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Janet Vertesi <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 14 Dec 2006 18:00:35 -0800
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Exploring the Practices & Technologies of Representing the Urban  
Environment in Human-Computer Interaction

An interdisciplinary workshop at CHI 2007
San Jose, April 29 2007

Recent technological developments mark the city as a central and  
perhaps special space for human-computer interaction research and  
practice. Visions of ubiquitous computing, the resonance of the  
‘urban probe’, and the proliferation of interactive mapping services  
speak to the significance of the urban landscape to studies of Human- 
Computer Interaction. But such visions and technologies require,  
produce and reproduce images of urban space that influence what these  
systems, and our interactions with them, are and might be. Developing  
and employing technologies for the urban environment requires  
visualization techniques that both reflect and challenge how we  
image, and consequently imagine, the city.

This one-day workshop will explore the practices and technologies of  
imaging the urban environment, bringing together an interdisciplinary  
array of designers, HCI experts, urban planners and technologists to  
investigate such issues as:

* How do we represent the city in HCI, and how do these  
representations inform HCI research and practice?
* What kinds of technological devices, services, and platforms  
support imaging the city now and might be created in the near future?
* How are and might these new representations of the city and urban  
imaging technologies be used for social and political ends?
* What new methods are required for developing technologies that  
image the city in new ways?
* What can we learn from the urban experience to design stronger  
representations and interfaces within HCI research and practice?

We welcome position papers from HCI practitioners, architects,  
visualization specialists, urban planners, futurists and artists.  
Sample topics might include:

* Novel design and use of interactive mapping technologies
* ‘Mashups’ and other user-driven combinations of imaging,  
information and location-based technologies and services
* Urban surveillance technologies: their uses, abuses and implications
* Urban environmental sensing: the social, technical and  
visualization challenges and opportunities
* The design and design implications of GPS-enabled/location-aware  
* Flickr photosharing, photoblogs and the geo-coding of images


Those interested in participating should submit a short position  
paper or case study. Papers should not exceed 4 pages and should  
address a relevant issue in imaging the city/representing urban  

In addition, all applicants must attach or include an ‘image of the  
city’ in electronic format. Please include a brief description of the  
image and rationale for your choice.

* Please submit your paper as a Word or PDF file by email to cdisalvo  
at andrew dot cmu dot edu.
* Papers must be received by January 12, 2007 at 17:00h EST.
* Participants will be notified of selection by February 1, 2007.

Accepted participants will be required to register for the CHI  
workshop at a fee of $150 and to register for one additional day of  
the conference.

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