Human Work Interaction Design 2021 – Artificial Intelligence and Designing for Positive Work Experiences in Low Desire Society

Working Conference of the IFIP WG 13.6 Human Work Interaction Design – Beijing, China / Remote participation – May 15-16, 2021

In continuation with the series of the Human Work Interaction Design (HWID) working conferences, this sixth edition’s theme is Artificial Intelligence and Designing for Positive Work Experiences in the ‘Low Desire’ Society.


HWID has been endeavouring to enhance the positive work experiences at workplaces by providing employees pleasurable and meaningful user experiences via the tools used at work. HWID’21 directs attention to the ‘low desire’ phenomenon, which is that people have lower desire for success, no ambitions, needs, or expectations, they push back against working around the clock, avoid conflicts, yearn to be free of strong feelings, and do not to take anyone or anything too seriously. HWID’21 attempts to look into the relationship between happiness and IT-enabled overworking, the resulting work experiences, and how to provide solutions from the perspective of Human Work Interaction Design.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is making a difference to the workplace and complicating the situation further. On one hand, AI replace human workers by working faster with fewer errors than humans, which enable AI to do many of the boring and redundant jobs. On the other hand, many organisations are already beginning to use the AI as a design element to enhance human intelligence, and design positive experiences in the workplace. As a result, there are growing concerns that AI will take away jobs from humans. The theme of HWID’21 emphasizes the insights into the relationship between low desire and work experience, and how AI will moderate their relationship because parts of the work might be taken away by AI.

Examples of relevant questions include:

  • Is the ‘low desire’ phenomenon making work less interesting?
  • How to improve work experience supported by AI?
  • How to support the symbiosis of human and AI in workplace through HWID?
  • How to maintain work motivation?
  • How to evaluate the impact of AI on work experience?
  • How to address ethical factors (e.g. privacy, safety and equity) of using AI in the workplace?

This working conference aims to answer these and more questions by involving professionals working in academia, national labs, and industry who are engaged in human work analysis and interaction design for the workplace. We will discuss tools, procedures, and professional competences needed to face issues and opportunities provided by AI in a Low Desire Society.


We invite two types of submissions:
Full papers (max 15 pages, excluding references) and Poster submissions (max 4 pages, excluding references). For both types of submissions, the authors must use the LNCS templates available on Springer website( Please submit your anonymized paper in PDF format on OCS:
Each paper will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. The collection of all accepted papers will be distributed to the participants as digital proceedings. During the review process, the reviewers will be asked to evaluate whether an extended version of the paper is suitable for an IFIP Springer book (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology) that will be edited and published after the conference. We aim at including most of the accepted papers.


Full paper submission deadline: February 14, 2021,February 24, March 4, 2021
Poster submission deadline: February 21, 2021,March 1, March 10, 2021
Acceptance notifications: March 14th, 2021 March 24, 2021
Early bird registration deadline: March 21st, 2021, April 1, 2021
Final versions of papers and posters: April 4, 2021