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Shane Clyburn <[log in to unmask]>
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I am pleased to announce the latest title in Morgan & Claypool's series on
Human-Centered Informatics:


Proxemic Interactions: From Theory to Practice
Nicolai Marquardt, University College, London

Saul Greenberg, University of Calgary
Paperback ISBN: 9781627056564, $55.00
eBook ISBN: 9781627056571
February 2015, 199 pages 



In the everyday world, much of what we do as social beings is dictated by
how we perceive and manage our interpersonal space. This is called
proxemics. At its simplest, people naturally correlate physical distance to
social distance. We believe that people's expectations of proxemics can be
exploited in interaction design to mediate their interactions with devices
(phones, tablets, computers, appliances, large displays) contained within a
small ubiquitous computing ecology. Just as people expect increasing
engagement and intimacy as they approach others, so should they naturally
expect increasing connectivity and interaction possibilities as they bring
themselves and their devices in close proximity to one another. This is
called Proxemic Interactions.

This book concerns the design of proxemic interactions within such future
proxemic-aware ecologies. It imagines a world of devices that have
fine-grained knowledge of nearby people and other devices-how they move into
range, their precise distance, their identity, and even their
orientation-and how such knowledge can be exploited to design interaction

The first part of this book concerns theory. After introducing proxemics, we
operationalize proxemics for ubicomp interaction via the Proxemic
Interactions framework that designers can use to mediate people's
interactions with digital devices. The framework, in part, identifies five
key dimensions of proxemic measures (distance, orientation, movement,
identity, and location) to consider when designing proxemic-aware ubicomp
systems. The second part of this book applies this theory to practice via
three case studies of proxemic-aware systems that react continuously to
people's and devices' proxemic relationships. The case studies explore the
application of proxemics in small-space ubicomp ecologies by considering
first person-to-device, then device-to-device, and finally person-to-person
and device-to-device proxemic relationships. We also offer a critical
perspective on proxemic interactions in the form of "dark patterns," where
knowledge of proxemics may (and likely will) be easily exploited to the
detriment of the user.

Table of Contents: Acknowledgments / Videos / Figure Credits / Introduction
/ Part I / Ubicomp in Brief / Proxemic Interactions Theory /
Operationalizing Proxemics for Ubicomp Interaction / Exploiting Proxemics to
Address Challenges in Ubicomp Ecologies / Part II: Exploiting Proxemics in
Ubicomp Ecologies / Person/Person-to-Device Proxemic Interactions /
Device-to-Device Proxemic Interactions / Considering Person-to-Person and
Device-to-Device Proxemics / Dark Patterns / Conclusion / References /
Author Biographies

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Series: Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics

Editor: John M. Carroll, Penn State University



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