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Workshops August 17 Workshops August 18

Live Coding Alternatives

Location: Nygaard 5335-297

W2 Cancelled! W10

Researching for Change in a Globalising Asymmetric World

Location: Nygaard 5335-091


Shifting Borderlands of Technoscience: Tracing Trajectories of Critical Praxis

Location:  Nygaard 5335-091


“I’ve had it!” Group therapy for interdisciplinary researchers

Location: Nygaard 5335-184


Unfolding Participation. What do we mean by participation – conceptually and in practice

Location: Nygaard 5335-192


The Future of Making: Where Industrial and Personal Fabrication Meet

Location: Nygaard 5335-192


Charting the Next Decade for Value Sensitive Design

Location: Nygaard 5335-184


Inviting Participation through IoT: Experiments and Performances in Public Spaces

Location: Nygaard 5335-295


Critical and participatory development of people centered smart learning ecosystems and territories

Location: Nygaard 5335-297

 W15 Cancelled!

Making “World Machines”: Discourse, Design and Global Technologies for Greater-than-self Issues

Location: Nygaard 5335-295


Multi-Lifespan Information System Design

Location: Nygaard 5335-298


Residents’ Democratic engagement in public housing and urban areas

Location: Nygaard 5335-395


Criticism – for computational alternatives

Location: Nygaard 5335-395


Embodying Embodied Design Research Techniques

Location: Nygaard 5335-327

The workshops will take place on the 17th and 18th of August. Please check the individual websites of each workshop (list below) for position paper submission deadlines. Workshop participants should register for the whole conference and for the workshop their paper have been accepted to.

In special cases, it is possible to register only for the workshops through our Workshop-only Participation Policy:
We grant the possibility to participate in only a workshop for participants who do not have an academic connection to the main theme of the conference, for instance activists, people from outlandish disciplines, practitioners, etc. We do not grant workshop-only participation to participants affiliated with institutions doing research in the broad area of ICT. Workshop-only participation will be granted by the conference chairs in cooperation with the workshop chairs on a case-by-case basis. Workshop-only fees will be slightly higher than the ordinary fee: Normal 600DKK, Student 400DKK

Workshops August 17

Note: W2 has been cancelled!

W3: Shifting Borderlands of Technoscience: Tracing Trajectories of Critical Praxis

Organizers: Silvia Lindtner, Marisa Leavitt Cohn, Lucian Leahu, Hrönn B Holmer, Carl DiSalvo

Since the publication of Phil Agre’s seminal work on critical technical practice, the sites of intersection between computation and society have multiplied, and so too have the sociotechnical borderlands we inhabit. Critical methodologies such as “critical design”, “reflective design”, “critical making”, “located accountability”, “feminist HCI”, and “postcolonial computing” have proliferated and are being taken up in increasingly diverse political, cultural and social contexts. As the sites of critical praxis have multiplied, new regimes like big data and social computing pose new challenges. Given the fluidity of the landscape it is important for us to articulate the specificities of our scholarly borderlands. By bringing together junior and senior scholars we aim to provide a forum for researchers in this area to learn from each other how to navigate changing terrains of technology research and design. To maximize in-depth collaboration between junior and senior scholars, we propose a format that includes in-depth mentoring sessions, panel presentations from junior and senior participants, group activities, and working sessions for steps forward. The goal of the proposed workshop is to foster cohesion and build mentoring relationships within the community by creating a space for open and honest dialogue about the challenges of conducting critical research and design practice. Outcomes from this workshop will be a shared knowledge base about praxis, tracing the trajectories, continuities, traversals and inheritances of critical sociotechnical research over the past decade, as well as strengthening of the critical technical practice community by way of establishing lasting mentorship relations.

