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Sriram Subramanian <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:55:15 +0100
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Call for Papers
British Computing Society
Interaction Specialist Group
First International Workshop
Expressive Interaction for Sustainability and Empowerment
October 29th - 30th, London, UK

The next generation of interactive technologies will be dominated by
touch, gesture and other forms of movement. Collectively we refer to
these as expressive interactions.
Tracking technologies are increasingly able to locate and follow
people as they move through, or gesture in 3D space. Multi-touch
surfaces and proximity sensing are set to be commonplace in business
and leisure environments. New forms of 2D gestural interactions are
emerging in different cultural settings.  The next generation pico
projectors promise to turn any surface into a re-configurable
interactive device. Mobile devices enable expressive interactions with
public displays changing the language and nature of interaction,
particularly outside Europe and the USA.
The opportunities presented by these developments go far beyond iPhone
apps, Wii games and photo applications on multi-touch tables. Large
numbers of people who have previously been excluded from the digital
economy have the potential to be empowered. The tyranny of the western
keyboard and rectangular screen can be replaced by new forms of
interaction that are much more intuitive and expressive. This in turn
will democratize access to a wide range of new services, cutting
across language, literacy and other barriers.
The technology drivers for this change come at an opportune moment for
the world as it grapples with the sustainability agenda and enabling
inclusivity. Interaction design must address the social, cultural,
economic and environmental impact that it is having and develop
methods to ensure sustainable designs. Technologies providing
ubiquitous mobile access and intuitive interactions can be harnessed
to enable a more inclusive approach, empowering people who are
economically, educationally or physically challenged. Thus the digital
economy can be opened up to a wider world.

Workshop Aims:
The overall aim of the workshop is to explore and understand the
impact of new forms of expressive interaction that arise from new and
emerging interactive technologies on economic, cultural and
environmental sustainability.
In particular, the workshop aims to
.      assess the impact expressive forms of interaction based on
gesture, movement and touch will have on all people and economies, and
.      understand sustainable design at a time of rapid technological,
economic, environmental and demographic change.
Position papers of 1000 - 2000 words are invited that address the
workshop's aims and that focus on designing inclusive and sustainable
expressive interactions. These will be reviewed by an internal
programme committee and authors of accepted papers will be asked to
submit a camera ready.

Example topics include:
Building natural multi-modal interfaces for accessibility of services
in rural areas
Mechanisms of social interaction based on expressive technologies for
changes in the quality of life.
Developing specialized interfaces for facilitating assisted living.
Studies of people using expressive technologies to enhance quality of life.
Mobile Interaction and shared media infrastructure for inclusivity and
Multi-user, multi-modal, multi-touch interaction for inclusivity and
New paradigms, methodologies and tools for sustainable interaction design.
Exploring new combinations of input and output devices such as
handwriting, interactive surfaces, pen, touch, gesture, haptic, speech
and audio, remote connection and visualization for inclusivity and
Cross-cultural applications of expressive interactions in everyday
activities in education, health and enabling entrepreneurship.
Enabling sustainability in rural settings through reconfigurable
modalities and energy efficiency.
Robust Interaction with uncertain data in expressive interactions.
Power efficient interaction and expressive interactions..
Adaptivity and intelligence in inclusive and sustainable expressive
 'Human-in-the-loop' interaction for inclusivity and sustainability.
Near-user development tools and environments for sustainable
expressive interaction design and production.
 'Long-tail' computing and personalization for inclusivity and sustainability.

Submissions due Friday 17th July 2009, 5pm BST
Notification of acceptance      Monday 17th August 2009
Camera-ready copy       Friday 18th September 2009

To be confirmed but the location will be in Central London, UK
Submission process
See the workshop website for further instructions

Workshop Chair
Tom McEwan, Centre for interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Technical Chairs
David Benyon, Centre for interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Sriram Subramanian, Department of Computer Science, Bristol University, UK

The proceedings will be published by the British Computer Society
(BCS) and Springer-Verlag and made available though the electronic
writings in computing (EWIC) system.

To be confirmed in the region of Full delegate rate: 150 (130 for
BCS members), Student rate: 50 (30 for BCS members)

Dr. Sriram Subramanian
Senior Lecturer                          [log in to unmask]
Department of Computer Science    Tel: (44 or 0)117-3315235
University of Bristol             FAX: (44 or 0)117-9545208
Woodland Road, BS8 1UB UK

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