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Marc Mcloughlin <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:25:24 +0100
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**********************CALL FOR PAPERS**********************
Workshop "Bridging “Interaction Clouds”: Exploring collaborative  
interaction across assemblies of mobile and embedded technology"

To be held at ECSCW 2009, Vienna, Austria 7-8 September.

Portable technology, particularly in the shape of mobile phones and  
personal digital assistants, has become a ubiquitous force in everyday  
life. Advances in communication technologies have also meant that we  
are rapidly moving towards the convergence of mobile and stationary  
systems: this has allowed people to use mobile technology to engage  
with systems embedded in the environments they inhabit, offering a  
greater range of interaction possibilities and patterns that we have  
labeled “Interaction Clouds”. By “Interaction Clouds” we mean the  
complex patterns of interaction, sharing and exchange that unfold  
around assemblies of mobile and embedded technologies.
This workshop aims at exploring such issues in greater detail, with a  
specific focus on the design of a coherent social and collaborative  
experience for people as the transverse an “assembly” of technologies.  
The notion of Interaction Clouds also resonates with the emergence of  
the internet as a resource free of device and location constraints has  
brought about the concept of “cloud computing”, where technology is  
emerging that allows people to shift between multiple contexts (mobile/ 
embedded), facilitated by a connection to remote computing resources  
(clouds). This devolving of traditional interaction paradigms brings  
with it new challenges to support meaningful user social and  
collaborative experiences, specifically how such hybrid systems can  
facilitate salient aspects of user experiences such as collaboration  
and participation.
Topics of Interest
•       Studies of social and collaborative activity around  
interaction clouds
•       Design for the support of collaboration and participation  
across interaction clouds
•       New interaction modalities in interaction clouds that support  
social interaction
•       Theoretical issues of how to define and study interaction  
clouds (merging mobility-oriented and space-oriented frameworks, new  
conceptual approaches, development of existing frameworks, etc.)
•       Explorations of settings where interaction clouds can be  
meaningfully deployed: e.g. public spaces (museums, urbans areas),  
workplaces, domestic spaces, etc.

Dates and deadlines
Submissions are open indefinitely.
Workshop at ECSCW 2009: September 7th - 8th, 2009

Interested participants are invited to submit position papers in PDF  
format with a word limit of 5000 words. Papers should be formatted  
according to the ECSCW template see
The .pdf files should be sent to: [log in to unmask]

Workshop outline
The Workshop will run over 1 day. The Workshop call requests the  
submission of short position papers. However, during the workshop, we  
will foster debate moving away from traditional presentations, and by  
facilitating discussions on shared artifacts. We will invite the  
participants to contribute to the workshop with either posters, or  
demos/prototypes, or video data documenting an experience, and these  
materials will be the main subject of the discussion. In the afternoon  
session, we will lead more focused small-group discussions and  
brainstorming, and practical design exercises.

Publication & dissemination
Accepted papers will be included in the Workshop Webpage. During the  
workshop participants will be asked to prepare posters for display  
during the conference. During the workshop, opportunties for future  
publications (such as a journal special issue) will be discussed.

Marc McLoughlin, Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick,  
Luigina Ciolfi, Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick,  
Mike Fraser, University of Bristol, UK
Eva Hornecker, University of Strathclyde, UK
John Bowers, Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths, University of  
London, UK

Contact Details
Workshop Webpage:
Please Contact the workshop chairs at: [log in to unmask]

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