Workshop: Urban Mixed Realities - Technologies, Theories and Frontiers

April 6th 2008, CHI 2008, Florence, Italy

Important: Submission deadline is now 17th October 2007

Urban mixed realities represent a growing and exciting area of research
which requires new ways of thinking about issues such as usability, place
and presence. This workshop will bring together practitioners and
researchers from fields as diverse as presence and pervasive games with the
objective of discussing the emerging issues within this growing field. We
invite all those with an interest to submit a position paper. Some suggested
topic areas are listed below:

- The role of the urban environment in shaping content and technologies
- Interaction issues within urban environments
- Frameworks and theories: place, presence, co-operative systems and
- Technologies: from mobile phones to head-mounted displays
- Design and evaluation methodologies
- The role of art and performance in urban mixed realities
- Personal and societal issues related to the use and deployment of urban
mixed reality systems
- Applications of urban mixed reality technologies: games, cultural
heritage, emergency response training, pervasive games, social networking

Submission Instructions
You are invited to submit a position paper (maximum four pages) using the
CHI extended abstracts format. These should be submitted to Rod McCall
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email subject field. The deadline for submissions is October 17th 2007, with
notifications being issued by the 28th November 2007. At least one author
from each paper will be required to attend the workshop which is being held
during CHI 2008 in Florence, Italy. The cost of the workshop is $150.

After the Workshop
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a
special issue of the PsychNology Journal on the theme of the workshop
( ). We also expect an article about the workshop
to appear in the British HCI group's Interfaces magazine.

For more information please visit:

Programme Committee
- Rod McCall, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
- Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland
- Wolfgang Broll, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
- Kari Kuutti, University of Oulu, Finland
- Ina Wagner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
- Elisa Giaccardi, University of Colorado, USA
- Luciano Gamberini, University of Padova, Italy

Dr Rod McCall
Collaborative Virtual and Augmented Environments 
Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany
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