May 17 - 21, 2010
The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Chicago, Illinois, USA

The 1st International Workshop on Trusted Human-Machine Collaboration in Cyberspace
(THMC 2010)


As part of
The 2010 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS 2010)

Submission Deadline:  January 18, 2010

Contemporary work, whether in academia, industry, or in government, involves an inextricable link between human and machine systems.  These complex systems often traverse cyberspace and exist in manufacturing, public utilities, health care, financial institutions, aviation, civil and military applications, and homeland security.  Driving this complexity is the integration/fusion of computing, sensing, communication, social media, and collaborative systems.  To combat this complexity, humans are increasingly reliant on automation.  This reliance, while it often reduces cognitive workload on users, comes with its own shortcomings and research challenges.  First, it is imperative to understanding how humans interact with machines and vice versa and how they optimally calibrate trust of automated systems to ensure that they are not placing too much or too little trust in their systems.  Second, how do we effectively manage trusted interactions given imperfect data?  It will be important for researchers and designers to understand how to visualize the trustworthiness of a system or sensor.  Further, researchers need a better understanding of how to manage users' trust in dynamic and increasingly networked scenarios.  This information may lead to future capabilities for representing network (both computer and human) vulnerabilities and designing more reliable and usable human-machine interfaces.  In addition, human perceptions of trust are driven by a variety of factors.  Researchers need to better understand the gamut of influences on how people develop trust in complex, socially-networked scenarios.  Ultimately, cyberspace offers the opportunity to be connected to both networked systems and other social entities in ways never possible before, yet research is needed to better understand how to maximize these opportunities while limiting the inherent vulnerabilities that accompany "connectedness". Finally, it is important to understand collaboration work among humans and machines.

This workshop on Trusted Human Machine Collaboration in Cyberspace - to be held as part of the 2010 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS 2010) - will focus on assessing the state of the art related to research in human-machine interaction and trust in collaborative systems.  Collaborative systems may involve human-human, human-machine, machine-human, or machine-machine implications.  The objective is to highlight key research challenges, theoretical approaches, empirical data, and possible solution spaces, to use collaboration techniques, tools and principles to ensure that these interactions are carried out in a secure and trusted manner.  We invite original contributions from researchers and practitioners in academia, government, and industry in this emerging collaboration specialty.  The workshop scope covers the gamut of topics related to interaction, interfaces, and trust and their implications within the collaborative system problem space.  This set of complex research challenges truly requires multidisciplinary approaches to include: psychology, engineering, computer science, marketing, network science, interface design, etc.

The Workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Multimodal Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Interfaces for Distributed Environments
  • Architectures for Interaction
  • Adaptive and Augmented Interaction
  • Multi-User Interaction / Cooperation
  • Visualizing Social Interaction
  • User Support Systems
  • User and Context Modeling and Monitoring
  • Community Computing
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social Networking Tools and Trust
  • Safety Critical Systems
  • Trust in Automation
  • Autonomic Techniques
  • Cognitive Modeling of Trust
  • Trust and Suspicion Metrics
  • Social/Contextual Predictors of Trust
  • Adaptive and Personalized Interfaces
  • Multi-sensory Interfaces
  • Interaction and Navigation in VR and MR
  • Interaction through Wireless Networks
  • Access to Mobile Interaction
  • Gesture and Eye-gaze Based Interaction
  • Privacy Issues in Sensor-augmented Environments
  • Context and Situation Awareness
  • Human Centered Design
  • Usability Issues
  • Collaborative Decision Making and Support
  • Human Error and Safety
  • Emotions in HCI
  • Conflict Management and Consensus Development
  • Remote Detection of Trust
  • Visualization of Trust
  • Swift Trust of Technology

You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to Trusted Human Machine Collaboration.  Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.  Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses.  Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words.  The full manuscript should be at most 10 pages using the two-column IEEE format.  Additional pages will be charged at additional fee.  Please include page numbers on all submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.  Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript via email to the Workshop organizers at   and

Only PDF files will be accepted, sent by email to the workshop organizers.  Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews.  Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, technical clarity and presentation.  Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted.  Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop. 

Accepted papers will be published in the Symposium proceedings.  Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2010 Symposium web site later.  It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference.  The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed accordingly. 

Paper submission Deadline     January 18, 2010
Notification of Acceptance February 9, 2010
Registration and Camera Ready Manuscript Due March 1, 2010

Kenneth Littlejohn
Air Force Research Laboratory
2241 Avionics Circle
WPAFB, OH 45433-7334
Voice:  (937) 255-4709 x3587
Fax:      (937) 255-4938

Dr. Joseph Lyons
Air Force Research Laboratory
2698 G Street
WPAFB OH 45433-7604
Voice:  (937) 255-3771
Fax:      (937) 255-4938

Technical Program Committee:
All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2010.

If you have questions regarding workshop paper submission or the workshop content, please contact the workshop organizers.   

For information or questions about Symposium's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral consortium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Symposium's web site at URL:   or contact one of the Symposium's Co-Chairs: Bill McQuay at and Waleed W. Smari at


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