***  CSCW 2017 Workshop on Talking with Conversational
***  Agents in Collaborative Action
***  Portland, OR, USA, 26th February 2017
***  EXTENDED due date: 9th January 2017
***  https://talkingwithagents.wordpress.com/

This one-day workshop intends to bring together both academics and industry
practitioners to explore collaborative challenges in speech interaction.
Recent improvements in speech recognition and computing power has led to
conversational interfaces being introduced to many of the devices we use every
day, such as smartphones, watches, and even televisions. These interfaces allow
users to get things done, often by just speaking commands, relying on a
reasonably well understood single-user model. While research on speech
recognition is well established, the social implications of these interfaces
remain underexplored, such as how we socialise, work, and play around such
technologies, and how these might be better designed to support collaborative
collocated talk-in-action. Moreover, the advent of new products such as the
Amazon Echo, which are positioned as supporting multi-user interaction in
collocated environments such as the home, makes exploring the social and
collaborative challenges around these products, a timely topic. In the
workshop, we will review current practices and reflect upon prior work on
studying talk-in-action and collocated interactions. We wish to begin a
dialogue that takes on the renewed interest in research on spoken interaction
with devices, grounded in the existing practices of the CSCW community.

For this workshop, we invite contributions (either posters or position papers)
relating to the design and study of speech-enabled technologies in
collaborative settings, including but not limited to any of the following:
- Studies of social settings where speech-enabled technologies are used, or
 may be used in future
- Design, deployments, and studies of speech-enabled technologies for single –
 and multi-person use
- Experiments that show implications of design choices (tone, gender, etc.)
 that might impact on socialising with speech-enabled technologies
- Examples or considerations of how to support the discovery of speech
 functionality in situ
- Considerations of how sensitive social contexts and privacy might be managed
 when voice is the interface
- Examples of where speech-enabled technologies are used for co-operative or
 collaborative purposes
- Approaches and examples of how studies of face-to-face interaction inform
 design of devices
- Studies that explore how such systems could bridge the gulf between
 expectation and experience
- Techniques of sensing ‘social context’, e.g. collocation, conversation, and
 bodily orientation
- Concepts and design examples of systems that support collocated
 group-awareness and coordination
- Discussions of methods and tools to study and evaluate socio-technical
 systems with a focus on collocated settings
- Conceptual frames aiding the understanding of collocated interaction
- Case studies and lessons learned from evaluating the impact of technology on
 collocated interactions


Potential participants should submit a 3-6 page position paper (including
references) in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format (2016) describing their
interest and/or previous work related to the workshop topic. Submissions and
questions should be emailed to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. At least one author of each
accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all participants must
register for the workshop through the conference registration system.

Submission: 9th January 2016
Notification: 20th January 2017
Workshop: 26th February 2017


Martin Porcheron, University of Nottingham, UK
Joel E. Fischer, University of Nottingham, UK
Moira McGregor, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Barry Brown, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Ewa Luger, University of Edinburgh, UK
Heloisa Candello, IBM Research, Brazil
Kenton O’Hara, Microsoft Research, UK


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