Companion Technology is an emerging field of cross-disciplinary research that aims at a paradigm shift in human-technology interaction. It enables technical systems of any kind to smartly adapt their services to the individual needs of users, their current requests, situation, emotion, and disposition. Companion Technology covers and combines trans-disciplinary research in fields such as computer science and artificial intelligence, cognitive science, engineering, psychology, and neurobiology. Its application areas include digital assistance, cognitive robotics, health and elderly care, intelligent environments and homes as well as driver assistance and autonomous driving.

Under the technical sponsorship of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (IEEE-SMCS), the 2nd International Conference on Companion Technology (ICCT) will be held in Ulm, Germany, from September 11 to 13, 2017. The format of ICCT 2017 involves a single-track oral paper presentation session as well as poster sessions where each poster paper is orally presented in a short-paper session. All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of ICCT 2017 that will be published by the IEEE Computer Society and will also aappear in the IEEE Digital Library. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference and present the work.

The Conference invites submissions of original technical papers on all aspects of Companion Technology. Papers reporting on trans-disciplinary work or on the combination and integration of methods are particularly welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Affective computing
  • Applications of Companion Technology
  • Decision making in biological and technical systems
  • Cognitive neuroscience of human social behavior
  • Computational models of cognitive processes
  • Cooperative and adaptive systems
  • Emotion and disposition modelling
  • Environment perception and modelling
  • Human-Aware Artificial Intelligence
  • Knowledge-based dialogue management
  • Knowledge-based human-computer interaction
  • Multimodal emotion, disposition, and motivation recognition
  • Multimodal stress and pain recognition
  • Neural mechanisms of decision-making, emotion and cognition
  • Reasoning for adaptive systems
  • Strategy change and reversal learning
  • User-centered and mixed-initiative planning


Invited Talks

Julia Hirschberg
Spoken Language Processing Group Columbia University, NY, USA

Louis-Philippe Morency
Language Technology Institute Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA

Klaus Bengler
Ergonomics and Sports Equipment Technical University Munich, Germany


Call for Position Papers

ICCT 2017 invites submissions of position papers to its technical paper track. Position papers must not exceed 2 pages and should relate to an ongoing research or experience. They are intended to communicate research results from work-in-progress to the field, thereby offering a discussion forum especially for young scientists and PhD students. An option for a subsequent full paper submission is given.

Position papers will be reviewed and, if successful, be included in the conference proceedings of ICCT 2017. The proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society and will also appear in the IEEE Digital Library. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to present the paper at the conference.

In addition, successful authors will be given the opportunity to submit a full paper after the conference, which allows to include findings from discussions with conference participants and colleagues. The full paper undergoes an independent review and, if successful, will replace the two-page abstract in the proceedings.


Key Dates

Technical Paper submission:
May 19, 2017
Notification of Acceptance:
July 7, 2017
Camera Ready Version:
August 4, 2017
Position Paper Submission:
July 15, 2017
Position Paper Notification:
July 31, 2017
Camera Ready Version:
August 15, 2017
September 11-13, 2017
Co-located Event:
International Summer School on Companion Technology
September 9-13, 2017