apologies for multiple postings.
In conjunction with the MobileHCI 2017 we will organize the second
on Unobtrusive User Experiences with Technology in Nature* and invite you
to submit a 4 page position or research paper.
Please see the call for papers below or visit the workshop website
******* Call for MobileHCI '17 Workshop Papers *******
NatureCHI - Unobtrusive User Experiences
with Technology in Nature
Workshop homepage: http://www.naturechi.net/
Conference homepage: https://mobilehci.acm.org/2017/
Submission deadline for position papers: May 19th
Notification of acceptance: June 9th
Workshop Day: September 4th
About the Workshop
The ‘Unobtrusive User Experiences with Technology in Nature’ workshop
addresses the overlap of technology usage and experiences with the nature.
The ever-growing omnipresence of technology in our everyday life and the
idea of nature with pure, meditative or adventurous experiences may create
conflicts in values, cultures and user behaviour. On the other hand,
technology may be used to share or intensify experiences, or for bringing a
piece of nature closer (as well as more accessible).
This workshop focuses on the challenge of designing unobtrusive technology
usage and user experiences in nature. We welcome researchers and
practitioners working on ethnographic studies, user research, design cases,
prototype development and artistic installations related to technology and
nature. The one day workshop will include short presentations, exercises
outside of the classroom and with design probes, and a demo session.
To apply to the workshop, submit a max. 4 page position or research paper
in CHI EA format (references will not count towards page limit), through
the Easy Chair submission system NatureCHI Easy Chair. The submissions do
not need to be anonymised.
The papers will be reviewed by the workshop organizers and program
committee. Accepted papers will be made available at the workshop webpage.
Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted paper must attend the
workshop. All participants must register for both the workshop and for at
least one day of the conference.
The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to the
* Design and use of unobtrusive technologies and services for interacting
* Novel UI mechanisms and metaphors for interacting with nature
* Nature integrated UIs and technologies
* Cultural aspects of interactions in nature
* Social acceptance of technology use in nature
* Non-use of technology vs. the use of enabling technologies in nature
* Technologies that enable going into nature but do not interrupt the
user’s experience in nature
* Reliance on technology in nature, and its potential consequences
* Value based design and respect for nature
* Temporal design aspects and ephemeral user interfaces with nature as the
* Designing for individual users vs. travelling together, and converging
and diverging user group behavior in nature
* Recommendations for being in nature in the relevant context, e.g.
weather, floods, ground saturation
The workshop organisers are currently exploring opportunities for a journal
special issue that will include extended versions of suitable papers
submitted to the workshop.
Jonna Häkkilä - University of Lapland
Nicola J. Bidwell - Universities of Namibia and Pretoria, South Africa
Keith Chervest - Lancaster University, UK
Johannes Schöning - University of Bremen, Germany
Simon Robinson - Swansea University, UK
Ashley Colley - University of Lapland
Felix Kosmalla - DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany
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