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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
HANDS-ON HAPTICS: EXPLORING NON-VISUAL VISUALISATION USING THE SENSE OF
TOUCH

AN ACM CHI WORKSHOP

3rd-4th APRIL 2005, PORTLAND, OREGON

http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/haptic/

Visualisation using haptic interfaces poses many unique challenges which
are not often encountered when designing interaction methods for other
senses such as hearing and vision. This workshop will bring together a
small number of attendees to brainstorm innovative and exciting new ways
of using haptic feedback for representation of digitally stored data. In
keeping with the CHI 2005 conference theme of the relationship between
technology and "community", one of the main focuses of the workshop will
be on enabling access to on-line communities for visually impaired and
blind computer users. The workshop will also look at how haptic feedback
can be used to provide additional parameters for multimodal visualisation,
in combination with audio and vision. For example, haptics could be used
to provide access to on-line, real time data, such as currency exchange
rates, or  to display data from a networked game. An application such as
tactile maps from route-finding applications could enhance independence
and quality of life for a blind person.

WORKSHOP FORMAT

The first day will consist of short presentations of position papers,
demos and discussion. . Novel haptic designs are often difficult to
articulate in a traditional conference format, therefore demonstrations
will be emphasised as a core part of the activities to maximise the
benefits provided by the workshop format.

The second day is the "hands on" day! Participants will work together in
small groups to produce tangible mock-ups of haptic visualisations, which
exemplify successful or interesting design strategies resulting from day
one.

SUBMISSIONS

Participants should submit a position paper (max 4 pages in CHI format),
providing a viewpoint on the topics covered by the workshop, focussing on
novel methods of haptic visualisation. This can include, but is not
limited to, problems encountered, potential solutions and the results of
evaluations. Applications need not be limited to visualisations of
numerical data in the form of graphs and tables, and we encourage
submissions on other related topics, including novel uses of haptics for
presentation of graphics to visually impaired people, and creative use of
haptics in other applications such as gaming, communication and mobile
devices. Participants will be selected based upon the quality of their
position papers; diversity in backgrounds and viewpoints will be
emphasised during selection. Preference will be given to participants who
will demonstrate systems which exemplify their viewpoints. Technical
requirements for any demos should also be specified in a supporting
document.

IMPORTANT DATES:

10th January 2005: Deadline for submission of position papers
31st January: Final attendees confirmed, notification of acceptance.
3rd-4th April: Workshop

FURTHER INFORMATION:

www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/haptic

Dr Steven Wall & Prof Stephen Brewster,
Department of Computing Science,
University of Glasgow,
Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK

e-mail: [log in to unmask]
phone: +44 (0)141 330 4500

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