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Ecological perspectives in HCI: Promise, Problems, and Potential
A CHI 2015 workshop in Seoul, Korea

Further details at:

Important Dates:
- Submission by: January 19th, 2015 (extended)
- Notification of Acceptance by: February 13th, 2015
- Workshop: April 19th, 2015

Given the important, and ever increasing, role played by "ecology" and
related terms in HCI, there is a need for the field to reflect on the
history and state of the art in employing ecological concepts and
perspectives, and outline directions for future development. This
one-day workshop will contribute to addressing this need by providing
a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the promise,
problems, and potential of ecological perspectives in HCI.

The aim of the workshop is to reflect on interpretations and uses of
ecology and related concepts in HCI research and explore the future of
ecological perspectives in HCI.  In particular, the participants will
discuss the potential of ecological perspectives for supporting rich
and meaningful analysis, as well as innovative design, of interactive
technologies in real-life contexts.

Some of the issues to be addressed at the workshop include (but are
not limited to):
      - Different interpretations and uses of "ecology" in HCI.
      - The reasons why ecological perspectives are popular in HCI
research (e.g., the perceived benefits of adopting an ecological
      - The main difficulties associated with applying the concepts of
ecology, habitat, etc., in HCI research.
      - Integration of physical and digital objects within a
particular ecology.
      - The relationship between the structure, functioning, and
development of an ecology, on the one hand, and user experience, on
the other.
      - Frameworks, models, and methods for studying ecologies.
      - The implications of the shift of focus of HCI toward ecologies
for design research and practice (e.g., for the meaning of "design"
and "designer").
      - Ecological perspectives in HCI research on sustainability.

We invite the submission of position papers, 2-4 pages in the ACM
Extended Abstract format (
offering perspectives on one or more of the above topics.

Submissions should be made by email to [log in to unmask] and
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Please indicate which of the position paper authors will attend the
workshop. Places are limited and we may need to cap the number of
attendees per accepted paper.

At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the
workshop and all workshop participants must register for both the
workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. For some
early indication on prices, please refer to last year's workshop &
conference pricing:

Eli Blevis, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA, and The Hong Kong
Polytechnic University
Susanne B°dker, Aarhus University, Denmark
John Flach, Wright State University, USA
Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Heekyoung Jung, University of Cincinnati, USA
Victor Kaptelinin, Umeň University, Sweden, and University of Bergen, Norway
Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine, USA
Antonio Rizzo, University of Siena, Italy

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