CHI'97 One Day Workshop
Workshops begin 22 March 1997, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Ernest A. Edmonds (LUTCHI Research Centre, Loughborough University, UK)
Thomas P. Moran   (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, USA)

Current computer application systems are best at dealing with well-defined
materials rather than in helping users create new concepts. For example, it
is easier to use comupters to draft precise drawings than to quickly sketch
new configurations; it is easier to craft polished documents than to jot
ideas and play with them. A body of research is beginning to accumulate
that explores systems, such as pen-based sketching applications, to support
the user in dealing with ill-defined concepts and materials. The key idea
is that a person needs be able to easily create a concrete representation,
even for abstract ideas and then respond to it perceptually to discover new
arrangements representing new ideas. The new concepts emerge from the
concrete materials of the representation (see, e.g., "The Reflective
Practitioner" by Donald Schon). The research question is how interactive
systems can aid users in quickly creating and manipulating representations
and whether they can support the discovery of new relationships,
structures, and meanings in the materials. This is clearly an important new
direction for the development of computer system design.

The goal is to bring together researchers who have worked on or thought
about the theme of emergence from a variety of perspectives, disciplines,
and fields. Participation is solicited from a variety of communities: not
only the CHI community, the psychology, sociology, design, architecture,
philosophy, and other communities. The goal of the workshop is to be
integrative across both the basic issues of emergent behavior and the
implications for system design.

In the context of the above theme and goale, an initial set of topics for
the workshop are:

  1. Theory and empirical studies of discovery
     -  psychological studies of perception and imagery
     -  sociological studies of creative practices

  2. Thinking and practice in art and design
     -  emergence and sketching
     -  artifical life
     -  emergence and interaction

  3. Computational support for emergent shapes and processes
     -  computational modelling of emergence
     -  support for interaction with emergent shapes and processes
     -  shapes algebras and formalisms for emergence
     -  spatial parsing and structuring
     -  flexible object oriented methodology

We expect to refine and revise the set of topics with participants before
the workshop via email and the Web. Based on the interests of the
participants, we will devise a specific set of topic groups to structure
the workshop discussions.

Position statements, no longer than 2 pages, are invited from interested
participants. Submitters should state their point of view, relevant work,
and what they think are the significant issues for discussion. Submitters
should attempt to relate to the above topics or to propose new relevant
topics. Selection will be based upon the relevance to the worshop theme and
goals. In particular, statements that contribute to understanding the
implications for system design or are integrative will be valued. Position
statements should be sent electronically to both Ernest Edmonds
([log in to unmask]) and Thomas Moran ([log in to unmask]) by the
7th February 1997. Notification of acceptance will be provided by 28th
February. The anticipated number of participants will be no more than 20.

The normal outcomes of a CHI poster and a report in the SIGCHI Bulletin
will be generated. The organizers also intend to develop a special issue of
the journal Human-Computer Interaction from the more mature research
presented of the workshop.

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