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Call for Papers – Special Issue of the International Journal of Human  
Computer Interaction
In-Use, In-Situ: Extending Field Research Methods

Submission deadline: 10 February 2006

The increasing complexity of organisations and systems of  
communication, and the fast pace of technological change and  
adaptation, poses a challenge for researching the cognitive, social and  
cultural impact of technology that is in useand in its natural  

Human-technology evaluation paradigms differ substantially as to  
whether, for example, they employ high fidelity scenarios and real  
users, or whether technologies are instead evaluated "analytically" by  
non-experts. These different evaluations usually happen before the  
artefacts are introduced into the "real" world, and then often that is  
also where evaluation ceases. This seems a serious limitation, missing  
an opportunity to understand and evaluate how designed artefacts  
actually function when used in the intended context such as a complex  
critical workplaces or a domestic, leisure-focused settings. Such  
contexts, where novel technologies meet complex activity, present new  
challenges in anticipating how technology will be used in  
practice. Evaluation and re-design should be underpinned by an  
understanding of what do people do with the technology and how they  
adapt it or accommodate it into their work practices to make the  
technology work or work better for them.

What is the state of the art in the methods and techniques available  
for such evaluations? And perhaps more interestingly, what can or has  
been done to advance the state of research and evaluation paradigms for  
studying the cognitive, social and cultural impact of technology that  
is in-use and in-situ? This special issue invites papers that 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’. The aim of the issue is to identify gaps and  
problems for the development of evaluation and design methodology.  
Researchers from domains spanning the social and computing sciences,  
engineering, design, humanities, sciences, are encouraged share their  
experiences and perspectives, and reflect on the fundamentals of  
complex socio-technical systems and human-centred technology.

Research areas include, but are not limited to the following:
* Innovative methods for the evaluation and validation of technology  
once it has been deployed
* Assessing the impact of technological interventions on work and other  
* Ethnographic or similar studies that emphasise the evaluation of  
technology in use
* Tailoring and appropriation of technology in use
* How evaluation approaches meet the challenges posed by novel  
technologies and contexts of interaction
* Theoretical perspectives on technologies in use, in situ
* Studies that highlight and explore the differences between evaluating  
technologies ‘in use, in situ’ and in other contexts such as  
laboratories or simulations


Papers should be submitted electronically by 10 February 2006 through  
the IJHCI’s Editorial Manager. For details of how to submit  

In formatting submissions, authors should follow the guidelines for  
authors available from:

Following the normal procedures of the journal, each submission will be  
reviewed by three experts in the HCI field.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 10 February 2006
Notification to authors: March 29 2006
Submission of revised papers: May 2006
It is expected that the special issue will be published in early 2007.

Guest editors

Bob Fields
William Wong
Paola Amaldi
Satinder Gill

Interaction Design Centre
School of Computing Science
Middlesex University, London, UK

For further information contact
Bob Fields ([log in to unmask])

Interaction Design Centre
School of Computing Science (Ravensfield House)
Middlesex University
The Burroughs
Hendon, London, NW4 4BT, UK.

Bob Fields
Interaction Design Centre				      	Email  [log in to unmask]
School of Computing Science (Ravensfield House)	Phone  020 8411 2272
Middlesex University					      	Fax    020 8411 5216
The Burroughs
Hendon, London, NW4 4BT, UK.

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