In response to several requests, the deadline for submission has been
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In-Use, In-Situ: Extending Field Research Methods
27-28 October 2005.
Submission deadline 1 August 2005
Venue: BCS London, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, Covent
Garden, London WC2E 7HA.
Organised by the Interaction Design Centre, Middlesex University, and
BCS HCI Education & Practice SubGroup, BCS HCI Group.
The increasing complexity of organisations and systems of
communication, and the fast pace of technological change and adaptation
poses a challenge for researching the impacts (cognitive, social,
cultural) of technology in-situ, in relation to design (purpose,
intention, practice, and production). Typically, evaluation paradigms
differ substantially as to whether they employ high fidelity scenarios
and real users or whether prototypes are instead evaluated
"analytically" by non-experts. These different evaluations usually
happen, however, before the artifacts are introduced into the "real"
world, and that, typically, is where evaluation ceases. This seems to
be a serious limitation, considering the increasing diversity and
complexity of computer applications.
For instance, mixed reality multimedia environments, where novel
technologies meet complex activity in contexts ranging from air traffic
control to performance art demonstrate the difficulties of anticipating
how technology will be used in practice. The issues that are thrown up
call for extending research on frameworks for assessing in-situ the
social, cultural, cognitive impacts of these technologies once they
have been in-use for sometime.
This workshop will explore the state of the art in field research,
experimental work, and other methods and concepts relevant to designing
and evaluating technology ‘in-use, in-situ’. An aim is to identify gaps
and problems for the future development of design methodology.
Researchers from domains spanning the social and computing sciences,
engineering, design, humanities, sciences, will have the opportunity to
both share their experiences and reflect on the fundamentals of complex
socio-technical systems and human-centered technology.
The first day of this 2-day event will consist of a tutorial on
‘Activity theory in the “fields”: Perspectives for thinking about
design’ presented by Seth Chaiklin (Department of Educational
Psychology,The Danish University of Education). The tutorial will
introduce some of the concepts and principles underlying the Activity
Theory approach and their application to the design and evaluation of
The second day of the workshop will be a forum for discussion and
presentation. We invite the submission of position papers on the theme
of ‘in-use, in-situ’ evaluation. Papers should be no more than 4 pages
in length and should be submitted by 1 August 2005. Position papers
will be reviewed by a programme committee, and selected authors will be
invited to present their work on the second day of the event.
Position papers will be distributed to workshop participants. Following
the workshop it is anticipated that a journal special issue will be
organised on the same theme, and workshop presenters will be encouraged
to extend their papers for publication in this issue.
Research areas include, but are not limited to the following:
* Ethnographic or similar studies of technology in use
* Evaluation and validation of technology
* Assessing the impact of technological interventions on work and other
* Contextual and collaborative approaches to design
* Studies of cooperative work
* Tailoring and appropriation of technology
* Novel technologies and contexts of interaction
Submissions should be sent to: Paola Amaldi ([log in to unmask])
by 1 August 2005. Please format your submission by following the
template provided at http://www.cs.mdx.ac.uk/research/idc/in_use.html
(based on the ACM SIGCHI format).
Authors will be notified of acceptance by 2 September 2005.
Chair: Paola Amaldi (Interaction Design Center, Middlesex University)
Satinder P. Gill (Interaction Design Center, Middlesex University)
Bob Fields (Interaction Design Center, Middlesex University)
William Wong (Interaction Design Center, Middlesex University)
For further information contact
Paola Amaldi ([log in to unmask])
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