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Tim Coughlan <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:36:29 +0000
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Due to several requests we have allowed more time for submissions, so there is still a chance to submit your 2-4 page position paper. These are now due by Friday, 18th January at the absolute latest, but earlier submissions will be much appreciated!

METHODS FOR STUDYING TECHNOLOGY IN THE HOME 
A workshop to be held as part of ACM CHI 2013. 
April 27th, 2013.
Palais de Congrès, Paris, France.
Position Papers due: January 18th, 2013 at the absolute latest - please submit earlier if you can.

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CONTACT
 
Website: http://studyingthehome.wp.horizon.ac.uk/
Please email us with any queries or ideas at: [log in to unmask] 
 
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OVERVIEW
 
This workshop will explore the methods used to study our interactions with technology in home contexts. We will share practices, identify key issues and potential for innovations in this space.
 
Technology is becoming ever more integral to our home lives, and visions such as ubiquitous computing, smart technologies and the Internet of Things represent a further stage of this development. However studying interactions and experiences in the home, and drawing understanding from this to inform design, is a substantial challenge for many researchers in HCI and other disciplines.
 
In collecting data, understanding current practices, and evaluating potential designs, researchers need to consider a range of specific issues, such as domestication processes and intrusiveness. We also need to understand how varied relationships, activities, objects and physical spaces constitute our individual home lives. New technologies present opportunities for further data to be collected in home environments, but require a deep understanding of issues specific to home life.
 
This workshop will bring together a cross-disciplinary group of researchers with experiences of researching technology in the home, in order to map the space of methods in use, identify connections, tensions and gaps, and explore the potential for further innovation to meet the challenges we face. Together we will develop a coherent understanding of this methodological space, and identify connections and gaps, where further development of methods can occur to overcome issues specific to studying the home.
 
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
 
We invite you to submit a 2-4 page position paper, based on your interests and experiences with studying technology in the home. This paper should outline a method that you have used in your research, and critically reflect on the application of this method to a study related to the home. It should then highlight the particular challenges faced, how the method used was, or could be, combined with other approaches, and how it could be further refined.
 
We invite contributions from researchers working in areas including, but not restricted to:
 
-Ethnographic or observational studies in homes, including dormitories and shared buildings
 
-Approaches to exploring design through narratives, e.g. scenarios or user enactments 
 
-Prototype design and evaluation studies using field trials in homes, lab studies and smart home demonstrators built for research purposes 
 
-Living Lab and action research approaches to innovation related to the home
 
-Automated approaches to capturing or analysing quantitative data about activities in the home
 
-Application areas such as medical, assistive and e-health technologies, media and entertainment, smart appliances, smart grids, behaviour change, technologies for families, children and the elderly, home automation and many others where the home is a key context of use.

In particular, we invite submissions which explore this space from an interdisciplinary perspective, and consider how the research areas above are combined in research projects. For example how ethnographic methods can be used in conjunction with creative design processes, or how qualitative understanding can be used in conjunction with quantitative data collected from sensors and logs of activity around the home.
 
Please email your position paper to: [log in to unmask]

Submissions due: January 18th, 2013 at the absolute latest - please submit earlier if you can.
Notifications: February 8th 2013.
 
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ORGANISING COMMITTEE 
 
Tim Coughlan, Michael Brown & Sarah Martindale, University of Nottingham, UK.
Rob Comber & Thomas Ploetz, Newcastle University, UK.
Kerstin Leder Mackley & Val Mitchell, Loughborough University, UK.
Sharon Baurley, Brunel University, UK.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Richard Mortier: Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
Sarah Pink: School of Media and Communication / Design Research Institute – RMIT University, Melbourne
Glyn Lawson: Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham
Murray Goulden: Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
Peter Tolmie: Mixed Reality Lab, Computer Science, University of Nottingham
Sue Cobb: Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham
Alexa Spence: Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
Tom Hargreaves, School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia
Victoria Haines, User-Centred Design Research Group, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University
Lydia Martens, School of Sociology and Criminology, Keele University
Gregory Abowd, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

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