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Call for participation: Studio on Internet of Tangibles at TEI’18

Studio date: March 18, 2018
Studio Location: TEI’18; Stockholm, Sweden. See:
Studio web site:
Deadline for statements of interest (and/or) position papers: January 31, 2018

*How to join the studio – Statement of interest*
We invite all people interested in joining this studio to send a statement of interest to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> . The statement of interest should specify your background, in particular your affiliation, position and previous experience with hardware prototyping (e.g., Arduino) and low-fi interaction design activities, and your personal reason for attending the studio. Please submit a statement of interest by January 31, 2018.

*Context of the studio*
The Internet of Things is entering our daily routines through the increasing number of commercially available connected objects and devices. Most of such services are accessible at a tap of one finger through intuitive smartphone or web apps, thus poorly exploiting users’ manipulative and cognitive skills. Within this context, a question arises: “can we design richer interaction experiences with IoT objects, exploiting the affordances of the physical world, instead of constraining users' interactions behind the screens of the smartphones?”.

*Studio Activities *
The studio Internet of Tangibles will be a unique opportunity to explore tangible interaction design applied to the Internet of Things, with a particular focus on the interaction-attention continuum. According to this theory, we will explore how different levels of attention can be exploited to interact with tangible IoT objects and how we can switch from one level of attention to another. Designers of IoT objects can explore focused interaction, to support reflection and memories, peripheral interaction, to raise awareness and control simple functions while performing other tasks, and implicit interaction, to make interaction with IoT disappear into our daily routines.
We aim at gathering people with different backgrounds (e.g., social sciences, computer science, psychology, design, future studies, etc.), creating groups of 3-4 people with heterogeneous skills, in order to encourage ideas and knowledge sharing from different perspectives. No particular skills are required for the studio: we will take care that each group will have at least one participant with technical skills.
During the studio, participants will engage in hands-on activities for designing tangible IoT objects. In the first part of the studio, participants will generate an idea of tangible IoT object and they will build a paper prototyping to illustrate the designed interactions. In the second part of the studio, participants will engage in hardware prototyping activity, tinkering with and hacking Arduino examples provided by the organizers.

*Optional Position Paper Submission*
The studio will also allocate time for plenary discussions, allowing participants to know each other better and to get mutual knowledge of ongoing research, for networking purposes. To this purpose, we invite participants to submit a 2-4 page SIGCHI Extended Abstract position paper presenting their ongoing work or their vision of future work in this field. Position papers will be uploaded in the studio web site and presented in a 1-minute madness session during the studio. Please submit your position papers to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by January 31, 2018.

*Journal special issue*
As a follow up to the studio, we are planning to organize a special issue in a journal to gather scientific contributions to the research field of tangible interaction applied to the internet of things.

*The organizers*
Leonardo Angelini, Elena Mugellini, Omar Abou Khaled (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)
Nadine Couture (ESTIA LaBRI, UMR 5800)
Elise van den Hoven (University of Technology Sydney, University of Technology Eindhoven, University of Dundee, ARC Centre of Excellence on Cognition and its Disorders)
Saskia Bakker (Eindhoven University of Technology)

█     Leonardo Angelini ▪ PhD
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