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                      Second Call for Contributions

              Workshop on The Role of Emotion in HCI

                        to be held at the
                HCI 2005 conference, Edinburgh, UK

                    Tuesday, 6th September 2005


This is the second call for contributions to the workshop in which we 
would like to encourage submissions particularly to the following subjects:

- software engineering aspects
- software architectures
- teaching aspects
- usability/ergonomics (evaluation as well as technology)
- task analysis
- interaction techniques
- applications scenarios
- demos

Of course, other contributions will be considered as well.

Deadline is 19 June 2005.

Attached is the first call, the web address is


First call:


Emotion is underrepresented in HCI, despite its obvious and demonstrated 
importance. There is evidence that emotions play an essential role in 
rational decision making, perception, learning, and other cognitive 
functions. HCI activity, both commercial and academic, should reflect 
this fact.
Attempts to expand the field have suffered from being anecdotal or 
lacking a systematic approach. There seems to be no rigorous footing for 
HCI-related emotion research, nor a general concept of how emotions 
should be treated within HCI and its sub-disciplines. But it is 
necessary to clear up those theoretical issues in advance before any 
other steps towards affective computing can be sensibly made.

This one-day workshop will take on the challenge by discussing 
theoretical fundamentals of HCI-related emotion research, emotions’ 
function in HCI, and also practical implications and consequences for 
the HCI community.

Topics (non-exclusively) to be addressed by the workshop include:

- How do HCI people define "emotion", and are all emotions of interest
   to HCI?
- What opportunities and risks are there?
- What function do emotions have in HCI and can we develop an
   actionable framework to support it?
- Are there reliable and replicable processes to include emotion in
   HCI design projects?
- How applicable are research results from other disciplines, is there
   need for HCI specific emotion research?
- Can we solve emotion related issues within the HCI domain, or do we
   need support from other fields?
- Are there new intersections between sub-disciplines concerning
   emotions, and is there a need for a new sub-discipline?
- Do all HCI sub-disciplines have the same interest in emotions/
   who can benefit most from considering emotions?
- What value might affective applications, affective systems, and
   affective interaction have?
- What impact will emotion awareness have on HCI in general and the
   sub-disciplines in particular?

The workshop will draw together scientists and practitioners from a 
variety of disciplines: usability, task analysis, interface design 
experts, operating systems specialists, software architects, 
communication and network experts, sensor developers, and others. We 
will discuss the issues across as wide an application spectrum as 
possible, such as internet applications, office work, programming, call 
centres, control rooms, mobile computing, mobile phones, virtual 
reality, presence, or home applications.

You are cordially invited to become part of this interdisciplinary 
forum. Your contribution can be three-fold:
    a) register and take part in the workshop
    b) as a) + give a short talk on your ideas, visions or concerns
       (5-10 minutes)
    c) as a) + present a demo, video, or interactive experience

In any case, we kindly ask you to send us some thoughts of yours related 
to the topic prior to the workshop for best possible preparation of the 

It is planned to produce a special issue of a journal including the 
outcomes of the workshop. All accepted submissions have the chance to 
become part of it, along with papers produced later as a result of the 

Please note that registration to the HCI conference is required in order 
to take part in the workshop (at least for the 6th September).

For a more detailed description of the workshop visit the workshop's web 

Submit your comments, thoughts, or concerns to
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Submit your position paper/demo description (about 800 words) to
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new Deadline: 19 June 2005

For inquiries use [log in to unmask]
or contact on of us directly:
        Christian Peter: [log in to unmask]
        Gerred Blyth   : [log in to unmask]

The conference web site with registration information is

Workshop committee:
Christian Peter, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Gerred Blyth, Amberlight Partners Ltd, London, UK
Prof. Bodo Urban, Rostock University, Rostock, Germany
Prof. John Waterworth, Umeå University, Sweden
Lesley Axelrod, Brunel University, London, UK
Steffen Mader, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Nicola Millard, British Telecom plc., Ipswich, UK
Jörg Voskamp, 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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