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Kenton O'Hara <[log in to unmask]>
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CSCW 2002 Workshop on Public, Community and Situated Displays:
Design, use and interaction around shared information displays

Saturday, November 16th,
CSCW 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Call for papers and participation

Deadline for submissions: 27th September 2002


Kenton O’Hara, The Appliance Studio, [log in to unmask]
Elizabeth Churchill, FX PAL, [log in to unmask]
Mark Perry, DISC, Brunel University, [log in to unmask]
Daniel Russell, IBM Almaden Research Center,  [log in to unmask]
Norbert A. Streitz, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, [log in to unmask]

Workshop theme

In recent years, more and more information is being presented on dedicated
digital displays situated at particular locations within our environment. At
their most basic, digital display technologies allow information to be more
easily updated dynamically and remotely.  However, these new kinds of
interaction technologies also allow people to use these situated displays in
novel ways both for individual and group work.

Continuing technical advances will offer new form factors reduced costs and
increased opportunities for getting content to and from such displays from a
variety of sources, locations and devices.  This in turn will create the
potential for a huge range of social behaviours to develop around systems of
dedicated situated display technologies and offer new methods for
communication, coordination and co-operation.

The use of situated digital displays to present information in a public
domain and the individual and social orientation around public displays
provokes a great deal of questions as to what might constitute appropriate
design for these technologies.

Aims and perspectives

The workshop will bring together a diverse set of disciplinary perspectives
such as computer scientists, sociologists, geographers, psychologists,
interface designers and architects who have an interest in the use of
dedicated display technologies for collaborative purposes.  It is intended
to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas as well as the ability to meet
other key researchers in the field.

The aim of the workshop is to identify and consolidate the characteristics
of display technologies in supporting social collaboration and coordination

Key areas of interest to the workshop include:

·       What is the impact of shared display technologies on social capital,
community building, awareness, and conversation initiation?
·       What are the important design characteristics and properties of a display
that motivate particular behaviours. Can we identify design guidelines for
public community and situated displays?
·       What are the impacts of different interaction designs and techniques for
getting information to and from these displays and their impact on usage?
·       What are the social affordances of the different spaces that might impact
on applications and usage of the displays? Can we articulate the properties
of different types of spaces in this respect?
·       What novel applications will be possible with new display technologies and
form factors?

Participation will be limited to 15 (plus the organisers), with selection
based on submitted position papers. We are interested in a wide range of
perspectives, but as a guide, position papers might include: new
technologies for displaying information within our environment and for
interacting with these displays; social interaction around public displays.
This could include studies of existing non-electronic display technologies
and their role in social coordination and collaboration. Submissions on both
theoretical and practical significance will be considered. Papers that
present work in progress / recent developments / research plans are also

Workshop structure

The workshop will consist of a series of short presentation and discussion
sessions that will allow participants to give a brief overview of their
research and goals for the workshop, and to share their findings with the
rest of the participants.  This will be followed by a structured design
exercise carried out in small multi-disciplinary groups to help draw
together the knowledge and learning from these papers and the diverse
perspectives in the group.  The workshop leaders will work closely with
individual groups to help identify important emerging ideas and facilitate
design work.  We will follow this with an overview session that will
evaluate learnings developed in these design sessions and draw out common
themes from the different groups and design scenarios.

Deadlines and Outcomes

Please send position paper submissions as PDF, HTML or plain text to Kenton
O’Hara ([log in to unmask]) not later than 27th September. Papers
should be about 3-4 pages in SIGCHI Conference Publications Format (template

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by Oct 11th at the latest.

Full proceedings of the workshop will be made available to all participants
before the workshop for downloading and review prior to meeting.

A workshop website

A selection of the extended versions of the papers will be put forward for
publication in an edited collection under consideration for Kluwer’s
forthcoming CSCW series.

Kenton O'Hara
Kenton is lead user studies researcher at the Appliance Studio.  His
research explores the role of information artefacts in support of local,
remote and mobile collaboration and more broadly the relationship between
architecture, furniture and technology.  Formerly, he has worked at Rank
Xerox EuroPARC, HP Laboratories and BT Laboratories conducting user research
into writing and reading technologies, display appliances, mobile
technologies and location based computing. He has a degree in Psychology,
and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and HCI.

Mark Perry
Mark currently works at Brunel University in the UK, lecturing on
interactive systems design. His research covers the areas of ubiquitous and
mobile computing, examining design from a user-centred perspective, and he
has published widely in these areas. He has degrees in psychology and
cognitive science in addition to his PhD work in computer supported
co-operative work and the use of distributed cognition as an approach to the
analysis of fieldwork data. Previously, he has been a visiting scholar at
Stanford University and worked as a research fellow at Brunel.

Elizabeth Churchill
Elizabeth is a senior research scientist at FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc.
(FXPAL) working on the design and use of lightweight communication tools to
support collaborative activities. She has a background in Psychology,
Cognitive Science, Human Computer Interaction and CSCW. In recent years, she
has focused on using ethnographically-inspired fieldwork methods for the
design of innovative communication technologies.

Daniel M. Russell
Dan is the senior manager of the User Sciences & Experience Research (USER)
lab at the IBM Almaden Research Center.  The USER lab includes a number of
interaction and collaborative technologies including real-time video
analysis for interaction, human factors analysis of input devices, and the
development of working spaces for collaboration.  Dan has been working in
HCI and leading groups in user experience design at Xerox PARC, Apple
Computer and IBM for over 15 years.

Norbert A. Streitz
Norbert is the head of the research division "AMBIENTE - Workspaces of the
Future" of the Fraunhofer (formerly GMD) Integrated Publication and
Information Systems Institute (IPSI) in Darmstadt, Germany. With his team,
he developed shared display interaction and cooperation technologies for
multiple Roomware components, i.e. embedding displays in walls, tables,
chairs, etc. He taught in the Dept. of Computer Science of Darmstadt
University and at the Institute of Psychology of Aachen University. He
chairs the Steering Group of the EU-funded initiative "The Disappearing
Computer" ( He has degrees in physics and
cognitive psychology, and more than 15 years experience in the areas of HCI,
Hypertext, CSCW, and recently Ubiquitous Computing.