Website: https://tracingcriticalpractice2015.wordpress.com/

W4: Unfolding Participation. What do we mean by participation – conceptually and in practice

Organizers: Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Kim Halskov, Liesbeth Huybrechts, John Vines, Eva Eriksson & Helena Karasti

The aim of the workshop is to outline an agenda for the next 10 years of participatory design (PD) and participatory human computer interaction (HCI) research. We will do that through a double strategy: 1) by critically interrogating the concept of participation (unfolding the concept itself), while at the same time, 2) reflecting on the way that participation unfolds across different participatory configurations.

PD research has a strong history in participation for democratic goals and has brought forward the need to consider these goals while at the same time opening up participation in the design of IT. So far, participation in PD research has often taken place through exploratory design projects and single design events (e.g. an ethnographic field study or a workshop), where issues such as ‘involving users’, including the users point of view, and participation as a matter of mutual learning have been in the foreground. Today, we witness many different other types of participations that also combine IT and politics, but not in the traditional PD manner. For example, participation related to decision-making, dialogue and debate around matters of concern are increasingly occurring online, mediated by IT during use time. If this current trend continues, what will be the role of the staged participatory design event, which is based on in-person engagement with others? What kind of new participatory configurations can emerge? In what ways can they support the original values of PD around democracy, quality of working life and politics?

We invite researchers and practitioners from PD and HCI and fields in which IT-mediated participation is embedded (e.g. in political studies, urban planning, participatory arts, business, science and technology studies) to reflect together on: i) how participation has unfolded in projects or case studies in which they have been involved (during and in-between design events), ii) how has it connected to types of participations other than design events, and iii) how does their own participatory practice relate to IT-mediated participation and participatory IT specifically?

Website: http://pit.au.dk/unfoldingparticipation

W5: Charting the Next Decade for Value Sensitive Design 

Organizers: Batya Friedman, David G. Hendry, Jeroen van den Hoven, Alina Huldtgren, Catholijn Jonker & Aimee van Wynsberghe

In the 2010’s it is widely recognized by computer scientists, designers, engineers, information scientist, social scientists, and philosophers of technology that the design of information systems is not value neutral. Rather, societal values comprise a major factor in shaping such systems and, reciprocally, technology itself can reinforce, restructure, or uproot societal structures. Of the many theories and approaches to account for this phenomenon, one continues to gain traction for its systematic and overarching consideration of values in the design process: Value Sensitive Design (VSD). The literature and projects dedicated to and exploring both theoretical and methodological issues of VSD have grown exponentially in recent years. Yet open questions and new challenges abound, as do controversies. This workshop provides a multi-disciplinary forum to engage these challenges as well as to grow a cohesive community around value sensitive design.

In this workshop we build on previous work with value sensitive design by the organizers and others to achieve the following:

• Examine and critically reflect on experiences, case studies, adaptations, appropriations with VSD

• Identify open questions and grand challenges for the next decade of research and design work in VSD

• Build a network among novice and expert researchers and designers in VSD

• Discuss future directions, obstacles and opportunities for collaboration among the international community

We invite individuals interested in value sensitive design to attend. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds including but not limited to computer science, design, ethics, human-computer interaction, information studies, social science, and philosophy. Please submit a brief (2-4 page) position paper by May 15, 2015. We welcome a wide range of theoretical, empirical and technical papers on value sensitive design including:

• Case studies

• Critical perspectives

• Insights from practice

• Grand challenges and open questions

Website: http://chartingvsd2015.wordpress.com 

W6: Critical and participatory development of people centered smart learning ecosystems and territories

Organizers: Carlo Giovannella & Matthias Rehm

The workshop will offer as an interdisciplinary arena – a veritable think-tank for policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, students, etc. – where to produce a collective effort aimed at developing an agenda - time and modes - for a critical use of ICT to support participatory design and development of people-centered "smart" learning ecosystems, envisioned as open systems in osmosis with the community of reference and, finally, as a driver of social innovation and regional development. The assumptions underlying this vision are: a) a critical and participatory approach to the use of ICT is needed to identify the driving factors that in the past have produced time and space singularities (e.g. Renaissance, Belle Époque, Big Deal, etc.) able to attract people and make them experience a collective state of "flow”; b) the “smartness” of a learning ecosystems is strongly correlated with that of its region of reference; c) smartness is an emergent property of any entity that interacts with ICT infrastructures but is not fully determined by the latters. During the workshop, unavoidably, the participants are also expect to critically reflect on the interplay between globality and locality and, as well, on that between virtuality and physicality.

