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Cognitive Ergonomics (CE) has been an important discipline for almost 40 years. It has always been concerned with designing for human use by studying the interaction of complex tools, cognition, collaboration and context. The original focus was on human well-being and the performance of work systems, for example, the cognitive and user aspects of using the computer systems to operate and control production systems such as industrial installations, air traffic control and office systems. Hence, “classical” topics in CE include methods and tools for analyzing and modeling cognitive tasks, decision aiding, information presentation and visualization, mental workload and work stress, and the study of collaborative aspects.

CE, like any other discipline, undergoes constant evolution. On the one hand, the spectrum of application domains has become much broader (e.g., health care, public services, traffic, education and learning). In our current society, designing for use is needed not only for working environments as people regularly use information technology in many aspects of their life. We have experienced how products ranging from smart phones and internet-accessible pacemakers to sports watches, as well as services such as social media, payment services, and information provision are entering the personal sphere. On the other hand, the role of CE needs to be reconsidered in its relationship to other fields such as human-computer interaction (HCI), interaction design or cognitive engineering. For example, some distinguish between HCI and CE as a science domain versus a design or engineering domain. For others, the distinction between CE and HCI is in CE’s broader scope of analysis and the more differentiated view of ‘context of use’. Others again understand CE as being embedded in the field of HCI.

Workshop Goals

The goal of this one-day workshop will be to revisit what is meant by CE by bringing together researchers and practitioners who have an interest in carrying forward CE as a meaningful discipline.

Topics include:

  • Relevant application domains and methods to study and design elements of these domains.
  • Revisiting common methods in CE.
  • Scientific theories on cognitive aspect of human interaction with information processing systems, communication devices, services of many kinds, and interactive environments.
  • Human well-being as a general aim in (cognitive) ergonomics.
  • Aesthetic aspects of interaction with information processing systems and devices, and artistic creations in this domain.
  • The role of education to students and researchers in developing CE?
  • Is CE a separate discipline? What is the relationship to other fields? Where do we see the field of CE in 10 years time? In 25 years?

Workshop Activities

  • Opening presentation by organizers.
  • Presentation and discussion of position papers.
  • Lunch
  • Working groups around set topics to come up with new perspectives on CE.
  • Summary/wrap up session.
  • Dinner


Position papers should be 2 to 4 pages long, written in English. Submissions must follow the ACM conference proceedings formatting guidelines.

Please visit the ACM website for all information on templates to use for your position papers.

Please send the submissions in PDF format to:

Intended Publication

Accepted position papers will be available on the workshop website for prior orientation and discussion. We intend to disseminate the results of the workshop discussions in the form of a publication submitted for peer review, by means of either a monograph, a journal paper, or a chapter in a handbook, aimed at an audience of researchers and teachers of cognitive ergonomics and related fields.


  • June 28, 2019: Submission of position paper
  • July 5, 2019: Notification of acceptance
  • August 1, 2019: Submission of final version of position paper
  • September 10, 2019: Workshop


The workshop is organized by the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics (EACE,

  • Dianne Murray, Deesign, UK
  • Gerrit van der Veer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Emeritus Professor)
  • Geert de Haan,Wittenborg University Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
  • Anke Dittmar, University of Rostock, Germany


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