Designing Technologies to Support Human Problem Solving
A Workshop in Conjunction with VL/HCC 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 1, 2018.
Important Dates
23 July 6 July 2018: Abstracts due
(due by end of day, anytime on Earth)

23 July 13 July 2018: Paper submissions due
(due by end of day, anytime on Earth)
8 August 1 August 2018: Author notification
31 August 2018: Camera-ready submisssion, and presenter registration due
(see VL/HCC registration page): Early registration deadline
1 Oct 2018: Workshop in Lisbon
Forms of Participation

We invite five kinds of paper submissions, and we invite all to take part in discussions with or without papers. The paper types are as follows. :

  1. Long research papers, or research survey papers, up to 8 pp.
  2. Short research papers, up to 4 pp.
  3. Work-in-progress papers, up to 4 pp.
  4. Position papers, up to 4 pp.
  5. Posters, with 2-page proceedings summary papers.

For any form of paper or poster, an abstract must be submitted to the EasyChair Designing Technologies to Support Human Problem Solving workshop submission site by the end of 6 July 2018.

Completed papers must be submitted as PDF files to the EasyChair Designing Technologies to Support Human Problem Solving workshop submission site by the end of 13 July 2018. Use an IEEE Conference template to format your submission.

Submitted paper abstracts and PDFs can be updated at any time through the end of day on 13 July 2018 (anytime on Earth). Authors are encouraged to submit drafts that can be updated until the 13 July deadline. Drafts should be indicated by putting Draft: at the beginning of the title in the paper.

Submissions are not anonymous, so do not anonymize your papers.

Accepted papers will normally be published in However, authors may indicate with their submission that if accepted, their paper not be published there and only made available to workshop attendees.

Call for Participation

Purpose of the Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to exchange ideas and address a set of questions to help participants gain new insights into the design of systems that help users (typically in groups or communities) solve and/or understand complex problems, such as instances of global-challenges and wicked problems. Such problems include aspects of climate change, drug-resistant diseases, nuclear proliferation, fake news, global health, clean water, and urban homelessness. The increasing sophistication of software systems also makes complex problem solving increasingly important in software engineering. Recent technology developments suggest new approaches to integrated systems that combine human-centered computing, crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, sensor networks, and computer-supported collaborative work.

Suggested Topics for Discussion

Through paper presentations, a keynote lecture, and discussions, the workshop will address the following questions: