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Cfp: CHI 2014 Workshop on "Enabling Empathy in Health and Care: Design
Methods and Challenges"

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2014
<> annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in
Computing, held in Toronto, Canada  26 April - 1 May.

// Important Dates:

Submission by: 17 Jan. 2014
Notification of acceptance: 10 Feb. 2014
Workshop day: 27 April 2014

// Workshop website:

The role of empathy has come to prominence in HCI as the community deals
with issues in medical, health and emotionally charged contexts. In such
settings empathizing with others is crucial in understanding the
experience of living with specific conditions or to be sensitive to the
emotions of potentially vulnerable participants. HCI also becomes
implicated in designing new tools and technologies that support empathic
relations. This workshop aims to develop a richer conceptual and practical
understanding of empathic engagement and design methods in this context to
support and shape an agenda for future research.

We invite authors to submit 2-4 page position papers (in ACM Extended
Abstract <> format)
describing research on or experiences related to the role of empathy in
HCI research in the context of health and care. This includes, but is not
limited to, the following topics:

* Explorations of the meaning of empathy in HCI within the context of
health and care;
* Designs and design methods that facilitate empathic engagements with
participants in the context of health and care and/or enable
teaching/learning how to be empathic;
* Case studies that report on empathic engagements with vulnerable people
in the context of health or care;
* Descriptive and reflective accounts of how empathic engagements helped
or hindered in the understanding, analysis and interpretation of the
* Personal accounts on the emotional experiences and coping of researchers
conducting fieldwork in health or care settings.

Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to empathyhci[at]

Position papers will be reviewed by a committee of experts in the
aforementioned topics according to their significance, quality of
presentation, as well as their potential to stimulate discussion.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the
workshop and at least one day of the main conference.

// Workshop Organizers:
Anja Thieme, Newcastle University
John Vines, Newcastle University
Jayne Wallace, Dundee University
Rachel Clarke, Newcastle University
Petr Slovak, Vienna University of Technology
John McCarthy, University College Cork
Michael Massimi, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Andrea Grimes Parker, Northeastern University

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