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Using Audio and Haptics for Delivering Spatial Information via Mobile

Workshop at MobileHCI 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lisbon, Portugal

Submission deadline: April 30, 2010


Full call:




MobileHCI Workshop on Using Audio and Haptics for Delivering Spatial
Information via Mobile Devices

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Lisbon, Portugal


Orientation and navigation are very important skills for getting along
in daily life. The acquisition and use of these skills is based on the
processing of visual, auditory and sensorimotor/kinesthetic information,
denoting the relations between objects, places, and people. This
multisensory information gives us cues about directions, distances,
speed, headway, traffic, landmarks, obstacles, etc. With the recent
availability of global positioning method, of comprehensive GIS systems,
of powerful mobile computers and of advanced interaction techniques,
multisensory spatial information could now be presented in a
personalized, context-aware and intuitive manner. 

However, it is still not completely clear how to design, and how and
when to present multisensory spatial information on mobile devices. This
workshop will initiate a multidisciplinary discussion on these topics.
We would like to invite researchers working in the fields of
human-computer-interaction, computer science, cognitive sciences,
psychology, psychophysics, mechanics and electronics to submit a
position paper and/or a demo presentation dealing with topics similar to
the ones listed below:

*         Methodologies for representing spatial information (e.g.
distances, directions, speed, landmarks, obstacles) using audio and
haptics on mobile devices

*         Compatibility with the device: display and rendering
capabilities, task-related and environmental constraints...

*         New interaction techniques, both hardware and software:
wearables, haptic accessories, etc. 

*         Design methods and guidelines for such information on mobile
devices (e.g. design of useable and useful audio and haptic icons)

*         Specific evaluation methods and criteria

*         Workload and user performance

*         Spatial information presentation and the moving body

*         User experience and satisfaction



This will be a full-day workshop. Up to ten position papers will be
presented by theirs authors. Each presentation will be limited to 15
min. There will be a discussion after each presentation. Presentations
and discussions will be followed by a demo session (demo submissions
should be accompanied by a one-page description), some hands-on
activities with the demonstrators and a wrap-up discussion at the end of
the workshop. 


Submissions and participants selection criteria:

Interested researchers are invited to submit a workshop positions paper
(2-4 pages) and or demo submissions formatted according to the ACM
MobileHCI format until 30th April 2010. Please visit the conference
submission page ( for detailed
formatting requirements. The papers should be submitted to Margarita
Anastassova: [log in to unmask]
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The papers should focus on current research activities and/or
interesting aspects of future work. All position papers will be
peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers and evaluated on their
originality and relevance to the workshop topics. Authors of accepted
position papers will be notified on 21st May 2010. Camera-ready
manuscripts should be ready on the 28th May 2010.

The authors of the best workshop papers will be invited to publish an
extended version of their work in a special issue of a relevant journal
(e.g. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction,
International Journal of Handheld Computing Research).

The workshop will be held at on the 7th of September 2010. In order to
participate in the workshop, at least one author of a position paper
must register for both the conference and the workshop. 



Margarita Anastassova is a researcher in the Sensory Interfaces
Laboratory at CEA, LIST in France. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and
Cognitive Ergonomics from Paris Descartes University. Her PhD work was
centered on the analysis of users' needs for an Augmented Reality system
to be used as a job aid by automotive service technicians. Margarita has
over 8 years of experience in the user-centered design of interactive
systems, which she gained in a number of EU projects such as Ambient
Agoras, VIRTHUALIS and SAMBA. She is currently working on the EU
HaptiMap project. Her main research interests lie in the field of human
factors (usability, utility, accessibility) of emerging technologies
such as haptic and tactile interfaces, mobile systems, virtual and
augmented reality. She is also interested in cognitive ergonomics
aspects of navigation and wayfinding. Margarita is a member of the
program committee or a reviewer for a number of international
conferences (CHI, Interact, MobileHCI, Pervasive Health). 


Charlotte Magnusson, PhD, associate professor (docent), Certec, Division
of Rehabilitation Engineering Research, Department of Design Sciences,
Lund University. Charlotte is the leader of the research at Certec on
the design of useworthy haptic and audio interfaces for people who are
blind or have low vision. She has over 10 years of experience in the
field. Charlotte has currently two particular areas of interest. The
first is concerned with the use of haptic devices, and how haptics and
audio can be used to make different types of complex information and
virtual environments more accessible. The second is design and design
methodology for persons with and without disabilities. Charlotte is also
an experienced programmer, with particular experience from interactive
multimodal applications. Charlotte is the leader of the haptics group at
Certec, and has been responsible for the department participation in the
EU projects MICOLE, ENABLED and ENACTIVE. She is currently the
coordinator of the EU project HaptiMap.


Martin Pielot is an associate researcher in the Intelligent User
Interfaces Group at the OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology,
Germany. At the same time he is a doctoral student in the Media
Informatics and Multimedia Systems Group at the University of Oldenburg,
Germany. Coming from a background of building mobile applications, his
research focuses on ubiquitous computing and mobile human-computer
interaction in general. In particular, he is interested in non-visual
information presentation in the domain of mobile applications and the
methods needed to evaluation them.


Dr. Gary Randall has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, an MSc (Distinction)
in Cognitive Science (both University of Birmingham UK), a BSc (Hons) in
Artificial Intelligence and is an expert in the computational modelling
of visual processing. He has a unique blend of IT and theoretical skills
relating to Cognitive Science, built up over 20 years, and is an
experienced programmer in many languages. Gary is a Senior Research
Scientist at BMT and Project Manager of EC projects. His post-doctoral
experience as Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School was related to
implementing and extending the influential machine vision model Guided
Search. Prior to this, Gary's research concentrated on building dynamic
neural systems to predict common visual behaviours. His areas of
interest include the roles of object recognition, attention, and memory
as they relate to image retrieval.

Gary was the co-ordinator of the EC-funded MAPPED project which provided
customised route data for use by different categories of disabled user
in multiple European locations.


Ginger B. Claassen studied computer science at the University of
Paderborn(Germany) and the School of Computer Science at Carleton
University (Ottawa, Canada). For more than 10 years Mr. Claassen worked
as a research assistant for the C-LAB, a joined research and development
laboratory of Siemens AG and the University of Paderborn, with special
focus on "accessibility" respectively "Design for All".

Mr. Claassen is blind, and therefore knows from his own living and
working the problems and barriers persons with disabilities are facing
in our modern information and communication society.

Since 2008 he works for the Siemens "Accessibility Competence Center"
and for the "Siemens Access Initiative", the company's corporate joint
effort to improve the accessibility of the various Siemens products and
services like software, Internet portals, workplaces, information and
communication technology, household appliances, and public transport
systems. He has been involved in various commercial and research
projects, provides "Design for All" training to colleagues and customers
and presents various accessible solutions at international exhibitions
and congresses.



The workshop organizers are grateful to the European Commission which
co-funds the IP HaptiMap (FP7-ICT-224675).


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