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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:38:22 -0400
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Morgan & Claypool is proud to announce a new title in our series on
Human-Centered Informatics (HCI).  We will be at CHI 2015 and welcome you to
visit the HCI publisher, Diane Cerra in our booth.


Proxemic Interactions: From Theory to Practice
Nicolai Marquardt, University College London
Saul Greenberg, University of Calgary
ISBN (Print):  9781627056564
ISBN (eBook):  9781627056571
February 2015, 199 pages


In the everyday world, much of what we do as social beings is dictated by
how we perceive and manage our interpersonal space. This is called
proxemics. At its simplest, people naturally correlate physical distance to
social distance. We believe that people's expectations of proxemics can be
exploited in interaction design to mediate their interactions with devices
(phones, tablets, computers, appliances, large displays) contained within a
small ubiquitous computing ecology. Just as people expect increasing
engagement and intimacy as they approach others, so should they naturally
expect increasing connectivity and interaction possibilities as they bring
themselves and their devices in close proximity to one another. This is
called Proxemic Interactions.

This book concerns the design of proxemic interactions within such future
proxemic-aware ecologies. It imagines a world of devices that have
fine-grained knowledge of nearby people and other devices-how they move into
range, their precise distance, their identity, and even their
orientation-and how such knowledge can be exploited to design interaction


The first part of this book concerns theory. After introducing proxemics, we
operationalize proxemics for ubicomp interaction via the Proxemic
Interactions framework that designers can use to mediate people's
interactions with digital devices. The framework, in part, identifies five
key dimensions of proxemic measures (distance, orientation, movement,
identity, and location) to consider when designing proxemic-aware ubicomp
systems. The second part of this book applies this theory to practice via
three case studies of proxemic-aware systems that react continuously to
people's and devices' proxemic relationships. The case studies explore the
application of proxemics in small-space ubicomp ecologies by considering
first person-to-device, then device-to-device, and finally person-to-person
and device-to-device proxemic relationships. We also offer a critical
perspective on proxemic interactions in the form of "dark patterns," where
knowledge of proxemics may (and likely will) be easily exploited to the
detriment of the user.


Series: Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics
Series Editor: John M. Carroll, Penn State University


Use of this book as a course text is encouraged, and the texts may be
downloaded without restriction by members of institutions that have licensed
accessed to the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer
Science or after a one-time fee of $20.00 each by members of non-licensed
schools. To find out whether your institution is licensed, visit <
<>> or follow the links above and
attempt to download the PDF. Additional information about Synthesis can be
found through the following links or by contacting me directly.


This book can also be purchased in print from Amazon and other booksellers

 <> Individual subscriptions to
Synthesis are available for just $99.00 per year. This subscription will
provide individuals with unrestricted access to all Synthesis titles:


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request your desk copy


Brent Beckley
Direct Marketing Manager
Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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