Call for Participation
The 2006 Workshop on
The Role of Emotion in HCI
to be held at the
HCI 2006 conference, London, UK
Tuesday, 12 September 2006
Deadline for Abstracts: June 4, 2006
The topic of emotion in Human-Computer Interaction is of increasing
interest to the HCI community. Since Rosalind Picard's fundamental
publications on affective computing, research in this field has
gained significant momentum.
Emotion research is largely grounded in psychology yet spans across
numerous other disciplines. The challenge of such an
interdisciplinary research area is developing a common vocabulary
and research framework that a mature discipline requires. What is
increasingly needed for advanced and serious work in this field is
to place it on a rigorous footing, including developing theoretical
fundamentals of HCI-related emotion research, understanding
emotions' function in HCI, ethical and legal issues, and the
practical implications and consequences for the HCI community.
The first workshop on emotion in HCI held in Edinburgh last year
brought an interdisciplinary group of practitioners and researchers
together for a lively exchange of ideas, discussion of common
problems, and identification of domains to explore.
This year's workshop will build on the success of last year. Focus
will be on discussion and joint work on selected topics.
Participants will engage in developing further the themes from the
first workshop in as wide an application spectrum as possible, such
as internet applications, ambient intelligence, office work, control
rooms, mobile computing, virtual reality, presence, and home
You are cordially invited to become part of this interdisciplinary
forum. This will be a very practical workshop with the participants
working together to find new insights, views, ideas and solutions.
We therefore invite contributions which will enrich the discussions
by their innovative content, fundamental nature, or new perspective.
We also encourage demos of products or prototypes related to the topic.
Topics addressed by the workshop are:
- How do applications currently make use of emotions and
how could it be improved?
- What makes applications that support affective interactions
- How do we know if affective interactions are successful, and
how can we measure this success?
- What value might affective applications, affective systems, and
affective interaction have?
- What requirements on sensing technologies are there in HCI?
- What technology is currently available for sensing affective
- How reliable is sensing technology?
- Are there reliable and replicable processes to include emotion in
HCI design projects?
- What opportunities and risks are there in designing affective
- What are the relationships between emotion, affect, personality,
and engagement, and what do they mean for interactive systems
To become part of this discussion please submit an extended abstract
of your ideas or demo description. Case studies describing current
applications or prototypes are strongly encouraged, as well as
presentations of products or prototypes that you have developed.
The abstract should be limited to about 800 words. Accepted
contributions will be published on the workshop's homepage with the
possibility to extend them to short papers of 4 pages. It is also
planned to produce a special issue of a journal on the results of
Please note that registration to the HCI conference is required in
order to take part in the workshop (at least for the day of the
workshop). Early bird registration deadline is 23rd June.
04 June - position paper deadline
14 June - notification of acceptance
23 June - early registration deadline
12 September - workshop
For a more detailed description of the workshop visit the workshop's
web site: http://www.emotion-in-hci.net/workshopHCI2006/
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The conference web site with registration information is
Christian Peter, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Lesley Axelrod, Brunel University, UK
Elizabeth Crane, University of Michigan, USA
Russell Beale, University of Birmingham, UK
Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK
Barbara Fredrickson, University of North Carolina, USA
Kristina Höök, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
Bodo Urban, Rostock University, Rostock, Germany
John Waterworth, Umeå University, Sweden
Nicola Millard, British Telecom plc, UK
Karina Oertel, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Jörg Voskamp, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Robert Ward, University of Huddersfield, UK
Steffen Mader, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Christian Peter, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics
Joachim Jungius Str. 11, 18059 Rostock, Germany
Phone: +49 - 381 - 40 24 122; Fax: +49 - 381 - 40 24 199
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