The participants will be selected on the basis of a submitted position paper (maximum 6 pages in LNCS style) to ensure scientific quality together with the offering of enlightening heterogeneous perspectives and experiences that may contribute to foster the discussion and to develop the expected agenda.

Workshop webpage: http://www.mifav.uniroma2.it/inevent/events/critalter2015/

W7: Making “World Machines”: Discourse, Design and Global Technologies for Greater-than-self Issues

Organizers: Ann Light, Jeff Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, Geoff Cox, Jonas Fritsch, Lone Koefoed Hansen

This one-day workshop builds the concept of world machines - a new archetype for socio-technical systems that combine computational powers with a social agenda of cross-world collaboration in resistance to dominant market rhetoric. Specifically, we look at how powers to connect, sense and infer can be combined and turned to crowd-sourcing public engagement with shared world issues, as an alternative to business-as-usual.

World machines give people access to the means to sample, test and report on their circumstances and what they find (or can sense with tools), as well as to locate each other, analyze the meaning of the data and link up for action upon what is found. They offer potential to scale and map local and global, with shared tools and outcomes and freedom from imposed incentives. They may also specifically embed rhetoric of shared or greater-then-self issues. Many such tools exist, e.g: www.seti.orgwww.wikipedia.comwww.personalgenomes.orgwww.worldwatermuseum.com.

The workshop will use the idea of worldmachines to examine what ‘what is wrong with current social reality, identify the actors to change it, and provide both clear norms for criticism and achievable practical goals for social transformation’ (Horkheimer’s Critical Theory) in the context of networked technology development.

We combine theoretical aspects of world machines, such as what a political entity of this kind might seek to do, and practical exercises that focus on design and deployment, to be followed by a review of learning from the day’s work, with a view to exploring viability and examining what a related research agenda might involve.

Prospective participants should submit a position paper of up to 3 pages (formatted as a SigCHI paper: http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform/sigchi-paper-format-2016/view), which focuses on theoretical or practical aspects (or both) and demonstrates a willingness to engage with both political discussion and hands-on making.

More information is available at: http://designforsharing.com/events-and-links/workshop-on-making-world-machines/.

W8: Residents’ Democratic engagement in public housing and urban areas

Organizers: Olav W. Bertelsen, Henrik Korsgaard, Konrad Tolmar, Yngve Sundblad, Carolin Schröder, Christoph Henseler, & Ingrid Kuhn

The workshop aims to bring together perspectives on residents’ engagement and influence in the development of their housing estates and housing areas, and to explore experiences and potentials for the use of ICT in this context.

Public housing around the world is organized differently, and in particular the models for residents influence have radically different forms. In Denmark residents are at the same time landlords and tenants, but are subject to strong legal and municipal regulation. In Sweden residents are organized in a strong union of tenants and have acquired wide rights to be consulted in important cases. In many other countries, residents in public housing projects have no influence at all, unless they organize specific campaign. Residents’ engagement depends on a lot of different circumstances, cultures, and conditions. If residents live in an estate because they did not have any other options their engagement may be weak. We do not expect that engagement is fundamentally different through social media than in actual everyday encounters, but we find it interesting to explore how ICT can break barriers, constitute new forms of engagement etc.

The workshop will explore the challenges in the continued development of local democratic action, action, and the potentials and limitations of ICT based solutions in that context. The workshop will have a specific focus on housing to enable specific and detailed discussion, but will most likely have a broader impact.

