AI for Humans and Humans for AI: Towards Cultures of Participation in the Digital Age

Guest Editors


• Renate Andersen, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

• Vita Santa Barletta, University of Bari, Italy

• Anders Mørch, University of Oslo, Norway

• Alessandro Pagano, University of Bari, Italy



Important dates


• Deadline: May 20th, 2023
• Notification to the authors: July 31st, 2023
• Camera ready paper: September 20th, 2023
• Publication of the special issue: October 2023 (tentatively)





This special issue is intended to explore the assumption (and to provide at least partial evidence) that the most successful Artificial Intelligence (AI)  systems out there today are dependent on teams of humans, just as humans depend on these systems to gain access to information, provide insights and perform tasks beyond their own capabilities. An assumption that implies a confrontation between AI, Human-Centered AI and HCD and a reflection on the role of HCD in the AI age.

The issue, thus, is not intended to be focalized on the design of user interfaces of systems containing embedded AI features, per se; rather, it is expected to be grounded in research activities involving a broad spectrum of academic disciplines - from computer science to social science - that will critically analyze the interplay between AI, Human-Centered AI and HCD, in order to investigate the impact on individuals, social groups, and society as a whole. 

In particular this special issue wish to explore the relationship between AI, aimed at replacing human beings, and Intelligence Augmentation (IA), focused on empowering human beings in their daily life and work. Balancing between these two perspectives means changing the research paradigm from traditional human-computer interaction, to designing the collaboration between humans and computers. This will foster creativity, meaningful work, intersubjectivity, and learning, and eventually improve the quality of life of individuals. However, a variety of issues and ethical problems need to be addressed in this new age – e.g., privacy intrusions, massive unemployment, knowledge and competence loss, lack of control, autonomous weapons, new research methods, etc.

The guest editors  encourage researchers to submit articles that will consider these aspects. 



Topics of Interest


Topics of interest for this special issue include, but not limited to:


  • AI and Human control: privacy and ethical issues
  • Collaborative adaptation of AI systems
  • Collaborative learning in cultures of participation
  • Collaborative human-centered design 
  • Collective intelligence supported by HCAI
  • End-User Development for AI-based systems 
  • Empirical evaluation of AI-based systems 
  • Explainable AI through meta design
  • Human-centred AI
  • Learning analytics for teachers participation and learning effectiveness
  • Meta design in HCAI
  • Research methods in Human-Centered AI and Design


    Submission procedure 


    All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

    The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .pdf format. 
    All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Prospective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). 
    The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines .

    Submission page -> link
    (when submitting the paper please choose the section: 'SI: AI for Humans and Humans for AI')

    For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editor:


    • renatea [at] oslomet [dot] no

    • vita [dot] barletta [at] uniba [dot] it

    • anders [dot] morch [at] iped [dot] uio [dot] no

    • alessandro [dot] pagano [at] uniba [dot] it



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