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Call for Participation

Workshop on Science Fiction and the Reality of HCI: Inspirations, Achievements or a Mismatch
Workshop Website:

One Day Workshop organised on December 7, 2015 at OzCHI 2015, Melbourne Australia (

The aim of this workshop is to explore and exchange ideas on topics emerging from both science fiction and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). In particular, the main aims are to discuss the contradictions between science fiction and HCI, explore and elaborate on various methodologies that can be used to evaluate fictional content, and how fiction can be used to inspire design.

Keynote Speaker
Prof Mark Billinghurst has tentatively confirmed to be the keynote speaker at the workshop. We are seeking an additional keynote speaker in the area of science fiction, film production, etc.

We invite HCI researchers and science fiction authors to submit position papers that explore the following main topics (but not limited to):

1. The visionary science fiction and its impact on the development of HCI across the various modalities of touch, vision and speech.
2. The impact on HCI researchers of the tendency of humans to disassociate fictional content from the real world.
3. The pros and cons of various methodologies (social media, ratings, lab studies, qualitative analysis of feedback and comments on public platforms) that are used to evaluate fictional content in order to determine what aspects of fictional content are the most/least desired by humans.
4. Design Fiction or the methodology to propagate and present ones own design and its application through fictional medium (such as narratives and storyboards).
5. The role of fiction as a design inspiration for the related areas of HCI such as Human Robot Interaction, Human Information Interaction, Human Information Behaviour, Mobile Computing, and Ubiquitous Computing.

Submission and Registration
We expect to receive 15-20 submissions (2-4 pages in SIGCHI extended abstract format) and, quality permitting, we plan a 50% acceptance rate. PDF versions of the paper can be submitted to the online form provided on the workshop website:

Submission papers will be reviewed by the organisers and evaluated on the basis of their relevance to the workshop topic and potential to stimulate discussion. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop.

Important Dates
Submission: September 4
Notification: September 25
Workshop: December 7

Dr Omar Mubin - University of Western Sydney, Australia
Dr Mohammad Obaid - Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Prof Simeon Simoff - University of Western Sydney, Australia
A/Prof Wolmet Barendregt - University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Prof Morten Fjeld - Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
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