H13: Human Awareness Computing: Independent Computing: Management of Highly Intelligent Machine/Computer in Hybrid World

Paper Submission for H13

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With the supports of advanced computational network paradigms, people tend to make themselves available online, which often manifests their willingness of placing almost everything (e.g., data, private information) on the Web (or Hyper World). By the increasing dependency of human beings on more and more complex computer networking paradigms, some challenging questions have come to our mind that “How can these highly-intelligent computers be well managed by human beings who may have less intelligence than computers?”;“Will human beings lose control in the computer-connected world when computers do not perform as originally designed?,” and etc. Issues regarding Trust/Dependable Computing paradigms have been discussed recently to relieve the concern, but however, it is never possible to obtain fully trustable or dependable computers when these computers’ intelligence is way higher than their creators, i.e., human beings. Thus issues concerning the independence of human beings in such computing environment, especially in emergency scenarios, remains a challenge to be considered. The term “Independent Computing” is not the intention to separate human beings from the connected world totally, but attempt to provide vital solutions for human beings. Independent Computing targets potential solutions to the following issues, but not limited: (1) How human beings can be shielded from the potential damages or dangers caused by the excessive information overload (or vague use of social technologies) in various computing paradigms; (2) How human beings can survive if the infrastructures of networks and information systems are significantly damaged due to natural disasters, or caused by adversary activities (e.g., hacking, terrorist attacks); and (3) How human beings can live if the computing paradigms or part of it become self-aware (e.g., using our data without permission, trying to control human behaviors, etc.), and turns against human beings.


  • Cross-disciplinary computing paradigms
  • Understandings (infrastructure, framework, and etc.) of human-machine systems
  • Understanding the impact of massive sensory information on human cognitive activity
  • Methods towards definition between human and machine
  • Cybernetics and Human-Machine Systems
  • Human-awareness/intelligence versus Machine-awareness/intelligence
  • Anticipatory Computing, Ubiquitous/Pervasive/Multimedia/Social Computing, etc.
  • Reliability, trust and security
  • Computing for sustainability
  • Applications, systems, and services
  • Practices, Surveys, and Case Studies”

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