Participants in the workshop will submit position papers that will be circulate in advance. In the morning we explore a number of basic (legal etc) structures for residents’ involvement, together with current issues that residents’ engagement faces around the world. In the afternoon we explore how ICT can reduce exclusion, enhance engagement and influence, and support creative action in the continuous co-creation of surroundings for good life.

Website: http://users-cs.au.dk/olavb/HouseDemoWS/

W14: Embodying Embodied Design Research Techniques

Organizers: Danielle Wilde, Oscar Tomico, Andrés Lucero, Kristina Höök, Jacob Buur

The value of engaging the full gamut of sensory motor skills in interactive systems is increasingly recognized. Yet methods for arriving at robust and reliable outcomes for their development are neither fully understood, nor easily reported or transferred. New forms of knowledge transfer such as pictorials (e.g., DIS and RTD conferences) and video are enabling enhanced, image-enriched reporting of outcomes. Yet appropriate means to transfer embodied research methods remains elusive.

In this workshop we investigate how embodied research techniques may be used as direct and unmediated vehicles for their own reporting. Participants will lead each other through proven methods and approaches. Small groups will create mash-ups of techniques and explore new approaches to reporting. Throughout, participants will be encouraged to experiment with recording techniques such as body-mounted sensing and recording devices, as well as less conventional approaches. The intention is to find appropriate ways of reporting embodied experiments, so that intangible elements are not lost. Participants will be supported to reflect on unfolding discoveries, to share impressions, as well as outcomes, and to document experiments in ways that aim to tangibly capture and communicate the processes undertaken.

By applying embodied ideation, communication and collaboration techniques to the problem of their reporting, we hope to deepen understanding of how to move towards enriched, nuanced and repeatable methods for knowledge generation and transfer. Crucially, the intention is not simply to find the next form of research reporting. Rather, the workshop will engage participants in an experimental enquiry into embodied research reporting, so that this question may become an active area of inquiry moving forward. 

Interested parties should submit a position statement in the form of an extended abstract, and a pictorial or short video in a style that best communicates your relation to embodied design research techniques. We encourage diverse perspectives and approaches.

Website: https://embodieddesignresearch.wordpress.com

Workshops August 18

W9: Live Coding Alternatives

Organizers: Alan Blackwell, Emma Cocker & Geoff Cox

Live Coding Alternatives is an interdisciplinary workshop (‘live laboratory’) for testing and exploring live coding as a creative, aesthetic and potentially political practice for constructing ‘critical alternatives’ within both computing and everyday life. The workshop explores this emergent field and aims to open up deeper critical questions about contemporary cultural production and computational culture. It is structured around live research practices of writing, presentation and performance, collaboratively interrogated through discussion, and the development of critical frameworks that reflect the live coding dynamic.

Live Coding Alternatives emphasizes the relation of live coding to the cultivation of ‘alternative’, potentially subversive, ways of operating within contemporary culture. In addition the workshop explores the alternative possibilities offered by live coding practice as able in itself to generate epistemic claims through software development, improvised live performance and ‘artistic research’. The intention is not only to propose how live coding transforms code and coding practice but to investigate the transformational potential inherent within the process of live coding itself. We ask what possibilities for change and action does the practice of live coding suggest? What alternative ways of ‘being operative’ are evoked?

We welcome analytical, theoretical and reflective papers from diverse disciplines but especially want to encourage expanded notions of live coding in the form of performances and alternative presentation modes.

Website: http://www.livecodenetwork.org/live-coding-alternatives/

W10: Researching for Change in a Globalising Asymmetric World

Organizers: Edwin Blake, Ineke Büskens, Andy Dearden

The field of research on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the service of social development (ICTD) is ripe for reframing. The asymmetries of the world are currently mirrored in the aims, practice and outcomes of too much ICTD research. The consequence is that people who might benefit from creative use of current and emerging technologies all over the world are excluded from the social processes and benefits of innovation and knowledge production. The ICTD research community’s widespread dissatisfaction with this situation haunts ICTD gatherings.

