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Tue, 26 Apr 2005 16:30:19 +0200
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                      Call for Participation

              Workshop on The Role of Emotion in HCI

                        to be held at the
                HCI 2005 Conference, Edinburgh, UK

                    Tuesday, 6th September 2005



Emotion is underrepresented in HCI, despite its obvious and 
demonstrated importance. It has been shown that emotions influence 
people’s attitude towards products and their own current and next 
action. There is evidence that emotion play an essential role in 
rational decision making, perception, learning, and other cognitive 
functions. HCI activity, both commercially and academically, should 
reflect this fact.
Any attempts to expand the field have suffered from being anecdotal 
or lacking a systematic approach. There seems to be no rigorous 
footing for HCI-related emotion research, nor a general concept of 
how emotions should be treated within HCI and its sub-disciplines. 
But it is necessary to clear up those theoretical issues in advance 
before any other steps towards affective computing can be sensibly 

This one-day workshop wants to take on the challenge by discussing 
theoretical fundamentals of HCI-related emotion research, emotions’ 
function in HCI, and also practical implications and consequences 
for the HCI community.

Topics (non-exclusively) addressed by the workshop are:
- How do HCI people define "emotion", and are all emotions
   of interest to HCI?
- Which opportunities and risks are there?
- Which function do emotions have in HCI and can we develop an
   actionable framework to support it?
- Are there reliable and replicable processes to include emotion in
   HCI design projects?
- How applicable are research results from other disciplines,
   is there need for HCI specific emotion research?
- Can we solve emotion related issues within the HCI domain, or
   do we need support from other fields of computer science or
   other sciences?
- Are there new intersections between sub-disciplines concerning
   emotions, and is there need for a new sub-discipline?
- Do all HCI sub-disciplines have the same interest in emotions/
   who can benefit most from considering emotions?
- Which value might affective applications, affective systems, and
   affective interaction have?
- Which impact will emotion awareness have on HCI in general and the
   sub-disciplines in particular?

The workshop wants to draw together scientists and practitioners 
from a variety of disciplines: usability, task analysis, interface 
design experts, operating systems specialists, software architects, 
communication and network experts, sensor developers, and others. We 
want to discuss about the named topics in as wide an application 
spectrum as possible, such as internet applications, office work, 
programming, call centres, control rooms, mobile computing, mobile 
phones, virtual reality, presence, or home applications.

You are cordially invited to become part of this interdisciplinary 
forum. Your contribution can be three-fold:
    a) register and take part in the workshop
    b) as a) + give a short talk on your ideas, visions or concerns
       (5-10 minutes)
    c) as a) + present a demo, video, or interactive experience

In any case, we ask you to send us some thoughts of yours related to 
the topic prior to the workshop for best possible preparation of the 

It is planned to produce a special issue of a journal on the results 
of the workshop, with accepted short papers and demos thought to 
become part of it.

Please note that registration to the HCI conference is required in 
order to take part in the workshop (at least for the 6th September).

For a more detailed description of the workshop visit the workshop's 
web site:

Submit your comments, thoughts, concerns to
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Deadline: The earlier the better, but just keep them coming!

Submit your position paper/demo description (about 800 words) to
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Deadline: 01 June 2005

For inquiries use [log in to unmask]
or contact on of us directly:
        Christian Peter: [log in to unmask]
        Gerred Blyth   : [log in to unmask]

The conference web site with regitration information is

Workshop committee:
Christian Peter, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Gerred Blyth, Amberlight Partners Ltd, London, UK
Prof. Bodo Urban, Rostock University, Rostock, Germany
Prof. John Waterworth, Umeĺ  University, Sweden
Lesley Axelrod, Brunel University, London, UK
Steffen Mader, Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany
Nicola Millard, British Telecom plc., Ipswich, UK

Christian Peter, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics
Joachim Jungius Str. 11, 18059 Rostock, Germany

Phone:  +49 - 381 - 40 24 122; Fax:   +49 - 381 - 40 24 199
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