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Call for Papers

In-Use, In-Situ: Extending Field Research Methods
27-28 October 2005.

Venue: BCS London, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, Convent  
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-situin 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 rather prototypes evaluated "analytically" by  
non-experts. These different evaluations do happen, however, before the  
artifacts are introduced into the "real" world, and that, typically, is  
where evaluation ceases. This seems to be a real 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 situthe  
social, cultural, cognitive impacts of these technologies once they  
have been in-use for sometime.

The workshop will explore the state of art in field research,  
experimental work, and other methods of data collection relevant to  
designing/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  

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 22 July 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 22 July 2005. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 2 September  

Organising Committee

Co-Chairs: Paola Amaldi, 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])

Bob Fields
Interaction Design Centre				      Email  [log in to unmask]
School of Computing Science				      Phone  020 8411 2272
Middlesex University					      Fax    020 8411 5216
Bramley Road, London, UK.

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