First Symposium on Psychology-Based Technologies, organized jointly by Natural and Artificial Cognition Lab, University of Naples Federico II and Anthropos-Techne Association

First Symposium on Psychology-Based Technologies organized jointly by Natural and Artificial Cognition Lab, University of Naples Federico II and Anthropos-Techne Association 

The field of psychology has focused in the theoretical development and practical application of a huge body of predictive models with the purpose of explaining the functions and structures that determine how humans think and act in the world. In addition to that, psychological research has proposed a broad spectrum of different methodologies aimed at improving the general living conditions of people in various socio-economical contexts (health, work, family, school, interpersonal relations, etc.). This grounded set of scientific knowledge, professional practice and methodologies of intervention can be purposefully applied to the design and development of technologies that support the human psychological needs and compatible with each individual’s characteristics.

The First Symposium on Psychology-Based Technology aims at becoming a meeting point for all those who wish to present psychological theories and models that revolve around the improvement of the psychological and relational life of every individual. Selected contributions will concern the development of psychology-based technologies in their beginning phase (proof of concept), intermediate phase (prototypes without a user-experience research) and final phase (products adopted by end users).

In particular, we welcome contributions on topics that include (but not limited to):

  • Educational technologies (Serious games, MOOCs, technology enhanced learning, virtual reality applications)
  • Assistive technologies and assistive robotics (rehabilitation technologies, ambient-assisted living, technologies for the care of the elderly)
  • Computational psychometrics for cognitive assessment and training
  • Human-computer interaction
  • System adaptation and personalization based on cognitive and psychological characteristics
  • Intelligent user interface (adaptive virtual agents, smart multi-modal interfaces)
  • Cognitive and computational modelling

Moreover, during the Symposium, participants will have the chance to present the activities connected to on-going projects.

The First Symposium on Psychology-Based Technology is promoted by the Natural and Artificial Cognition Laboratory (NAC Lab) at the University of Naples Federico II and by the association Ànthropos-Technè. It will take place in Naples on 25-26th September 2019.

Call for papers and pre-organized sessions

The Program Committee requests original papers on the topics of the symposium. Please check terms and conditions for publication and topics.

The Program Committee is also requesting proposals for pre-organized sessions on a common topic with at least 3 contributions.


All submitted research contributions must represent original work and must be written in English (UK). Contributions are accepted in the following format:

– Long papers (maximum 10 pages)

– Short papers (maximum 5 pages)

All papers must be written in the LCNS (Springer) Format. General information for authors can be found here.

All submissions must be submitted through the official Easychair link:

If you wish to participate to the conference, we invite you to fill our pre-registration form, that will help us ensure a smooth conference organization.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by at least 2 experts in the field that are part of the program committee.

All accepted contributions will be included in the proceedings. Proceedings shall be submitted to  for online publication and will be indexed on Scopus, Google Scholar, DBLP etc.

Accepted long papers will be allocated a dedicated time slot during the conference day to present their research while accepted short papers will be presented as posters in a parallel poster session.

For each accepted paper, at least an author must register and attend the symposium.

Dates and fees

Full paper submission due: 30 June 2019

Acceptance notification: 31 July 2019

Start of registration: 31 July 2019

Symposium date: 25-26 September 2019


  • 25 September: San Marcellino Cloister – Largo S. Marcellino, 80138 Napoli NA
  • 26 September: Aula Piovani –  Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Via porta di Massa 1, 80133 Napoli NA

Registration fees

AIP members who will attend the “XXXII Congresso Nazionale AIP, Sezione di Psicologia dello Sviluppo e dell’Educazione, 23-25 September 2019 Napoli”: free

Early registration (by the 31st of August)

standard: €  150

student: € 100

Project dissemination: € 500

Late or onsite registration (after the 31st of August)

standard: € 170

student: € 120

Project dissemination: € 520

Payment methods

  • Bank transfer, using the information below:
To: Associazione Ànthropos | Technè

IBAN: IT39R0623003543000057623032


Reference: registration PsyBat 2019
Account n. 000057623032

Bank: Credit Agricole – Agenzia Piazza Bovio, 11 – CAP 80133 – Napoli
  • At the registration desk, on the days of the symposium

Committees members


  • Orazio Miglino – University of Naples Federico II and ISTC-CNR
  • Michela Ponticorvo – University of Naples Federico II

Organizing Committee – University of Naples “Federico II”

Programme Committee

  • Eleonora Bilotta – Università della Calabria
  • Stefano Cacciamani – Università della Valle d’Aosta
  • Angelo Cangelosi – University of Manchester – UK
  • Maurizio Cardaci – Università di Palermo
  • Pietro Cipresso – Università Cattolica Milano
  • Santo Di Nuovo – Università di Catania
  • Raffaele Di Fuccio – Smarted srl
  • Andrea Di Ferdinando – Smarted srl
  • Anna Esposito – Università della Campania – Luigi Vanvitelli
  • Henrik Hautop Lund – Denmark Technical University
  • Santa Iachini – Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
  • Beatrice Ligorio – Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”
  • Mauro Maldonato – Università di Napoli Federico II
  • Orazio Miglino – Università di Napoli Federico II
  • Stefano Nolfi – ISTC-CNR
  • Domenico Parisi – ISTC-CNR
  • Angelo Rega – IRFID srl
  • Carlo Ricci – Università Pontificia Salesiana
  • Giuseppe Riva – Università Cattolica – Milano
  • Gennaro Ruggiero – Università della Campania – Luigi Vanvitelli
  • Massimiliano Schembri – ISTC-CNR

