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Bert Bongers <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:36:00 +1000
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Rural HCI - a full day Workshop at the OzCHI conference in Canberra, 
Australia, 29 November 2011.

Call for Papers / Proposals

Computer technology over the past decades has decreased in size, and 
at the same time has become increasingly networked. The field of 
Human-Computer Interaction research and design addresses this through 
ubiquitous, pervasive and ambient computing paradigms. Whereas most 
of this research concentrates on the home and work environments in 
urban areas, more research is needed into the possibilities of 
interaction on the rural and landscape scale. Rural HCI is where the 
electronic ecology meets the natural ecology and human-made 
landscape. For instance, the ecological stance of permaculture is 
very much about distributed (rather than centralised) food production 
and consumption, and system design with shorter and more sustainable 
loops. The currently very relevant discussions around the 
de-centralised energy 'harvesting' follow this approach too. These 
are examples of approaches that can lead to more efficiency, less 
waste and generally contribute to the sustainability of practices.
Rural HCI aims to bring together these important social, cultural, 
technical and conceptual approaches with a structured response from 
the field of interactive technologies. With the workshop we intent to 
bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of 
rural-scale interaction, in order to establish what the issues are, 
and how to approach the problematics. The workshop aims to develop 
new guidelines, practical knowledge and theoretical frameworks.

Possible topics:
distributed energy generation
sub-urban scale interaction
landscape design and art
remote presence
distributed energy storage
sustainability, pollution
tele-health, remote rehabilitation,
social and cultural issues related to rural and outback
bushfire prevention
water management
remote sensing and actuating
multimodal interaction paradigms
social networking
energy harvesting
technical factors: long range wireless and mesh networks, NBN
geographic information systems (GIS)
navigation (incl GPS), mapping
information representation
indigenous cultures attitudes and knowledge relating to the land
artistic practices and responses to sustainability

*   Participants are expected to submit a position paper and/or 
another contribution in the form of an installation, a manifesto, a 
demonstrator, or a prototype.
*  Paper Proposals and Expressions of Interest of max. 4 pages can be 
submitted in any format and lay out (PDF files preferred) by the 7 
October Deadline.
*        Final submission format details for accepted contributions 
will be announced nearer the time.
*       Prepare a 10-15 minute presentation for the Workshop as a 
basis for further discussions and contribution to the aims of the 

7 October Paper proposals / position papers due
4 November Notification of acceptance
18 November Final papers due
Tuesday 29 November: workshop

Workshop organisers: Bert Bongers (University of Technology Sydney) 
(contact person, <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]), Elise 
van den Hoven (TU Eindhoven), Jon Pearce (University of Melbourne), 
Stuart Smith (NeuRA) and Tarsha Finney (UTS).

More information on this web site:

And a poster can be downloaded from


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