Call: Leveraging and Integrating Eastern/Western Insights into Human Engagement Studies in HCI (at CHI 2015)

Call for participation – CHI 2015 Workshop: Leveraging and Integrating Eastern and Western Insights into Human Engagement Studies in HCI

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2015 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, held in Seoul, Korea, 18-23 April 2015.

Important Dates:

  • Submission by: 5th January 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 13th February 2015
  • Workshop day: 18th or 19th April 2015

Workshop website:

Human engagement is at the heart of every interactive technology. A concrete framework for synergizing the capabilities of humans and technologies to allow fully engaging interactions to happen is yet to be developed. We posit that such a framework should be grounded in a deeper understanding of human nature (e.g., mindbody relations), which in the field of HCI has primarily been built upon the Western philosophies. There are scattered, underexplored Eastern ideas (e.g., YiJing, Zen) or “mindfulness” that may provide new lens and tools to analyze how humans engage with technological artifacts.

This workshop aims to provide: (i) a learning venue where participants can together explore existing Eastern knowledge insights, and how they can be used to better understand human engagement and to draw implications for designing technologies, and (ii) a discussion venue to identify potentially new research and industrial opportunities open by these new perspectives.

We invite contributors to submit papers addressing one or more of four threads:

  • theoretical (e.g. identifying promising Eastern frameworks)
  • practical (e.g., analyzing methodologies of existing work)
  • reflective (e.g. critique on the notion of human engagement) and
  • programmatic (e.g., developing a research agenda).

Submissions should be of 2-6 pages ACM SIGCHI format. All submissions will be reviewed by the organizers of its relevance to the proposed theme. The paper in PDF file format should be sent via email to Effie Law Contributors will be asked to bring along an A1-poster to facilitate discussions.

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