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CALL FOR PAPERS: *Contextual Constraints: Consequences for Interaction Design (June 21st or 22nd, 2014)* in conjunction with DIS 2014
DEADLINE: March 2nd, 2014 - Submission of Position Papers


Important dates:

-              March 2nd, 2014: Workshop submission deadline
-              March 31st, 2014: Feedback to authors
-              June 21st or 22nd, 2014: Workshop at DIS


Constraints are part of any interaction design activity, as they inform as well as challenge and limit the designer. In this one-day workshop, we will discuss how constraints, which are resulting from their context, are fostering or hindering designs and the act of designing. Also constraints that have both positive and negative consequences will be addressed. The focus will be on limitations of how designers engage themselves with the context (e.g., in contextual design) as well as limitations on the design space as such (e.g., light conditions). Characteristics of constrained contexts might be their strict safety or security regulations, costly access, harsh conditions, temporal restrictions, rare existence, communication problems, etc.

Examples for such heavily constrained contexts are environments like factories, cars and space ships, domains like finance and administration or seasonal events like New Year's Eve and Christmas, but this list is almost interminable. With this workshop, we aim to address the assessment of types and forms of contextual constraints affecting design options and/or the respective design process. The vision is to better understand how to make use of the beneficial constraints for interaction design, and how to cope with hindering ones. We aim to collect experiences with contextual constraints, and seek to uncover design contexts that have so far rarely been in the focus of interaction design due to their hard approachability.

We invite scholars and practitioners to provide a design experience (be it a use case, a design example, a requirements/context study or else) that was influenced by contextual constraints. Finally, the goal of the workshop is to better understand these particular contextually constrained design activities, but also to provide learnings for interaction design in general on how constraints influence the design of interactive systems.

The workshop addresses the following topics (but is not limited to):
-              What contextual constraints are influencing design and design processes?
-              How can we identify whether a constraint restricts design options or imposes conditions on the respective design process, or both?
-              What methods and approaches are used to make use of or cope with constraints in practice and research?
-              How may Research through Design (RtD) approaches enter constrained environments in order to find out what constraints are bringing RtD forward?
-              What constraints in the "wild" impede proper RtD, such as very restricted or temporally completely hidden/absent contexts?

We invite scholars and practitioners to provide a design experience, be it a use case, a design example, a requirements/context study or else. Workshop candidates are requested to submit a position paper (max. 6 pages in ACM Extended abstract format) via email to verena.fuchsberger [@] by March 2nd, 2014.

The papers will be reviewed by the organizers and selected according to their significance for the workshop topic as well as their potential to inspire discussions. All accepted papers will be made available on the website.

All workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. Registration fees for workshops and the main conference will be similar to DIS 2013, see for further information.

Verena Fuchsberger, Martin Murer, Ilhan Aslan, Alexander Meschtscherjakov (HCI Unit, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria)
Manfred Tscheligi (HCI Unit, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg & Technology Experience Unit, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria)
Petra Sundström (Mobile Life@SICS, Stockholm, Sweden)
Daniela Petrelli (Art & Design Research Centre - C3RI, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

More details to be found on the workshop website:
For any further information on the workshop please contact verena.fuchsberger [@]

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