-7, 2018: ECCE 2018 Conference

* One author per accepted contribution is required to register and attend the conference to guarantee publication in the proceedings.

Submissions should be made through the EasyChair Reviewing System







Workshop 1: TBA

Important Dates:

  • Submission by: February 15, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 2, 2018
  • Workshop: September 4, 2018

Theme and aims of the workshop: TBA

All workshop participants must register for both the workshop and the main conference.


PhD students are invited to apply for the ECCE 2018 Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

The Doctoral Consortium provides a great opportunity for PhD students to discuss and share experiences and problems with other students and with a panel of experts. It is likely to lead to the generation of new ideas and directions for their research. The ECCE 2018 Doctoral Consortium has the following objectives:

  • To provide PhD students with the opportunity to share their research with other students and experts
  • To give feedback on the research to the participants
  • To give the opportunity to solve issues that PhD students could encounter during their path
  • To encourage open and useful discussions
  • To provide insights that will help students for the continuation of their research

The Doctoral Consortium will be held on 4th of September at Instituto Cervantes. The European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics will reimburse the registration fees to all the students accepted for the Doctoral Consortium.


two experts within the field will provide feedback and guide the discussions during the consortium.


The strongest candidates are PhD students in Human Factors or Ergonomics (or related areas) who can convey their research aims and/or challenges. There are no restrictions on the year of study of the PhD, but preference will be given to students in the early stages due to the opportunity for influence and potential benefits from the feedback of the Doctoral Consortium.


The proposal consists of either a 4 (short) or 8 (long) paper submission of the PhD student's work (including aspects such as research context, achievements, future directions and issues experienced).

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2018, 5 pm.

Submissions should be made through email to the Doctoral Consortium Coordinator.

Submissions must be in PDF format.

Review Process

The Doctoral Consortium committee (Gerrit van der Veer, Anke Dittmar and Glyn Lawson (TBC)) will review the applications. In the review process particular attention will be given to the topic of the research and how this relates to the main topics of the conference, and to the type and amount of feedback the participant could provide and receive from the Doctoral Consortium. Students from the same institutions can apply, but the committee will try to have the most diverse environment, thus preference will be given to students from different institutions.

After Acceptance

Further instructions will be provided with the acceptance notice.


For further information, please contact the Doctoral Consortium coordinator, Jan-Dirk Fijnheer.



Egon L. van den Broek General Chair



Herre van Oostendorp General Chair



Christian Stary Programme Chair



Françoise Détienne Programme Chair



Jan Dirk Fijnheer Doctoral Consortium Coordinator



Gerrit van der Veer Doctoral Consortium Coordinator



Anke Dittmar Doctoral Consortium Coordinator



Christof van Nimwegen Volunteer Chair & Social Chair



Elly Lammers Publicity Chair



Chris Ferguson Publicity Chair & Technology Chair


Programme Committee

Sylvester Arnab Coventry University

Mattias Arvola Linköping University

Raymond Bond Ulster University

Assaf Botzer Ariel University

Ivan Burmistrov Lomonosov Moscow State University

Willem-Paul Brinkman Delft University of Technology

Pedro Campos University of Madeira

Torkil Clemmensen Copenhagen Business School

José J. Cañas Delgado University of Granada

Françoise Détienne CNRS-Telecom Paris

Anke Dittmar University of Rostock

Monica Divitini Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Geert de Haan Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

Rikard Harr Umea University

Joske Houtkamp Utrecht University

Jussi P.P. Jokinen Aalto University

Joaquim Jorge University of Lisboa

Lisette Kanse University of Wollongong

Victor Kaptelini Umea University

Michael Kickmeier-Rust University of Teacher Education St. Gallen

Marja Liinasuo VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Netta Iivari Oulu University

Tilo Mentler University of Luebeck

Anders Mørch University of Oslo

Maurice Mulvenna Ulster University

Antonio Rizzo University of Siena

Sarah Sharples University of Nottingham

Marcin Sikorski Gdansk University of Technology

Christian Stary Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

Phil Turner Edinburgh Napier University

Egon L. Van den Broek Utrecht University

Erik Van der Spek Eindhoven University of Technology

Christof Van Nimwegen Utrecht University

Herre Van Oostendorp Utrecht University

Harald Warmelink Breda University of Applied Sciences

John Waterworth Umeå University

Harry Witchel University of Sussex



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