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Soheil Human

Soheil Human MSc.
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About me:
Soheil Human has an interdisciplinary and mixed background in Information Systems (Computer Science, Data Science, and AI), Cognitive Science, Science-Technology-Society (STS), and Digital Economics. Currently, he is the director of Sustainable Computing Lab, the head of Sustainable Human-centric Systems Research Group and an associated faculty member at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), as well as a Lecturer at the University of Vienna. He leads and manages several interdisciplinary research projects and initiatives (listed below) and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to his current position at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Soheil Human conducted research and managed multidisciplinary projects in several universities and institutes, including Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austrian Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Research Studios Austria (RSA), etc. Besides his academic career, he has been coaching and consulting more than 50 start-ups and corporations. Moreover, he has been involved in diverse projects run by national and international NGOs or agencies, such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Soheil Human is engaged in a broad research portfolio aiming to empower humans and develop sustainable solutions in the digital society. In particular, he is interested in studying humans' experiences in different digital contexts and environments. Besides, improving humans' cognitive, collective, and contextual experiences through developing novel sustainable sociotechnical systems is one of his other complementary fields of research, which can be framed as Human-centric and sustainable digital transformation. In his projects, he conducts multidisciplinary research on human needs & values, digital privacy, human-centric information systems, algorithmic accountability, algorithmic biases, dark and bright patterns, digital nudging, and the impact of digital systems on humans' perception and decision making. Soheil Human applies a wide range of theories and methods from Information Systems, HCI, Cognitive Science and Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, Science–Technology–Society, Philosophy, as well as Cognitive & Digital Economics in his research. His other research interests involve digital consenting and agency, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, and socio-technical imaginaries. **Homepage:** [https://nm.wu.ac.at/nm/human](https://nm.wu.ac.at/nm/human) **Sustainable Computing Lab:** [https://www.sustainablecomputing.eu](https://www.sustainablecomputing.eu)
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Awards and Honors

WU Award for Outstanding Reserach Achievements
WU Award for the Acquisition of Third-Party Funding (EXPEDiTE Project)
WU Award for the Acquisition of Third-Party Funding (OpeNeeD Project)
KESW2017 Best paper award for "Societal Challenges"


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  • Cognitive Modelling
  • Digital Transformation
  • Human-centric Digital Economy
  • Information Economics
  • Information Business & Infonomics
  • Knowledge Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Economics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Privacy
  • Semantic Web
  • Sustainable Computing
  • Sustainable Computing
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Philosophy of Science


Position in scientific committee
  2021 COnSeNT 2021, co-located with IEEE Euro S&P 2021 - Program Committee Member
  2019 Workshop on Engineering Accountable Information Systems - Program Committee Member
  2019-2020 The ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT* 2020) - Program Committee Member
Position in jury, advisory board, curatorship
  since 2019 Department of Information Systems & Operations, Vienna University of Economics and Business - Member of Department Conference
Editor of a scientific journal
  2021 Journal of Responsible Technology - Guest Editor
  2021-2022 Electronic Markets The International Journal on Networked Business - Guest-editor
Reviewer for an international conference
  2019 ICIS 2019 – International Conference on Information Systems - Reviewer
Organization scientific meeting (Conference etc.)
  2021 Sustainable Computing Lab - Lecture Series on Online Privacy and Consenting
  2020-2021 HICSS 54 - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Chair (Mini-track on "Human-centricity and End-user Empowerment in a Sustainable Digital Economy")
  2019 MyData Conference - Session chair
  2019-2020 HICSS 53 - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Chair (Mini-track on "End-user Empowerment in the Digital Age"))
Organization other meeting (Excursion etc.)
  since 2019 Vienna Cognitive Science - Organiser of the Vienna Cognitive Science Meet-ups
  since 2019 MyData Austria Meetups - Co-host
  2019 Excursion to "s IT Solutions" - Organiser
Attendance scientific meeting (Conference etc.)
  2019 Expert Workshop on Ethical and Legal Challenges of New ICT and Security/Cybersecurity - Invited External Expert
Other occupation
  since 2019 MyData Hub Austria - Co-founder


Journal article

2019 Human, Soheil, Neumann, Gustaf, Peschl, Markus F. 2019. [How] Can Pluralist Approaches to Computational Cognitive Modeling of Human Needs and Values Save our Democracies? Intellectica. 70 165-180. open access (Details)

