Call: ‘HCI: Human Computer Improvisation’ Workshop at DIS 2014

Call for Papers

Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2014 Workshop on HCI: Human Computer Improvisation

Workshop Date: 21st or 22nd June 2014 (one-day workshop, date TBC)
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Submission deadline: 2nd March 2014

During improvised activities, things are made in the moment, in response to the contingencies of the situation, in settings that are often uncontrolled and with the reactions or participation of the public or other perfrmers acting as a continual provocation. Therefore, improvisation coalesces many of the concerns that arise when the study of human-computer interaction (HCI) is taken ‘into the wild’. During this one-day workshop, we aim to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to critically examine the concept and practice of improvisation in a variety of manifestations and to imagine what Human Computer Improvisation might look like. The workshop will follow an innovative improvisation-focused approach, involving playful and collaborative improvisational encounters, and a live improvisational performance event at a local theatre venue.

We invite the submission of 2 page position papers in CHI Extended Abstract format tackling subjects relevant to the discussion of improvisation in HCI and design including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Forms of improvisation that exist across various disciplines
  • The study of improvisation as an empirical topic
  • The relationship between improvisation and the design of interactive technology
  • The existence and evolution of communities of improvisors

If desired, a third page can be attached to accommodate references and illustrations. In addition to research-focused submissions, we also encourage authors to submit papers about their own personal art, performance and design practice.

Submissions should be sent to A committee of experts in the aforementioned topics will review position papers. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop and at least one day of the DIS conference.

For more information, visit the workshop website at

John Bowers, Robyn Taylor, Jon Hook, Dustin Freeman & Christopher Newell
HCI: Human-Computer Improvisation Organizers


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