DAEM: The 4th International Workshop on Designing Assistive Environments for Manufacturing

After successfully organizing three workshops on “Designing Assistive Environments for Manufacturing” (DAEM) at PETRA 2017–2019, that all created valuable academic discussions, we want to consolidate the exchange and foster the community in this domain. Therefore, we propose a fourth DAEM workshop to be held at PETRA 2020.

First experiences of new technologies, such as Augmented Reality or in-situ projection in the manufacturing domain, have been presented at our first workshop in 2017 and the evaluations show the potential that new technologies bring into the domain. Our following workshops in 2018 and 2019 focused on questions about how these systems affect work in the short and long run. Further, the papers showed implications of assistive technologies in manufacturing environments. Still, lots of questions are open and new questions arose in the meantime. In our fourth workshop, DAEM 4, we intend to focus on how to improve job satisfaction with new trends in assistive technologies. This includes topics such as enhancing occupational health management as well as integrating voice-user interfaces or meaningful applications of artificial intelligence into the manufacturing workplace.

By proposing this workshop, we are eager to continue the discussion with researchers and professionals from the HCI community. We will take account of the current state of the art in order to provide an incentive for collaboration and to formulate research questions related to the design of assistive environments for manufacturing.

Organizational Details and List of Topics

For PETRA 2020, we envision a full-day workshop. The workshop will be organized in the following way: First, we will begin with a short opening presentation with background on our workshop, followed by a short kick-off activity, where participants get to know each other. Second, we will take account of the state of the art by having workshop participants present their submitted papers to the group and a succeeding discussion for each of the presentations. All papers will be classified according to their topic and presented within about three sessions. Finally, we will conclude the workshop with a wrap-up session in the later afternoon. All participants will be encouraged to have a joint dinner in the evening to continue vivid discussions in a more informal setting.

Topics of submissions are encouraged but not limited to covering the following areas of assistive environments for manufacturing:

  • Concepts
    • New interaction concepts for assistive environments
    • Combining cognitive and physical assistance at the workplace
    • Tools and design techniques
    • Transfer of HCI concepts into industrial practice
  • Industrial Applications of Assistive Technology
    • For stationary or mobile assembly tasks
    • For monitoring or controlling cyber-physical systems
    • Assistance through Human-Robot Collaboration
    • For learning and education
    • Assistive systems for special needs
  • Technologies and Devices
    • Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
    • Projection-based interfaces
    • Voice-User Interfaces
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Mobile and wearable devices
    • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
    • Haptic Enhancement of Digital Experiences
  • Methodology
    • Usability and user experience of assistive environments in industry
    • Prototyping AR and VR
    • Evaluation methods
    • User and cognitive models
  • Others
    • Social and ethical aspects
    • Technological acceptance

The fundamental change that is happening in manufacturing transforms the practice of running independent manufacturing units to the implementation of novel and networked cyber-physical systems. The digitalization of industrial production, often referred to as “Industrie 4.0” (GER), “Industrial Internet of Things” (US), or “Industrie du Futur” (FRA), lays the groundwork for more flexible and efficient ways of producing goods. This new approach is often highly complex, putting strains on the operators and supervisors of such systems. Hence, new research questions related to the assistance of humans in the industrial context arise.

In the last three years, we organized workshops on “Designing Assistive Environments for Manufacturing” (DAEM) at PETRA 2017, PETRA 2018, and PETRA 2019. The first half-day workshop in 2017 with five accepted papers created a first valuable academic exchange and established a cross-organizational community. With twelve accepted papers, the workshop was extended to a full-day workshop in 2018. The second workshop fostered the community that is in regular contact and actively driving the research topic in the form of joint research work, publications, and projects. In 2019 the workshop gained again a growing momentum with eleven accepted papers and an additional invited talk held by Prof. Oliver Korn.

Building on this success, we seek again to assemble researchers and practitioners from HCI in order to continue pushing the research agenda related to the design of assistive environments for manufacturing and to discuss the latest research results. The workshop will intensify existing collaborations, help establishing new ones, and provide a platform for exchanging ideas relevant to the domain. Of course, we welcome both recurring and new participants to this workshop.


ACM will be the publisher of the proceedings of PETRA conference and workshops. The proceedings will be a volume in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series in the ACM Digital Library. Authors must follow the guidelines of ACM SigConf template available at ACM SIG Proceedings template. A PDF sample is available here. Workshop paper must be between 3 to 10 pages long, including references. An important aspect of preparing your paper for publication is to provide the proper indexing and retrieval information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). Camera-ready information will be emailed to authors with the acceptance notifications. The submission system is available at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=petra2019

Deadlines & Other Workshops

The list of workshops and deadines are available at the main workshops page. All workshops have the same deadlines.