About Symbiotic

The Sixth International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

December 18-19, 2017


The International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction collects research and discussion on the changing nature of the relationship between computer systems and humans to explore novel forms of cooperation. Traditionally there has been a clear boundary between the user and the computing system, computers served user’s goals as tools or services, and the interaction was mostly governed by explicit input from users.

These tenets are changing rapidly as:

  • It might be more difficult to separate human, organisational and computer technology.
  • Goals of a computer driven services might be different from the ones of the user/s, and the interaction might be governed by a synergy.
  • The relationship is governed by implicit interaction more than explicit user input.


Increasingly, solutions are available to implicitly (even subliminally) detect the user’s goals, preferences or/and psycho-physiological states and to modify computer output accordingly. This represents a step forward in the continuous attempt to facilitate users in their activity, yet also raises new issues, including ethics ones.


This workshop is a venue to present novel work in adaptive systems, physiological computing and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) in this area, collective systems, cyber physical systems but especially to discuss the rationales and implications of such kind of relationship, which – provokingly – is called ‘symbiotic’. Research on non-human animal behavior would be off-topic in this workshop.


This year the International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction will be held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, after successful editions in Padua, Helsinki, London and Berlin. It will take place on the Monday and Tuesday December 18 and 19, 2017 and will be hosted by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).