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Yoram Chisik <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 1 Jun 2016 06:36:37 -0400
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Of Kittens and Kiddies: Reflections On Participatory Design with Small Animals and Small Humans
Workshop at PDC 2016 (Aarhus, Denmark 15-19 August 2016)

Participatory Design strives to broaden the perspective of and increase empathy in design by giving specific and often under represented user groups, such as children or older people, a voice in the design process. The exact nature of the role played by such participants in the design process (e.g. user, informant, codesigner) and how much voice they are actually given has been the subject of a long and heated debate in the participatory design community. The emerging field of Animal Computer Interaction, which seeks to empower animals through user-centered technology, offers an interesting opportunity for a comparative analysis. Indeed, working with animals poses many of the challenges also posed by working with children, due to similarities with regards to cognitive capabilities or attention span at particular developmental stages, and with regards to the designer’s ability to communicate with them.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the fields of animal and child computer interaction to explore similarities and difference in the challenges they face, the methods they use and the lessons they have learnt, to date, with the objective of gaining a better understanding of these important aspects and setting an agenda for further collaboration and study between the two communities.

We invite interested researchers to submit a short (2-4 pages) position paper providing a brief overview of your work with children, animals or both and your thoughts on the juxtaposition of participatory design with animals and children.

Submissions due: 1 July, 2016
Acceptance notification: 15 July 2016
Workshop day:  16 August, 2016

Yoram Chisik, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI). 
Clara Mancini, The Open University

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