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Call for Papers
CoPDA 2023 – 7th International Workshop on Cultures of Participation in the Digital Age: Artificial and/or Human Intelligence: Nurturing Computational Fluency in the Digital Age
June 6th, 2023 – Cagliari, Italy

In conjunction with IS-EUD 2023 (

In the Middle Ages, most people were dependent on “scribes”, who helped them to write down their thoughts, ideas, and stories, as well as to read the material written by other people. Many people today are in the same situation concerning digital media: they are unable to express themselves, explore problem spaces, and appropriate tools, and act as designers in personally meaningful activities. They must rely on “high-tech scribes”.
This 7th edition of the CoPDA workshop series will explore new conceptual frameworks and innovative computational environments for supporting computational fluency allowing people to become independent of “high-tech scribes”. The workshop will be in continuity with the edition held in 2022 in Frascati (Rome) focused on the relationship between AI and Human-Centered Design. An important challenge for the researchers getting together in the workshop this year will be to explore the foundational idea(s) that these workshops have pursued and how they are related to each other. A particular objective of all previous CoPDA workshops has been to collectively identify important and interesting themes for future workshops and our hope and expectation is that this will happen again this year by exploring conceptual frameworks and socio-technical environments making Computational Fluency a desirable and reachable goal for all citizens.
A student who has proficient skills in computational fluency would be able to use strategies together with the facts he or she knows how to identify a more challenging problem or another representation of the solution. This is a step beyond Digital Literacy, which focuses on mastering the tool in use (e.g.: keyboarding, surfing the internet, proficiency with digital environments for reading, writing, calculating, and communication), and beyond Computational Literacy, which focuses on solving known problems in efficient ways, including the use of coding. Digital Literacy and Computational Literacy (at least some parts) are a prerequisite for Computational Fluency, which emphasizes pursuing personal meaningful problems and shared meaningful activities. Computational Fluency shows mastery and appropriation of computational concepts by allowing one to address new and wicked problems in a creative manner. These abilities cannot be formally taught but can be nurtured, encouraged, and supported with socio-technical environments and education programs that foster reflection, creativity, and sharing.

The workshop aims to discuss Computational Fluency in the Digital Age by considering several topics including (but not limited to):
– Computational Thinking
– Design Thinking
– Printed Fluency
– Digital Fluency
– Human-centered AI (HCAI)
– Explainability of AI-based decisions
– Evaluation of AI-based systems
– AI support in everyday work
– ChatGPT: Promises and Pitfalls
– Big data and privacy
– Adaptive, Adaptable, and Context-Aware Systems
– End-User Development and Meta-Design
– End-User Development for AI-based systems
– Design Trade-offs between AI and EUD
– Distributed cognition
– Cultures of participation
– Multi-dimensional aspects of learning
– Collaborative learning
– Educational nurturing

Authors are invited to submit a 6-page position paper using the 1-column CEUR template available at An Overleaf page for LaTeX users is also available at
The papers can be submitted at:
All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee.
Accepted papers will be collected and submitted for publication on CEUR-WS proceedings.

Important dates
– Apr 30th, 2023: Submission deadline (Extended)
– May 10th, 2023: Notification of acceptance (Extended)
– May 17th, 2023: Camera ready (Extended)
– Jun 6th, 2023: CoPDA 2023 workshop

Organizing Committee
Barbara Rita Barricelli (Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy)
Gerhard Fischer (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
Daniela Fogli (Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy)
Anders Mørch (University of Oslo, Norway)
Antonio Piccinno (Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy)
Stefano Valtolina (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)

For any further information, please contact

Prof. Antonio Piccinno
Dipartimento di Informatica – Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”
via Orabona, 4 – 70125 Bari, Italy
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Tel. +39 080 5442535 / Fax. +39 080 5443300
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