Organizers

Julio Abascal is a Professor of the Department of Computer Architecture and Technology at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Basque Country, Spain), where he has worked since 1981. He directs the Egokituz: Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs, focused on the application of Human-Computer Interaction methods to Assistive Technology, including the design of ubiquitous, adaptable, and accessible user interfaces, and assistive human-robot interfaces. He also researches methods and tools to improve sensory, physical and cognitive accessibility to the Web.

Cezary Biele is a Head of Laboratory of Interactive Technologies at the National Information Processing Institute. He is a human-computer interaction and human technology interaction researcher with a background in psychology and psychophysiology. His main research area is interaction with new technologies (virtual reality, intelligent voice assistants, gaze-controlled interaction) among children and older adults. He was a co-chair of a remotely organized 8th Machine Intelligence and Digital Interaction Conference 2020.

Gabriela Górska is a junior researcher in National Information Processing Institute and a PhD candidate at the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies. She is interested in the research on social processed such as empathy, compassion, prejudice and discrimination, along with the studies on mindfulness meditation. She was responsible for guiding short meditations online for the participants for the 8th Machine Intelligence and Digital Interaction Conference in December 2020.

Jaroslaw Kowalski is a Senior Research Specialist in National Information Processing Institute, Warsaw, Poland. He is pursuing his doctoral dissertation about connected technologies and their relation to human “self”. One of his main areas of interest are social and psychological aspects of new technologies (i.e. Internet of Things, Smart Environment), digital society and sociology of innovation. Author and co-author of several articles from the area of human-technology interaction.

Effie Law is a full professor in Human-Computer Interaction, School of Informatics, University of Leicester, UK.  Her main research focus is Usability and User Experience (UX) methodologies which are applicable to various domains, including technology-enhanced learning, games and gamification, health and wellbeing. Effie has chaired two COST Actions – MAUSE focusing on usability and TwinTide on UX – and played a leading role in other European and national research projects to which she has contributed her HCI expertise.  Her recent work is on the measurability and theoretical frameworks of UX and automatic multisensory emotion detection.

Bartosz Muczyński is a junior researcher at Maritime University of Szczecin, Poland where he leads the laboratory of virtual and augmented reality systems and is a VR developer at National Information Processing Institute, Warsaw, Poland. He is interested in how VR technology can influence social interactions, especially during COVID-19 pandemic. He was leading a technical organization of the 8th Machine Intelligence and Digital Interaction Conference in 2020 and helped co-organizing several online events.

Abiodun Ogunyemi is a Research Fellow of Digital Transmission and Lifelong Learning at Tallinn University. His backgrounds are in Computer Science, Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. His research interests are in designing engagement for technology-enhanced environments, usability capability assessment, measurement of digital transformation impacts, adaptive and lifelong learning and human-centred software engineering.

Mariusz Wierzbowski is a Research and Technical Specialist at National Information Processing Institute, Warsaw, Poland, having a PhD in Electronics. His research interests are in data analysis and machine learning and their applications to Human-Computer Interaction in Virtual Reality. He was a part of a technical team of the 8th Machine Intelligence and Digital Interaction Conference 2020.

Aldona Zdrodowska is a Social Psychologist specializing in Human-Computer Interaction and Media Psychology.  Experienced UX researcher and enthusiast, data analyst and university lecturer. Her main research focus is UX, HCI and social and psychological aspects of the new media and technology use. She participated in several nationally and internationally funded research projects, both academic and business-oriented, among them EU Kids Online – as a researcher for the Polish team (since 2008). She is currently working as a senior R&D specialist in the Interactive Technologies Laboratory (National Information Processing Institute, Warsaw). She also teaches Social Psychology, Internet Psychology and Statistics courses at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. 
She was a Publication Officer of a remotely organized 8th Machine Intelligence and Digital Interaction Conference 2020.