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Uncertainty is prevalent characteristic of contemporary life, and a central challenge of HCI. This one-day workshop will explore how HCI has and might continue to engage uncertainty as a generative feature in design, as opposed to a force to mitigate and control. We hope to convene researchers from broad ranging areas to explore the many ways in which uncertainty appears in our research and the different types of responses that HCI has to offer. There is an incredible variety of conceptual formulations of uncertainty and related ideas like risk, ambiguity, and suspense that raise both difficult challenges as well as significant opportunities for creative engagement with societal challenges. During the workshop, we won’t seek to “solve” uncertainty but rather expand the ways in which we think about and navigate it. In doing so, we will experiment with and contribute to new practices, methods, and concepts for embracing uncertainty. Outcomes of the workshop will include documentation of exercises designed to evoke uncertainty in participants, concept mappings, and a collection of short essays written and refined by participants.

To apply, please send a 4-5 page position paper to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> before February 12th, 2020. Position papers should be the ACM Extended Abstract format and take one of the following forms: 

“Keyword” style essays that take on topics related to uncertainty in HCI, including but not limited to: risk,  speculation, precarity, ambiguity, instability, hope, precision, underdetermination, insurance. For relevant examples in the design field, see: <> 
Examples of original research, artworks, films, pictorials, or other creative pieces that deal with questions of uncertainty in HCI in novel or compelling fashion.
Practice-based or methods pieces that explore HCI and design strategies for coping with, leveraging, or otherwise engaging uncertainty.
Additional formats, including essays that draw upon historical approaches to dealing with uncertainty, theoretical pieces, or otherwise will be considered. Feel free to email organizers with questions or ideas. 

The workshop will take place as part of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Honolulu, Hawaii during April 2020. More information about the conference is here: <>. At least one author of each accepted position paper will be required to register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference.

More information about this workshop can be found at: <>.  Please email any questions to: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>. 
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