Workload Assessment Workshop

Call for participation

Workload Assessment Workshop: Now accepting papers for presentation on the subject of workload measurement at the OzCHI 2016 conference.

When considering the human element in a technological environment, one of the age-old questions is, “how hard is the individual working, in relation to her/his overall capacity?” We will explore the techniques being developed / employed by CHI researchers, and invite theoretical perspectives on this issue. What is workload? How is it best measured? How do the relevant constructs differ across fields of application, including transportation, systems control, user experience, and military application? Further, this venue will provide researchers an opportunity to present work from the diverse domains in which such issues are being considered. Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to: automation of transportation systems; trust in automation; Measurement of workload; Theoretical and practical views on cognitive / mental workload; assessment of team workload.

Importantly, we invite theoretical papers, specifically on the meaning of the construct ‘workload’, and how it relates to performance and task failure. Are there particular reasons to adopt specific phraseology in an operational definition of workload? What elements would such a ‘gold standard’ definition require? How can this decision be justified? Essential to the task of measuring workload, is the preliminary requirement of defining the construct, lest the metric become the construct itself.

Papers in the ‘short paper’ format (4 pages) will be reviewed for presentation in 15 minute time slots, while opportunities for both paper-specific and general discussion will be provided.

Important dates

  • Position paper submission deadline: August 26th, 2016
  • Notification to Authors: September 23, 2016
  • Camera Ready Version: October 30, 2016
  • Workshop : Nov 29th


Submissions must be no more than 4 pages and follow the OzCHI template

Please send your submission via email to:


Accepted papers will be published in CEUR Workshop Proceedings

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Martin Lochner, CSIRO

I am a cognitive psychologist with long-term interest and application in: vision and attention, transportation-related Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction/Human Machine Interaction, Automation, User Interface Assessment and Cognitive Engineering. I have worked with various commercial, government, and industrial entities, applying research methodology to a broad range of real world problems, including driver distraction, assessment and development of user interface for transportation systems, benchmarking, training, and individual and team workload assessment.  My main application domains are road and maritime transportation, with some work in the health domain.  My most recent appointment is as a post-doctoral fellow with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), working with the Cognitive Informatics group, as part of the Autonomous Systems division.  I also hold an Adjunct Lecturer position with the University of Tasmania

I am currently involved with several projects focused on the measurement of human workload, including individual and team workload, in maritime and UAV-operation applications.


Dr. Andreas Duenser, CSIRO

Andreas is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSIRO, Data61, in Hobart, Australia. He received his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria. Before joining the CSIRO he worked at the HIT Lab NZ (University of Canterbury, Christchurch) as a post-doctoral fellow and then research scientist, with secondments at research labs in Austria, Finland and Korea.

Andreas’ main research interest is the convergence of psychology, and emerging interactive technology. Combining these areas opens up interesting research opportunities that only partially been explored. Investigating psychological and cognitive aspects of interacting with emerging technologies have shaped Andreas’ research in: HCI research with emerging interactive technologies such as mixed reality and psychophysiology based interfaces; Evaluation methods for novel interfaces and interactive technologies; Designing novel interactive technologies for edutainment, training and healthcare.


Prof. Andrew Heathcote, UTAS

I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a B.Sc. in Physics and Psychology and honours in Psychology in 1984. After a PhD as a Commonwealth Postgraduate Fellow at the Queen’s University in Canada I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in the USA. In 1992 I took at post at the University of Newcastle, where I became Head of the School, an ARC Professorial Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and founded the Newcastle Cognition Laboratory ( In 2015 I took up a research chair at University of Tasmania and founded the Tasmanian Cognition Laboratory ( My current research focuses on human memory and skill acquisition, and on the neural and cognitive processes that enable people to make rapid choices.


Mr. Luke Strickland, UTAS

I have recently moved from the University of Western Australia, where I performed my PhD research, to join the Tasmanian Cognition Laboratory. My PhD thesis examines Prospective Memory (PM), which refers to the cognitive processes required to remember to perform future intended actions in the absence of a reminder. One aim of my thesis is to assess how PM induced changes in response speed correspond to the capacity requirements of the PM task. My primary role at UTas is to coordinate an ARC-funded research programme applying computational models of decision making to complex, “real-world” tasks such as air traffic control and maritime surveillance. This programme includes subjective measures of workload, estimation of the effects of workload via models of response speed and accuracy, as well as converging measurement of workload with the detection response task (Strayer et al, in press).


Mr. Ronnie Taib, Data61 – CSIRO

Ronnie Taib has spent more than 10 years researching how to measure and manage cognitive load. In particular, he focused on physiological and behavioural indicators of load from signals such as galvanic skin response, EEG, speech, eye gaze or posture. This work has been used in applications ranging from road/air control, elite sport training, call centre recruitment and vehicle driving.


Dr. Ben Brooks, UTAS

Benjamin Brooks is a human factors researcher in the National Centre for Ports and Shipping at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania. Ben has 20 years of experience as an applied researcher and consultant. He currently works on research in areas such as innovation in high risk environments, system design, safety culture, decision-making, and the measurement of human performance – in particular stress, workload and cognition. He works with a range of stakeholders including regulators, private companies, pilotage organisations, port authorities, and emergency management agencies.


Prof. Margareta Lutzhoft

Margareta Lützhöft is a master mariner, trained at Kalmar Maritime Academy in Sweden. After leaving the sea, she studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive science and a Master’s in Computer Science. In December 2004 she received a PhD in Human-Machine Interaction. Presently she is holding a position as Professor of Nautical studies at the Australian Maritime College. Her research interests include human-centered design and the effects of new technology.


Program Committee

A suitable program committee will be recruited to ensure strong promotion of the event and high standards in peer review for submission.