In this workshop we want to explore critical alternatives to the current practice. We intend drafting and articulating critical alternatives for future research that is emancipatory, inclusive and oriented towards globally sustainable futures.

To achieve this we first want to acknowledge and expose the vastly different knowledge interests and agendas of the various stakeholders. By examining a series of questions we shall then strive for a responsive reformulation of our approaches in a way that will not easily settle into a new orthodoxy. This will mean that we need to examine not only research and action agendas, transformation, inclusiveness, and power relations, but also our own personal growth and care for ourselves as actors in transformation.

It is fortuitous that the 5th decennial Aarhus conference comes on the target date for the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. What next? We want to ensure that after 2015, the research approaches that are adopted and promoted in ICTD are actually structured in the service of development. An ICT that is for Development cannot be realised by blindly replicating global asymmetries where aims and approaches are defined by the powerful and imposed on those at the margins

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/reframingictd/

W11: “I’ve had it!” Group therapy for interdisciplinary researchers

Organizers: Marko Jurmu, Johanna Ylipulli, Anna Luusua

In this workshop, we reflect on and share the fun and frustrations of working in interdisciplinary research. We ask participants to openly reflect on their experiences of interdisciplinarity. What approaches have worked and what have failed? In addition to identifying phenomena, we aim to sketch out the next decade of interdisciplinary research in computing, especially in HCI.

The third paradigm of Human-Computer Interaction focuses on the qualitative aspects of use experience and the situatedness of technologies. This new orientation has drawn in researchers from various other research and arts backgrounds and traditions, including the social sciences, architecture and industrial design among others. Therefore, we consider this third paradigm to be inherently interdisciplinary. Through workshop participants’ reflection of their own experiences, we strive to identify the common problems and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research, and to celebrate successes as well as share best practices. We encourage participants from various backgrounds to apply in order to create a space for genuine interdisciplinary dialogue.

We invite interested authors to submit a 3-4-page position paper in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract format (http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform/sigchi-extendedabstracts-format-2016/view) together with a 50-word biography to interdisciplinary.ws2015@virtues.fi. The organizing committee will select up to 25 submissions based on relevance, quality, and diversity of inputs. Papers will be published online on the workshop site. Furthermore, we will strive towards negotiating a publishing agreement for a book or a special issue with a leading scientific publisher.

Website: http://interdisciplinary.ws2015.virtues.fi/?

W12: The Future of Making: Where Industrial and Personal Fabrication Meet

Organizers: Verena Fuchsberger, Martin Murer, Manfred Tscheligi, Silvia Lindtner, Andreas Reiter, Shaowen Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell, Pernille Bjørn

This one-day workshop seeks to reflect on the notion of fabrication in both personal and industrial contexts. Although these contexts are very distinct in their economical and political vision, they share important characteristics (e.g., users interacting with specific fabrication equipment and tools). The workshop topic spans from personal fabrication to (automated) production, from applied to theoretical considerations, from user requirements to design as a crafting practice. We will address changes in production that affect humans, e.g., from mass production to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) production, in order to discuss findings and lessons learned for individual and collective production workplaces of the future. We aim to explore the intersections between different dimensions and processes of production ranging all the way from hobbyist to professional making. Furthermore, the workshop will critically reflect on current developments and their consequences on personal, societal, and economical levels including questions of the reorganization of work and labor, innovation cultures, and politics of participation.

We invite scholars and practitioners, who have experience with and interest in the workshop topic, to submit a position paper (up to 4 pages in the ACM Extended Abstract format), or a video contribution (max. 5 minutes). Furthermore, we would like you to consider what artifacts characterize your work in the field of industrial and/or personal fabrication, which you can bring along to the workshop. For instance, you could bring an object resulting from a maker, hacker, or DIY project, factory-made goods, etc.

