After the success of the 1st edition , we are glad to present the 2nd International Symposium on Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications (H-WORKLOAD 2018) which will be held in Amsterdam (September 20-21, 2018) at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands.

The scientific programme of H-WORKLOAD 2018 will consist of regular and technical contributions reviewed and selected by an international programme committee, as well as keynote talks and tutorials given by leading experts in their fields.

The symposium aims to become the premier event for discussion of emerging research on mental workload, its models and applications. It will bring together researchers and practitioners from different disciplines including human factors, computer science, psychology, education, and neuroscience and provide a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and technologies between a worldwide audience of academics and industrial scientists. MWL_intersection

A special session on mental workload and aviation will be facilitated by the the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR).

We solicit submissions, in the form of FULL and SHORT papers, on previously unpublished research work on human mental workload covering all disciplines and domains. Example areas include but are not limited to:

Mental workload theory and frameworks

  • Formal models of mental workload
  • Computational mental workload
  • Dimension and metrics of mental workload
  • Cognitive load theory
  • Human information processing
  • Cognitive capacity

Measurement of mental workload

  • Physiological measures
  • Self-report and subjective measures
  • Analytic measures
  • Computational and big data measures
  • Neurological measures

Mental workload in context

  • Impact of fatigue
  • Overload and underload effects
  • Impact on operators and operations
  • Safety and risk
  • Team load and collaborative aspects
  • Distributed cognition
  • Impact on performance
  • Impact on situation awareness

Applications of mental workload in practice

  • Mental workload and interaction design
  • Mental workload and human machine interfaces
  • Mental workload and user experience
  • Mental workload and assistive technologies
  • Mental workload in education and instructional design
  • Mental workload and simulation
  • Mental workload and prototyping
  • Mental workload in large scale open and decentralised environments
  • Mental workload and user studies

Mental workload in safety critical domains

  • Transportation (road, rail, aviation, maritime)
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Oil and gas
  • Process industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Nuclear

All accepted papers (full and short) will be published in the digital conference proceedings and a selection of papers will be chosen for a special volume published by Springer in the Series CCIS: Communications in Computer and Information Science.
CCIS is abstracted/indexed in DBLP, Google Scholar, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago, Scopus. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.

Guidelines on paper preparation and submission can be found here.

All accepted speakers must register for the conference to be included in the final programme and proceedings.


The conference is supported by:

  • Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR)
  • Irish Ergonomics Society
  • Springer