Contribution to conference proceedings

2022 Human, Soheil, Neumann, Gustaf, Alt, Rainer. 2022. A Call for Interdisciplinary Research on Applied Human-centricity in a Sustainable Digital Economy. In Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hrsg. HICSS, 4695-4696. Hawaii, USA: - open access (Details)
  Human, Soheil, Alt, Rainer, Habibnia, Hooman, Neumann, Gustaf. 2022. Human-centric Personal Data Protection and Consenting Assistant Systems: Towards a Sustainable Digital Economy. 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, United States/USA, 03.01.-07.01. open access (Details)
2020 Alt, Rainer, Human, Soheil, Neumann, Gustaf. 2020. End-user Empowerment in the Digital Age. In Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hrsg. Tung Bui, 4099-4101. Hawaii, United States: None. open access (Details)
  Human, Soheil, Gsenger, Rita, Neumann, Gustaf. 2020. End-user Empowerment: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. In Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hrsg. Tung Bui, 4102-4111. Hawaii, United States: None. open access (Details)
2018 Human, Soheil, Peschl, Markus, Bidabadi, Golnaz, Savenkov, Vadim. 2018. An Enactive Theory of Need Satisfaction. In PT-AI 2017: Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017, Hrsg. Vincent C. Müller, 40-42. Leeds: Springer. (Details)
  Human, Soheil, Bidabadi, Golnaz, Savenkov, Vadim. 2018. Supporting Pluralism by Artificial Intelligence: Conceptualizing Epistemic Disagreements As Digital Artifacts. In PT-AI 2017: Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017, Hrsg. Vincent C. Müller, 190-193. Leeds: Springer. (Details)
2017 Human, Soheil, Fahrenbach, Florian, Kragulj, Florian, Savenkov, Vadim. 2017. Ontology for Representing Human Needs. In Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web, Hrsg. Przemysław Różewski, Christoph Lange, 195-210. Szczecin: Springer. (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2021 Pandit, Harshvardhan J., Human, Soheil, Kazzazi, Seyedeh Mandan. 2021. [How] Do Users Benefit From Giving Consent? 5th Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection (ConPro ’21), co-located with the 42th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, Oakland, United States/USA, 27.05.-27.05. open access (Details)
  Wagner, Benjamin, Winkler, Till, Human, Soheil. 2021. Bias in Geographic Information Systems: The Case of Google Maps. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS54), Hawaii, United States/USA, 05.01-08.01. open access (Details)
  Human, Soheil. 2021. Contextuality and Intersectionality of E-Consent: A Human-centric Reflection on Digital Consenting in the Emerging Genetic Data Markets, co-located with 6th IEEE EuroS&P. 1st International Workshop on Consent Management in Online Services, Networks and Things (COnSeNT 2021), co-located with 6th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P), Vienna, Austria, 07.09.-07.09. (Details)
2019 Kirchner, Niklas, Human, Soheil, Neumann, Gustaf. 2019. Context-Sensitivity of Informed Consent: The Emergence of Genetic Data Markets. Workshop on Engineering Accountable Information Systems, Uppsala, Sweden, 08.06.-14.06. (Details)
  Aybar, Kemal Ozan, Human, Soheil, Gsenger, Rita. 2019. Digital Inequality: Call for Sociotechnical Privacy management Approaches. Workshop on Engineering Accountable Information Systems, Uppsala, Sweden, 08.06.-14.06. (Details)
  Human, Soheil. 2019. Human-centricity, GDPR, and the Future of Digital Consenting. Workshop on New Challenges in Law and Technology, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, Vienna, Austria, 25.03. (Details)
  Human, Soheil. 2019. Pluralism, Computational Cognitive Modeling and Human-empowerment in the Digital World. MyData 2019, Helsinki, Finland, 25.09.-27.09. (Details)
  Human, Soheil. 2019. Roadmap to Human-centric Digital Economy. MyData 2019 Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 25.09.-27.09. (Details)
2018 Human, Soheil, Wagner, Benjamin. 2018. Is Informed Consent Enough? Considering Predictive Approaches to Privacy. CHI2018 Workshop on Exploring Individual Differences in Privacy, Montreal, Canada, 21.04. (Details)

Poster presented at an academic conference or symposium

2019 Wagner, Benjamin, Winkler, Till, Human, Soheil, Peer, Stefanie. 2019. Do Smartphone Apps Influence Mode ChoiceBehavior among Viennese Citizens? Anniversary Fund of the City of Vienna Network Meeting, Vienna, Österreich, 03.12.2019. (Details)
2017 Human, Soheil, Bidabadi, Golnaz, Peschl, Markus. 2017. Learning to Satisfy Needs: Predictive Processing vs. Deep Learning. EUCognition, Zurich, Switzerland, 23.11.-24.11. (Details)


2021 Human, Soheil, Schrems, Max, Tober, Alan, v, Gerben, Wagner, Ben. 2021. Advanced Data Protection Control (ADPC). open access (Details)


Human—Sustainable:Digital (2021-2023) (Details)
Human—Digital:Sustainability (2021-2023) (Details)
The Emerging Application of Blockchain-based Traceability Technologies in Online Shopping: A Human-centric Evaluation (2020-2020) (Details)
Towards Realization of Accountable Multi-modal Smart Mobility in Vienna: Do Smartphone Apps Influence Mode Choice Behavior among Viennese Citizens? The Role of User-interface Design in Influencing Users’ Mobility Behaviour in Vienna (2019-2020) (Details)
Really Enforceable Solution to Protect End-users Consent & Tracking Decisions (2019-2020) (Details)
EXPloring opportunities and challenges for Emerging personal DaTa Ecosystems: Empowering humans in the age of the GDPR (2018-2020) (Details)
Incentivising Open Data Exploration through Needs Management (2017-2018) (Details)