Questions concerning your submission should be addressed to:

All questions about the conference organization should be emailed at the following address:

1° International Workshop on Learning and Assessment in Natural and Artificial System

LANAS 2018

1° International Workshop on Learning and Assessment in Natural and Artificial SystemLANAS 2018
26-27 settembre 2018
Aula Piovani – Department of Humanities Study –
University of Naples Federico II – Italy


Wednesday 26 september 2018

09:45 – 10:00: Welcome

10:00 – 10:40: Santo di Nuovo (Invited speaker) Psychological measurment and new technologies

University of Catania

10:40 – 11:00: Francesco Palumbo – Rosa Fabbricatore Mixture models for the analysis of WISC-IV dimensions: a multivariate approach to improve the assessment of intellectual functioning

University of Naples Federico II – Italy

11:00 – 11:20: Federica Truglio Educational robotics to support social relations at school

AORN Santobono-Pausilipon of Naples – Department of child neuropsychiatry – Italy

11:20 – 11:40 Coffe Break

11:40-12:20: Pietro Cipresso (Invited speaker) Computational Psychometrics: From Behavior to Modeling

I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Auxologico Italiano · Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab

12:20-12:40: Pasquale Dolce Toward an instrumental predictive-oriented approach in Psychology

University of Naples Federico II – Italy

12:40 – 13:00: Roberta Simeoli Micro-movements: an objective measure to assess autism spectrum disorder

University of Naples Federico II – Italy

13:00-13:20: Angelo Rega – Andrea Mennitto Technological aids for specialists supporting the acquisition of verbal behavior in persons with autism

IRFID – Institute for Research Training and Information on Disabilities – Italy

13:20-14:40: Lunch

14:40 – 15:20: Claudio Barbaranelli (Invited speaker) Psychological mesurement with implicit methods: the case of moral disengagement

15:20 – 15:40: Orazio Miglino Developing a connectionist trainer for artificial and natural learners

University of Naples Federico II – Italy

15:40 – 16:00: Nelson Mauro Maldonato – Raffaele Sperandeo What do we really mean by Psychotherapy? A topic-modeling analysis perspective.
University of Naples Federico II – Italy – SiPGI School in Integrated Gestalt Psychotherapy – Italy-

16:00-16:20: Onofrio Gigliotta Modelling individual differences in spatial attention through evolutionary algorithms: the case of pseudoneglect

University of Naples Federico II – Italy

16:20 – 16:40: Coffe Break

16:40 – 17:00: Antonio Cerrato The use of tangible interfaces and artificial intelligence systems to evaluate visuospatial cognition

University of Naples Federico II – Italy

17:00-17:20: Michela Ponticorvo Playing cards as a tool to assess and enhance numerical cognition

University of Naples Federico II – Italy

17:20-17:40: Daniela Pacella A statistical and computational model for predicting human negotiation styles

University of Plymouth – UK

17:40-18:30: Conclusive remarks

Santo Di Nuovo, Orazio Miglino, Claudio Barbaranelli, Mauro Maldonato.

Chair: Davide Marocco

20:30: Social Dinner


Thursday 27 september 2018

Current Projects and Future Ideas

10:00 – 10:20: 15 years of the Natural and Artificial Cognition Lab: at interface of psychology and technology

Orazio miglino University of Naples Federico II – Italy

10:20 – 10:40. Cognitive Empowerment for Enhancement Of Active And Healthy Aging

Silvana Miceli, Barbara Caci, Maurizio Cardaci, and Henrik Lund

University of Palermo (Italy) – University of Denmark (Denmark)

10:40 – 11:00: DOCENT: Digital Creativity Enhanced for Teacher Education

Michela Ponticorvo University of Naples Federico II – Italy

11:00 – 11:30 Coffe Break

11:30 – 11:50 The CHROME Project: knowledge representations, user modelling and multimodal interaction in a blend.

Francesco Cutugno & Antonio Origlia University “Federico II” of Naples – Italy

11:50 – 12:10 Accord: Conflict resolutionin multicultural school context

Davide Marocco University of Naples Federico II – Italy

12:10 – 13:00 Brainstorming for project ideas

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 14:50: Sage-Care: Demonstrating Machine Learning for Cancer Diagnostics: Preliminary results

Paul Walsh, Jennifer Lynch, Cintia Palu – Onofrio Gigliotta, Raffaele Di Fuccio
NSilico Life Science, Dublin, Ireland – University of Naples, Federico II – Italy

14:50 – 15:10: CODING: Codinc for social inclusion

Franco Rubinacci – University of Naples Federico II – Italy

15:10 – 15:30: MetaPlat: MOOCs as tools for scientific dissemination.

Orazio Miglino – University of Naples Federico II – Italy

15:30 – 15:50: Inf@nzia DIGI.tales.3.6 – improve learning pupils

Raffaele Di Fuccio – SMARTED srl

15:50 – 16:50: Brainstorming and farewell refreshments