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CFP : ICDAR 2021 Workshop on Human-Document Interaction

During the ICDAR 2021 conference (September 5-10, 2021, Lausanne, Switzerland), a workshop will be held on Human-Document Interaction (HDI). This workshop will take place on September 6, in Lausanne.

The 3rd edition of this workshop on Human-Document Interaction (HDI 2021) will focus on how humans interact with written information around them, and the interfaces between users and documents. The term document is meant here in the wider possible sense, to refer to any physical object that carries static or dynamic written information. The workshop aims to create a space for debate between the Document Image Analysis and Recognition and the Human-Computer Interaction communities. The organizers consider that initiating this dialogue is relevant and timely. HDI 2021 is motivated by the multitude of changes in the way we interact with written information around us, and the richness of information this interaction produces.

Scope and motivation

A number of recent developments point to a coming change of paradigm in the way we interact with written information around us. Physical and digital documents are finally settling to coexist in peace – connecting the two is empowering for both sides. Technology advances, such as in augmented reality, permit bringing forms of digital interaction to the physical world and vice versa, while the linking between the physical and the digital world is done in an increasingly more fluid and realistic manner. At the same time, a new generation of readers, conditioned by the affordances offered by electronic content and the new media types (e.g. blogs and social media posts), have developed distinct reading behaviours and new ways to interact with written content. Written content itself is becoming more dynamic and possible to adapt and change depending on the delivery methods used. Wearable sensors allow observing the user and introducing the user’s context in the loop, offering personalised services by intelligently linking written information with the user actions. Mobile cameras are changing, while at the same time, embedded 3D mobile cameras (computational and interactive) are already transforming the mobile camera function. Internet of things is evolving the way everyday objects (many of them carriers of text) can influence our actions. In this context, it would be useful to study the way humans interact with written information around them and ponder on the evolution of the paper document towards an interactive medium with possibly dynamically created/adapted content, or indeed on the evolution of written information in general, no matter how it is delivered, as an interactive (more than a passive) element in the reading process. Understanding the behaviour and needs of the reader, and the ability to link it in real time to the written information is important.

Topics of Interest

  • Augmented documents
  • Linking physical and digital content
  • Reading behaviour analysis
  • Human factors
  • User experience and usability
  • Wearable sensors in reading
  • Real-time / Anytime algorithms for document analysis
  • Content personalisation
  • Active learning (human in the loop)
  • Applications (e.g. document editing, interactive translation, collaborative editing)

Paper Submission

HDI 2021 invites the submission of original, previously unpublished work and welcomes, with some restrictions, submissions which are closely related to work submitted to ICDAR 2021. This workshop employs single-blind review, in which referees remain anonymous for the authors throughout the process. By submitting a paper to this Workshop all authors implicitly agree to be bound by the IAPR Ethical Requirements for Authors.

Since this year, the ICDAR main conference planned to publish the proceedings with Springer LNCS .


  • May 17: Workshop paper submission deadline
  • June 21: Workshop paper notification
  • July 5 : Workshop camera-ready paper submissions