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Call for participation - CHI 2009 Workshop (Boston, MA, USA, April 2009)

Crowd-Computer Interaction


Crowds are an integral feature of contemporary life, and emerging 
technologies raise questions around how new interactional forms might 
work in crowd contexts. In this workshop, we will examine crowds as a 
unit of interaction for technology design, focusing primarily on 
collocated assemblies of people who interact in the same timeframe. The 
goals of the workshop include identifying foundational materials, 
canonical examples, and key gaps in our knowledge of crowd interactions, 
in order to better understand the state of the art of research and 
design of crowd technologies. The predominant themes of the workshop are 
interactions within crowds, diverse crowd configurations and individual 
and collective experience.

Over the course of the one-day workshop, we will engage in crowd 
exercises intended to stimulate discussion and analysis, present a 
selection of short papers, and engage in group discussions inspired by 
workshop themes, paper presentations, and exercises.

We invite position papers of 2-3 pages, in .pdf or .doc format, relating 
to the themes of the workshop. Topics include but are not limited to:

• Studies of crowd behaviour and dynamics
• Crowd applications and games
• Interactions between audience and performers
• Techniques for collective interactions and gestures
• Systems/studies relating to spectator experiences
• Systems for measuring and responding to crowd behaviour
• Mass effects of person-to-person mechanisms such as epidemic 
networking or file-sharing

In addition each position paper should propose a crowd-based exercise to 
be done during the workshop. This exercise should be grounded in the 
participant’s study of, or design for, crowd settings.

Workshop Organisers

Barry Brown, UC San Diego
Kenton O’Hara, CSIRO
Tim Kindberg, HP Labs
Amanda Williams, UC Irvine

Submissions should be emailed to kenton [at] gwork [dot] org

Submission deadline: October 23rd, 2008
Notification: November 28th, 2008
Workshop: April 2009

This workshop will take place at CHI 2009 (http://chi2009.org) in 
Boston, MA, USA.

More information can be found at the conference web site


We look forward to your submissions!

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