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Designing with Users for Domestic Environments: Methods, Challenges, 
Lessons Learned
Workshop at ECSCW 2013
Paphos, Cyprus, 22 September 2013

Submission Deadline: 28 June 2013

When developing new ICT systems and applications for domestic 
environments rich qualitative approaches improve the understanding of 
the users integral usage of technology in their daily routines to inform 
the design. This knowledge will often be reached through long-term 
investigations in the users’ homes, a strong relationship with the users 
and their involvement in the design and evaluation process. However, 
whilst this kind of research offers valuable context insights and brings 
out unexpected findings, it also presents methodological, technical and 
organisational challenges for the study design and its underlying 
cooperation processes. In particular, due to heterogeneous users in 
households in terms of technology affinity, individual needs, age 
distribution, social constellations, project expectations, it produces 
particular demands to collaborate with users in the design process and 
exposes a range of practical challenges.


The workshop wishes to identify a variety of practical challenges of 
applied methods, collaboration with users and lessons learned from 
long-term user involvement for ICT design in different domestic 
contexts. Best practices should be discussed and a roadmap for 
sustainable relationships for design with users developed.

For this purpose, the workshop wishes to gather research on ICT design 
for domestic contexts from a wide variety and from different 
perspectives in methodologies, study design and underlying research 
paradigms used:
* Social/Interactive TV, also concerned with the design of value-added 
applications, services, in- and output devices that can be convergent.
* Social media for social support, such as online communities with 
special support for domestic and cross-generational communication 
between disperse households
* ICT support for the aging society regarding social support, health and 
care etc.
* Measuring energy consumption in households, also concerned with 
visualizing strategies on different devices and interests in raising 
awareness of users consumption
* Other technologies such as smart environments, intelligent interior 
design and games supporting social interactions.

Submission are invited to the following topics, but not limited to:
* Ethnographic or observational studies on people at home
* Empirical and design methods for the home and their benefits and 
straits for ICT design in long-term studies
* Studies on appropriation in domestic environments
* Living Lab, co-creation and action research approaches for innovation 
related to the home
* How to find the right users for long-term studies? What defines 
suitable users?
* Collaboration, motivation, trust and empowerment of users
* Cooperation strategies and relationships between several stakeholders 
(user, researcher, designer, industrial players)
* Ethical issues (e.g. when researchers becoming part of users life)
* Longevity and sustainability in context of long-term studies, e.g. 
strategies for technical self-management of users, strategies after 
projects and user interactions end
* Role of mediators between users, researcher, designer and other 


Position papers (4-8 pages, 2000-4000 words) and short information on 
the background of the authors should be submitted to the workshop 
organizers (using the designated email address provided below), no later 
than 28 June 2013.
Submissions should use the ECSCW template 
( and be sent as PDF file 
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The program committee and organisers will review submissions based on 
quality, relevance and diversity. Accepted position papers will be 
published on the workshop website in August 2013. Prior to the workshop, 
each participant will be asked to prepare a short talk based on the 
position paper, as a starting point on the morning of the workshop.

If a position paper is accepted, at least one of the authors will be 
expected to attend the workshop. Please note that all workshop 
participants must register for both the workshop and the main conference.

As a follow up to the workshop, a special issue in a selected journal is 
planned to provide a platform to publish the outcomes of this workshop 
in an extended form.


* Deadline workshop papers: 28 June 2013
* Notification for workshop participants: 31 July 2013
* Early registration deadline: 9 August 2013 * Workshop at ECSCW2013: 22 
September 2013


Corinna Ogonowski (Institute for Information Systems, University of 
Siegen, Germany)
Benedikt Ley (Institute for Information Systems, University of Siegen, 
David Randall (Institute for Information Systems, University of Siegen, 
Mu Mu (School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, UK)
Nicholas Race (School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster 
University, UK)
Mark Rouncefield (School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster 
University, UK)

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