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Wed, 24 Jan 2007 11:23:39 +0200
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** Call for Papers: Special Issue on Mobility: Understanding mobile use
and users **

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Mobility of all kinds, such as travelling, journeys, trips, hikes, visits
and rides, form an increasingly important part of our everyday lives;
travel distances per person have been constantly increasing worldwide
(e.g., 11% in the U.S. and 12% in Europe from 1995 to 2002). Interest in
mobile technology has increased dramatically in terms of both consumer
demand for new devices and services and corporate investments in R&D.
Services and applications for mobile messaging, browsing, information
retrieval, personal information management, location-based services etc.
are increasing their popularity. In parallel, we are witnessing a
strengthening interest within the HCI community in designing mobile

One problem with designing good mobile interfaces and services lies in the
fact that mobility and mobile users are poorly understood. With increasing
efforts on the side of technology development, in-depth inquiries of the
underlying phenomenon are lacking. Mobility obviously can have both
enabling and disabling effects on the use of technology, but what exactly
is mobility? Which human factors shape mobile interaction and make it
different from desktop-based use? What characterizes social interaction in
mobility? What situational or local resources do people utilize in their
activities when mobile? How do we study mobile use? Accumulating a base of
knowledge on these themes would help designers to recognize false
assumptions and better ground their design choices. Carefully designed
mobile services can be used by users while they are mobile, in the midst
of the places and people they need to communicate and work with.

This Special Issue seeks to foster a scientific understanding of the three
related topics: (1) mobility, (2) mobile users, and (3) mobile use. The
purpose is to provide a timely review of research efforts on the topic.
The Special Issue is concerned not only with the individual user and with
groups of users, but also with the larger social, organizational, and
cultural contexts of the user community. Three kinds of submissions are
* Theoretical papers should deal with descriptive or explanatory models of
mobile use, user, or user community.
* Empirical papers may range from field trials and experimentation to
field observation.
* Methodological papers should be concerned with such issues as how to
analyze mobile interaction and how to discover the structure of user

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* The role of personal and ubiquitous technologies in mobile user
* Core user tasks in mobility and mobile interaction
* Social and cultural aspects of mobility and mobile use
* Psychological resources and limitations of mobile users
* Experiences on interface designs best aligned with the characteristics
of mobility
* Conceptual frameworks for understanding mobility or mobile use
* Foundational analyses of interaction during mobility
* Lessons from field trials on the nature of mobility and mobile use
* Fundamental methods and principles of user research in mobile HCI
* Principles of mobile evaluation techniques

Antti Oulasvirta, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT;
e-mail address: [log in to unmask]

Stephen Brewster, University of Glasgow; e-mail address:
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Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words. Papers should be submitted
according to the IJHCS Guide for authors, and will be refereed in the
standard way. All manuscripts should be submitted online. The IJHCS Guide
for authors and online submission are available at To submit to the Special
Issue, please select Article Type ''SI: Mobility" and clearly state in the
''Enter Comments'' section that the
paper is intended for the ''Mobility: Understanding mobile use and users''
Special Issue being edited by Antti Oulasvirta and Stephen Brewster. If
you are a first time user of the journal's online submission tool, you
will have to register yourself as an author on the system. If you have any
problems with the system please contact Fred Kop, Journal Manager, at
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Important dates
Timeline: 30 May 2007, 1st Submission deadline
30 September 2007, Notification of 1st review
15 December 2008, 2nd Submission
1 March 2008, Final notification
1 April 2008, Final revisions due.
July 2008, Target publication date

Note that these dates are provisional, and may change in the near future.

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