Human-Data Interaction Committee

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


The physical world is becoming a platform for generating data on the workings of human society, its interactions with the physical environment, and other economic, political, and social interactions. 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. 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. It will support existing and new conferences and journals concerning 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 comprises of the following people:


Position Person Country
Chair Dr Jennifer Li
Northumbria University
Vice-Chair Dr Diego Calvetti
Porto University
Past-Chair Prof Mohammad Kassem
Newcastle University
Past-Chair Associate Prof Ana Roxin
University of Bourgogne France-Comté
Secretary Mahir Msawil
Northumbria University
Members Dr Mahendrini Ariyachandra
University of Cambridge
Associate Prof Gülben Calis
Ege University
Assistant Prof Patrick Dallasega
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Dr Peter Demian
Loughborough University
Assistant Prof Dimosthenis Kifokeris
Chalmers University
Prof Christian Koch
Aalborg University
Associate Prof Dragana Nikolić
University of Reading
Dr May Shayboun
Halmstad University
Assistant Prof Silvia Mastrolembo Ventura
University of Brescia, Italy
Assistant Prof Marijana Sreckovic
TU Wien
Dr Sujesh Sujan
Mott MacDonald and NTNU
Nabih Mousharbash
Universita Politecnico della Marche
Assistant Prof Ranjith Soman
TU Delft
Dr Xiang Xie
Newcastle University