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REMINDER: Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (1000 words): 27th July 2012

Special Issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) on Human-food interaction: Designing computer systems for food in everyday life

Building on the concerns of CHI2012 workshop Food and Interaction Design, the aim of the special issue is to bring together the many strands of empirical research in the emerging intersection between human-food and human-technology interaction. This special issue focuses on the food practices of everyday life, where individuals eat, cook, grow, shop, share and communicate about food. We identify three broad themes from which we seek high-quality, innovative, and thought provoking research: sustainability; health and wellbeing; social and sensorial experiences surrounding food. We explore how computer systems can be used to raise awareness of and support or change food related practices but also where they can be used to support and elicit creative, intimate, and, playful responses in social environments.

We call for empirical studies of computer systems for the wide variety of food practices in human-food interaction. A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest includes:

- Methods and systems for the capture and probing of food practices

- How technology is used to enhance sensory and experiential aspects of food consumption

- Approaches to evaluating and measuring technological impact in food practices and systems

- Discussions of technologies to facilitate social experiences of food culture

- Culturally specific food practices and related uses of technologies

- Spatial and location-based technologies to help create particular food-related experiences

- Technologies to support small-scale and urban agriculture

- Community engagement strategies surrounding food

- Personalisation and recommendation systems to support food choices

- Systems for increasing food chain transparency

- Playful and creative engagement in food performances

Papers addressing theoretical issues will only be considered where the contribution is exceptional.

Full call and details are available on the IJHCS website (

Paper submission

Authors are requested to submit an extended abstract (up to 1000 words) by 27th July. Proposals should outline the concrete research contributions of a full paper. Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted proposals will be invited to submit a full paper.  All submissions should be made to the IJHCS submission system at selecting "Special Issue: Human Food Interaction" as the Article Type. Full manuscripts should be submitted according to the IJHCS Guide for authors and will be blind refereed. Articles must be based on original research, although extended versions of published conference papers may be acceptable if they contain at least 50% new material. All manuscripts should be submitted online. The IJHCS Guide for authors and online submission is available at

Key dates

Deadline for abstracts: 27th July 2012

Invitation to authors to submit full paper: 31st August 2012

Full papers due: 9th November 2012

Author notification: 11th January 2013

Revised papers due: 1st March 2013

Guest editors

Rob Comber, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Urban Informatics Research Lab, Queensland University of Technology, Australia ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

Jettie Hoonhout, Human Interaction and Experiences Group, Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

Kenton O'Hara, Socio-Digital Systems Group, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK ([log in to unmask])

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