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Call: CHI 2011 Workshop on Large Displays in Urban Life

Call for Participation
CHI 2011 Workshop on Large Displays in Urban Life – from Exhibition Halls to Media Facades
Submission DL 14th of January 2011
http://largedisplaysinurbanlife.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/

The goal of this one-day CHI 2011 workshop is to cross-fertilize insights from different disciplines, to establish a more general understanding of large interactive displays in public urban contexts, and to develop an agenda for future research directions in this area. Rather than focusing on paper presentations, this workshop aims to trigger active and dynamic group discussions around the following topics:

Beyond Playful Interaction

A number of studies found that large display installations invite for playful interaction but often fail to convey meaningful experiences related to content. This raises the following questions:

  • How can we design installations that endure people’s attention past the initial novelty effect and direct the interest toward the content?
  • What design strategies can be applied to promote an active individual and social exploration and discussion of the presented information?

Character of Interaction

A number of interaction techniques have been explored for large displays in public spaces ranging from interaction via cell phones, to direct-touch or full body interaction. We would like to discuss:

  • How do different interaction methods shape people’s experience of large display installations in urban spaces?
  • How do interaction methods differ from each other in terms of triggering interaction and engagement with the presented content?

Evaluation

Different quantitative and qualitative methods have been applied to evaluate people’s experience and use of large display installations in public spaces. During the workshop we would like to discuss:

  • How can we evaluate the “success” of large display installations in urban spaces?
  • How can particular aspects of public large display installations such as engagement be evaluated?
  • What kind of evaluation methods are most effective in different progress stages (design phase/installment phase)?

We see this workshop as an opportunity to start thinking about a general framework that can inform the design and evaluation of large interactive displays in different urban contexts. With a diverse research community present at the workshop we hope to come up with an agenda for future research directions in this area.

Submission details

Submit a position paper (maximum 4 pages) to largedisplaysinurbanlife@gmail.com by January 14, 2011 using the CHI extended abstract format. The paper should describe experiences, works in progress, or theories around designing and/or evaluating large interactive displays in public urban settings. We plan to explore approaches and insights from different disciplines to this topic so submissions from art, architecture, design, HCI, media theory, and social science are highly encouraged. We welcome all methodological approaches and techniques centered around the topic of large interactive displays in urban life.

At least one author of each accepted position paper needs to register for the workshop and for one or more days of the CHI conference itself.

Organizing Committee

  • Uta Hinrichs, University of Calgary
  • Nina Valkanova, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  • Kai Kuikkaniemi, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology
  • Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology
  • Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary
  • Ernesto Arroyo, Universitat Pompeu Fabram, Barcelona

Schedule

Submission Deadline: January 14, 2011
Notification of acceptance: February 11, 2011
Workshop: May 7 or 8, 2011 (final date to be announced)

Links

http://largedisplaysinurbanlife.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/

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