Call: Physicality 2012

Call for Participation: Physicality 2012

4th International Workshop on Physicality
co-located with British HCI 2012 conference

11 September 2012, University of Birmingham, UK

Physicality 2012 is the 4th International Workshop aimed at exploring design challenges, theories and experiences in developing new forms of interactions that exploit human physical interaction with digital technology. Physicality-based interactions extend feedback beyond the visual, thus emulating the experiences gained through our interaction with the world via our non-visual senses and control capabilities such as gesture, speech, touch and haptic. Also, the body parts used for interaction stretch out from the finger to the palm, arm and even the whole body.

This multi-disciplinary workshop will bring together researchers from industry and academia. We welcome participation from designers and technologists, artists and architects, researchers in tangible interaction and organic user interfaces, psychologists, philosophers and social scientists, and indeed, all excited by learning from the latest works and experiences in this field.


  • Enabling technologies for physicality-based interactions
  • Philosophy of physicality and its role for human perception and cognition
  • Design at the physical-digital frontier
  • Artefact focussed social interaction
  • Flexible, non-flat or actuated display interfaces
  • Embodied interaction
  • Physicality inspired interaction in virtual worlds
  • Digital emulation of the physical
  • Interactive art, creativity and performance
  • Movement and choreography of interaction


The workshop will include short individual presentations, discussions and a hands-on session. The main part of the workshop will be held on the 11th September but we plan to open the workshop in the evening of the 10th September with a dinner together, to allow introductions and any demonstrations.


Alan Dix (Talis and University of Birmingham)
Steve Gill (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Devina Ramduny-Ellis (University of Huddersfield)
Masitah Ghazali (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)


Gabriella Giannachi  University of Exeter
Juergen Steimle, MIT Media Lab
Johann Habakuk Israel,  Fraunhofer IPK Berlin
John Bonner, University of Huddersfield
Emmanuel Dubois, University of Toulouse
Monika Buscher, Lancaster University
Cammile Moussette-Guchmu, Umeå Institute of Design
John Rooksby, University of St Andrews
Cathy Treadaway, Cardiff School of Art and Design
Tanja Döring, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Jörn Hurtienne, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg


Physicality 2012
British HCI 2012 Conference


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