January 11, 2007

CFP: Supple Interfaces

by Andrew Stern · , 10:26 am

(I’m overly late posting this call for papers, since they’re due tomorrow, but perhaps the organizers are open to time extensions if needed.)

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Supple Interfaces: Designing and evaluating for richer human connections and experiences

This workshop aims to create a common language for discussing research challenges and progress made in designing and evaluating “supple” interfaces. Supple interfaces aim to build richer connections between people as well as deeper emotional experiences through interface. Examples include affective interactive systems, games, and relationship-building systems. For these kinds of applications, the CHI community is struggling with a new set of design values and accompanying challenges that can be hard to articulate and thus to advance as a community. These application spaces and interaction modes require an emphasis on the quality of experience rather than outcome, and often involve subtleties of the dynamics of engagement with such interfaces and with others through these interfaces. Through hands-on experiences (including play with next-generation game controllers from Nintendo), presentations, and active discussion during the day, we hope to make a start at creating a coherent working framework for this area that can be shared with the larger CHI community.

Your 2-4 page submission should indicate:

-Experience in designing/evaluating interfaces that could be categorized as supple
interfaces.
-Primary stance at the workshop—what you have to contribute, whether it is presenting
an example system in some form, presenting an evaluation or design method, or
presenting relevant theoretical context for supple interface design and evaluation.
-Primary goals in attending—what you hope to leave with, whether it’s new techniques for
evaluation or design, a more coherent grounding in theory that can help shape decisionmaking,
resources for tackling specific sub-problems you have been facing, or other
outcome goals.

Decisions about which proposals to accept will be made based upon the overall goal of
bringing together a dynamic mix of researchers and practitioners who can help to elucidate
key challenges and considerations in designing and evaluating supple interfaces, for the
larger CHI community.

Chosen participants will be notified by February 1, so they are able to get the early-bird
registration discount. At least one author of accepted submissions will need to register for
the workshop and for one day of the conference itself. Workshop fees for participants in
2007 are estimated to be $150 for a one-day workshop.

Submit papers to Katherine Isbister (isbisk -at- rpi -dot- edu) by January 12th, 2007.