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Call for participation:

Workshop on Interactions From Dusk To Dawn: Supporting Dozing, Dreaming And The Sleepy Third Of Our Lives

August 17, 2010: Arhus, Denmark 
in conjunction with DIS2010 (

Call for Papers

Interaction design has made great progress in designing products that facilitate our social relationships or entertain us with massive media collections. Our waking hours have become filled with an amazing assortment of products and interaction potentials. But what about the other third of our lives that gives us the energy to continue? 
This workshop explores interactions that take place between dozing and dreaming, the transition from being awake to falling asleep. The goal is to explore the intersection between being physically inactive (such as sleeping or daydreaming) and interaction design.

Recently many new sleep and relaxation supporting, promoting and measuring devices have been developed, for example, the Philips wake up light, the Zeo sleep quality assessing device and the emWave solution. Moreover companies like Philips are exploring new possibilities around sleep and bedroom appliances. The challenge in this domain is to create user interfaces that require minimum cognitive and physical efforts, thus cause minimum cognitive arousal of a person in the process of falling asleep. Particularly the interaction should support users in the transition from being active and conscious to passive and unconscious. This needs to be done by understanding the cognitive (i.e. attention and awareness) and physical state of a person in a sleep process, when the user is gradually reducing his or her cognitive capacity, and the bedroom context (i.e. quiet, dark, possible involving a partner). Moreover the interaction needs to be mapped to the typical actions that users perform with conventional appliances in the bedroom and foreseen interaction with newly developed bedroom products. 

The application of such effortless interaction (EI) is not limited to the bedroom environment, similar types of interaction can be applied in a bathroom, in a car, in a ward room of a hospital (e.g. when a patient is resting, falling asleep or operating a device while being constraint by cognitive or physical capabilities), etc.
In some cases the device that is controlled is also aware of the current user state and thus can support implicit user interaction (e.g. fading out or switching off if the user falls asleep). The challenge here is to design for the border between implicit and explicit control as well as the need and the level of interface adaptation based on the current physical and cognitive user state. 

The focus of this workshop is on the design of effortless interaction for people who are gradually making a transition from an active to an inactive state. We will in particular look at the transition between wakefulness to sleep. We will however not limit ourselves to the bedroom environment by including discussions about other contexts where effortless interaction could be beneficial. Here is the initial set of questions that will be addressed and discussed during the workshop:

  - What is effortless interaction?
  - What forms of interaction are suited for EI in different design contexts?
  - What limitations are defined by the context and the user state (what are the possibilities when considering the gradual decline in cognitive and physical activities of the user)?
  - Should the interaction adapt to these transitions? If so, how and when?
  - What are the challenges for designing effortless interaction?

Topics of Interest 

Topics include:
•	User studies of devices used during relaxation and sleep
•	Interaction design of devices for relaxation and sleep
•	Practical experiences of implementing devices requiring less interaction effort
•	Studies, theories and models of user physical and cognitive state in the transition from an active to an inactive state, and its relationship to design outcomes
We invite researchers and practitioners interested in applying effortless interaction in a new context where the state of the user is changing gradually from being active and conscious to passive and unconscious. 

Workshop structure

The first part of the workshop (the morning) will be dedicated to the presentations of the individual attendees (each participant will be expected to be familiar with all position papers). The afternoon will be dedicated to group discussions and breakout meetings, where the topic of the breakout meetings will be formulated based on the initial set of the workshop questions. 

Workshop outcome

•	A map of the most relevant issues in designing interactions for relaxation and sleep
•	Networking with other researchers and practitioners in the newly forming area of effortless interaction
•	Further publication possible, depending on the submissions received

Dzmitry Aliakseyeu, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
Jia Du, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
Elise van den Hoven, Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands)
Kyle Kilbourn, Department of Industrial and Civil Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
Sriram Subramanian, University of Bristol (UK)
Elly Zwartkruis-Pelgrim, Philips Research (The Netherlands)

Submission instructions

To participate in this workshop at DIS 2010, please submit a 2-4 page position paper describing your experience, findings or interests relevant to the themes of the workshop (please prepare your submission according to the ACM proceedings template format.

Deadline for submissions is June 4, 2010.
Notification of acceptance by June 28, 2010.

Papers can be submitted by email to Dzmitry Aliakseyeu at [log in to unmask]

More information of the workshop can be found at:
DIS 2010 conference website:

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