============ Call for Papers ============
Title: Improving the Relationship between Research and Practice in
(NordiCHI 2006 Workshop, Oct. 15th, Oslo, Norway)
Half-day workshop (total 4 hours)
Theme and Goals:
One of the most discussed topics in HCI research is if and how
research plays a role in HCI practice. Arguments have been made that
the research outcome is too abstract or too detailed and therefore
not useful by practitioners. Another argument that has been raised is
that the results from research, such as methods and theories, are too
time consuming to use and demand too much learning and preparation.
There are different approaches a researcher can take in relation to
practice. One approach is to do research that “has to be done” from
an academic point of view. Another approach is to use practice as a
starting point for research—to see practice as the client of
research. There is also a large part of contemporary HCI research
that is not focused on practice at all. Instead, this research is
driven by the researchers’ interests and desires to explore and
develop new forms of interaction, new tools, and new technologies.
The research becomes a field of invention and innovation. The
approaches and methodologies in these activities are often not made
explicit with the purpose to inform practice about new ways of working.
In this workshop we want to address the issue of improving the
relationship between research and practice in interaction design.
* How can we in a theoretical and intellectual way approach this issue?
* Are there any existing successful approaches?
* Where can we find inspiration for new approaches for improving this
This workshop aims to develop a research agenda for more substantial
attempts to address the relationship between research and practice.
Relevance to the field:
We believe that a tighter interaction between research and practice
in HCI will help us reshaping our field toward the better direction.
Our workshop will lead us to discuss how research outcomes can help
improving practice, as well as how experience from practice can help
researchers find grand challenges in the fields.
We like to have two types of papers solicited—one type for
presenters, and the other type for non-presenters. For presenters, we
expect to receive 2-page position papers around the following two areas:
* key issues around the relationship between research and practice in
the interaction design field
* case studies of the trial of marrying or reducing the gap between
research and practice in the interaction design field
For non-presenters, we expect to receive 1-page paper that explains
the interests around this topic, the reasons behind the interests,
and the expectations from the workshop.
The papers will be reviewed by organizers, and the selection will be
based on the level of contribution to this topic and the balance
between practice and research.
Papers should be submitted as .doc or .pdf files. The format of the
papers is not restricted although we expect to have standardized
formats--regular fonts like Times New Roman in 12 pts.
Please send the submissions to Youn-Kyung Lim ([log in to unmask]).
* July 20. Deadline for submission of position paper
* August 10. Authors of accepted position papers notified
* August 14. Early NordiCHI’06 registration deadline
We expect to document the submitted position papers in a proceeding
form, which will be provided to all the participants in the workshop.
Issues and discussions explored in the workshop will be summarized
and documented as a report in an overview form developed in
conjunction with the workshop.
* Printed and online proceedings of the accepted position papers
* Special issue in a refereed HCI journal (e.g. Artifact)
The overall plan is to provide an environment for people from either
a practical design background or an academic and research-oriented
design background to get together and share their experiences and
knowledge around the topic of reducing the gap between research and
practice in the interaction design area to produce benefits for both
Expected number: 8-10 presenters and 5-8 non-presenting participants.
Intended audience: a balanced collection of researchers and
practitioners in the interaction design area is expected.
Erik Stolterman, Ph.D. (Professor and Director of the HCID program at
Indiana University, School of Informatics. ([log in to unmask]))
Youn-Kyung Lim, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor at Indiana University,
School of Informatics. ([log in to unmask]))
Joannes Vandermeulen (Business Manager of Namahn (www.namahn.com))
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