Human-Data Interaction Committee

The Human-Data Interaction (HDI) committee is a permanent committee of the EC3 and reports to the Board. This committee has the responsibility for promoting the research and innovation agenda of EC3 on all matters relevant to human-data interaction.



The design, construction and operation of assets within the built environment at every level, ranging from an individual system to entire cities, is now pervaded by data that is generated by ubiquitous computing and sensing technologies. The physical world is becoming a platform for generating data on the workings of human society, its interactions with the physical environment, and other economics, politics, and social interactions. Understanding how interactions between humans and data are changing across these asset levels and project phases can unravel new insights across the engineering, social and management domains, and the underpinning research methodologies.

The purpose of the Human Data Interaction Committee (HDI) of the EC3 is to foster and lead the research debate about HDI in engineering and construction projects and the operation of the built environment. It will represent the EC3 voice who will liaise with relevant industry and policy stakeholders (industry associations/societies, communities of practice, funding bodies, and policymakers) to identify priorities for research and education in HDI. It will strive to spearhead HDI research and practice in the selected areas of priorities and will support existing and new conferences and journals in relation to HDI topics in engineering and construction projects and the operation of the built environment.

The HDI committee will investigate:

  • Theories, methodologies and methods involved in emerging HDI;
  • Paradigms and frameworks for analysis, design and application of HDI;
  • Development and evaluation of platforms, architectures or component technologies that underpin interactions between human actors and the data systems within projects and the built environment;
  • Evaluation of existing technologies and designs through different testing methods (experiments, simulations, case studies, benchmarks, etc.);
  • Understanding of users and their behaviours to inform the improvement and the design of new systems and/or policies;
  • Extending interactions through the development of new uses and techniques; and
  • Ethics and implications: understanding individual and societal implications and consequences of emerging interactions and novel uses of ICT and AI-related applications.


Members of the HDI committee

 The HDI committee is currently run by the following officer:

Position Person Country
Chair Dr Mohammad Kassem
Northumbria University
Vice-Chair Dr Ana Roxin
University of Burgundy
Members Prof Dr Daniel Hall
ETH Zürich
Dr Peter Demian
Loughborough University
Dr Dragana Nikolić
University of Reading
Dr Silvia Mastrolembo Ventura
University of Brescia, Italy
Dr. Pedro Mêda
Porto University
Dr Gulben Calis
Ege University
Secretary Mrs Jane Li
Northumbria University