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International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI)

Special issue Call for Papers: ”Mobile HCI in Scandinavia”

Submission due: 20 Nov 2011


Scandinavia has in many ways served as a forerunner for IT research and development. With its roots in the 1970s, “the Scandinavian School” marked an important point of departure and orientation for design of IT artifacts - an orientation which later on gained popularity under labels such as cooperative design, user-centered design, and participatory design. Common to this orientation was the acknowledgement of the human and the use context as central and important elements in the design process. In HCI (Human Computer Interaction) the human has continued to be a key focal point and, accordingly, theories for understanding the human in HCI now cover a whole range of perspectives – including but not limited to: cognitive psychology models of the human and models covering, for example, embodied interaction, emotions, affections, engagement, play and learning; methods for characterizing the human via personas and scenarios; and contextual approaches appropriated and developed to further understand and  describe the user in context including, for example,  ethnographic methods and contextual design approaches. In Mobile HCI, the human and the use context continue to be a central focus. From models of the use context as a highly fluid, ever-changing and dynamic surrounding, via phenomenological approaches applied to re-think the relation between the user and the use context, to empirical studies of mobile interaction “in the wild”, the need to better understand and model mobile users and the mobile use context is increasingly important.

 During the last 10 years Scandinavia has continued to contribute to this development and in some aspects also served as a key player in the development of mobile HCI. Scandinavia is the home for several commercial players in this area including, for example, Nokia and Ericsson.  During the last 10 years several large-scale research programs have been run including the Mobile Informatics research program and the ongoing Mobile Life research program. Most recently, the Mobile Life Center also hosted the annual ACM conference Mobile HCI 2011. Added to this picture, Scandinavia has run a great number of additional research projects with clear bearing for mobile HCI including projects on, for example, mobile learning, embodied interaction, mobile fieldwork, and mobile communication practices.

 In this special issue, the theme of which is “Mobile HCI in Scandinavia”, we seek novel contributions that expand the literature on Mobile HCI and which address the theme.  We seek original papers which, taken together, reflect current research trends in mobile HCI in Scandinavia.

 Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 -    Critical perspectives on mobile HCI in Scandinavia

-    Empirical cases contributing to “the Scandinavian school” of mobile HCI

-    Frameworks, theories, and concepts for describing important findings with a clear bearing for Scandinavian mobile HCI

-    Design studies aimed at advancing the Scandinavian approach to mobile HCI

-    Novel approaches to mobile HCI that might advance or challenge current Scandinavian approaches to mobile HCI

 We solicit high-quality contributions addressing one or more of these topics. Submissions should clearly address how they relate to the general theme of this special issue and how the contribution enhances the state of the art in its particular domain. We especially welcome papers dealing with empirical data, descriptions of novel mobile HCI systems, and discussions on theory and methodology related to the theme of this special issue. 

 We also invite authors to contribute to this special issue with two additional formats including: 1) PhD summary papers (for PhDs related to this special issue, awarded in the past 18 months, and validated by the supervisor), and 2) Book reviews of seminal Scandinavian-based publications related to the theme of this special issue.

 All submissions should be in English. Please note that all submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of the guest editor of this special issue, i.e. prof. Mikael Wiberg, email: [log in to unmask]


Important dates:

Submission due: 20 Nov 2011

Reviews due: 10 Dec 2011

Camera-ready version due: 20 Jan 2012


Guest editor:

Mikael Wiberg Professor, Chair in HCI, Associate editor: International Journal of Mobile HCI

Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

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