Website: http://projects.hci.sbg.ac.at/fabrication2015

W13: Inviting Participation through IoT: Experiments and Performances in Public Spaces

Organizers: Sarah Fox, Kathi R. Kitner, Margaret Morris, Daniela K. Rosner

This workshop brings together artists, designers, practitioners, and academics interested in site-specific projects involving Internet of Things (IoT) technologies intended to explore performance in public life. The Internet of Things is widely understood as a system of networked objects (e.g. toasters or thermostats) that sense and communicate aspects of their environment. To explore the participatory potentials of IoT, this workshop considers the limitations of what currently exists. For example, simple motion-activated streetlamps in public staircases, underground walkways or other passages could enable nighttime and early morning movement — augmenting visibility and ultimately safety. But who and what else will be affected by this increase in visibility? Certainly other people (or animals or things) might make use of the space for inhabitance at different lengths of time. What kind of design interventions might invite heterogeneous engagements? What kind of infrastructural elements (e.g., lighting) might augment meaningful participation? How might designing those elements differently shape people’s ability to move through and connect with their surroundings? Our intent is to expand the discussion of IoT from efficiency and automation to participation by reimagining the form, scale and purpose of IoT in public environments.

To participate please submit a one-page abstract to participationiot@gmail.com describing your current projects and their potential to investigate concerns for engagement in public life through IoT.

Website: http://depts.washington.edu/tatlab/participationiot

W16: Multi-Lifespan Information System Design

Organizers: Batya Friedman, Lisa P. Nathan and Daisy Yoo

Genocide. HIV/AIDS. Famine. Deforestation. Forced exodus.These problems share some commonalities. In one way or another, they entail widespread losses to human beings, to other sentient beings, or to the natural world; moreover, those losses are not likely to be made up within the time frame of a single human lifespan (if ever). It is also the case that information and the interactive processes around information may have much to contribute to the solutions of these problems. How then might we explicitly address this class of problems through information system design? What unique opportunities exist for interactive information systems? What rigorous design knowledge and methods are needed to make progress? In a field known for cutting edge innovation, where devices over five years old are regarded as legacy, how can weconsider processes and solutions that likely extend beyond a single human lifespan? These questions lay out critical considerations for multi-lifespan information system design.

In this workshop we draw on the organizers’ background and participants’ research and personal experiences in encountering significant societal issues that will unfold over very long periods of time. Our aims are twofold: (1) to elaborate and identify new opportunities and challenges for taking up multi-lifespan information system design problems, and (2) to generate critical and constructive discussions for further development of multi-lifespan information system design thinking.

We invite individuals interested in longer-term thinking and information systems to attend. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds including but not limited to researchers, practitioners, designers, and educators. Please submit a brief (1-3 page) position paper by May 15, 2015 describing one or two cases in which you encountered issues of “(very long) time” with regard to information, either as a designer or based on your personal experience. 

Website: http://multilifespan.wordpress.com

W17: Criticism – for computational alternatives

Organizers: Søren Bro Pold, Olav W. Bertelsen, Lone Koefoed Hansen, Christian Ulrik Andersen, Shaowen Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell, Mark Blythe

Criticism is an activity that has developed in a close relation to aesthetics, e.g. via Kant's notion of critical judgment, John Dewey's concept of perception and experience or Walter Benjamin's understanding of art's relation to technical reproduction.

Starting from different concepts of criticism, this workshop will ask how we can bridge between criticism of technology and design. If we are to envision and design critical alternatives, how can critical approaches to technology help? What do we need to take from criticism, which concepts of criticism and how can they be applied?

The benefits of this workshop aims to be a discussion of how critical theory can contribute to envisioning and making critical alternatives. Including a clarification of when and how to apply critical theory.

The workshop will start with short presentations of position papers. After this 2-3 design cases will be presented and we will conduct group discussions of how, when and why to apply criticism to these cases. The workshop will be concluded by producing a common document on why, how and when to include criticism within design.

We invite position papers in the broad area of HCI discussing and proposing critical positions. We welcome both analytical and theoretical papers including papers building on critical designs. We will also include 2-3 design cases in order to discuss the potential of criticism.

See full call at https://crits2015.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/cfp/