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Special Issue "Human Centered Artificial Intelligence: Putting the Human in the Loop for Implementing Sensors Based Intelligent Environments"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensors and Robotics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Constantine Stephanidis
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1. Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Computer Science (ICS), Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab), GR-70013 Heraklion, Greece
2. Department of Computer Science, University of Crete, GR-70013 Heraklion, Greece
Interests: human–computer interactions; universal access; design for all; ambient intelligence; interaction in smart environments
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Dr. George Margetis
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Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Computer Science (ICS), Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab), Heraklion, GR-70013 Crete, Greece
Interests: human-centered AI; ambient intelligence; X-reality; intelligent user interfaces; universal access; design for all; human–computer interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ushering of artificial intelligence (AI) in our everyday life has already stimulated rich discussions with, on the one hand, enthusiastic forecasts about how AI technologies will support human activities and improve quality of life, and, on the other hand, dark scenarios about the potential pitfalls and dangers entailed. In light of the above, there is an urgent need for a human-centered AI approach that will not just aim to consider human needs and requirements, but, more importantly, will actively aim to put humans in the loop. Recent research efforts towards better explainability, trustworthiness, and transparency pinpoint this need as a prerequisite for harmonious human and autonomous system symbiosis.

In parallel, the unprecedented growth of the data generated from a vast number of sensors, cyber–physical and embedded systems, and IoT, which are already interwoven in our everyday life, lays the foundation for the fast pace developments of AI in general and machine learning in particular. However, this rapid evolution in the field of AI, associated with a remarkable depth of novel research contributions focusing on AI functionality, has not been accompanied by similar emphasis and progress on equally important fundamental aspects and design considerations advocated by the human-centered design process.

Keeping bridging this gap in mind, this Special Issue aims to solicit original and high quality research articles that consider the current evolvement of AI approaches under a human-centric approach in the development of intelligent environments. Exceptional contributions that extend previously published work will also be considered, provided that they contribute at least 60% new results. Authors of such submissions will be required to provide a clear indication of the new contributions and explain how this work extends the previously published contributions.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Active machine learning
  • Adaptive personal AI systems
  • Causal learning, causal discovery, causal reasoning, causal explanations, and causal inference
  • Cognitive computing
  • Decision making and decision support systems
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Explainable, accountable, transparent, and fair AI
  • Explanatory user interfaces and HCI for explainable AI
  • Ethical and trustworthy AI
  • Federated learning and cooperative intelligent information systems and tools
  • Gradient-based interpretability
  • Interaction modalities and devices: visual, 2D/3D, augmented reality, simulations, digital twin, conversational interfaces, and multimodal interfaces
  • Interactive machine learning
  • Interpretability in reinforcement learning
  • Human–AI interactions and intelligent user interfaces
  • Human–AI teaming
  • Natural language generation for explanatory models
  • Processes, tools, methods, user involvement, user research, evaluation, AI technology assessment and customization, and standards
  • Rendering of reasoning processes
  • Self-explanatory agents and decision support systems
  • Usability of human–AI interfaces

Dr. Constantine Stephanidis
Dr. George Margetis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Human-centered AI
  • Explainable AI
  • Human in the loop
  • Human–AI symbiosis
  • Ethical, trustworthy, transparent, and fair AI

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