Call: “User Experience Design of Exploratory Systems” special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction

Call for Papers:

“User Experience Design of Exploratory Systems”
A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088)

Deadline for manuscript submissions: Although the deadline for submission of manuscripts to the Special Issue is 28 May 2018, papers will be reviewed and published as they are received. The entire set of invited papers and any others in this domain will appear online.


User experience (UX) design is essential when creating products and concepts that are both pleasurable and useful. User experience designs can target to a special emotion, value, or experience and by doing so, increase the success of novel systems. This Special Issue addresses the encountered challenges as well as concepts and methods that can be used when conducting research on UX design for exploratory systems. Exploratory systems can include, e.g., futuristic, visionary interactive systems; going beyond the conventional input–output methods and form factors; and systems that reach out from the traditional use cases for interactive technology.  Research papers on experiential aspects of exploratory system design may address, but are not limited to:

  • User experience design of novel systems in everyday life, including leisure time and work
  • Concepts and prototypes promoting specific experiential qualities, especially eudaimonic, hedonic and pleasurable, such as game-like or artistic experiences
  • Interactions that employ novel technologies and modalities
  • Novel form factors—beyond the mobile device
  • User research on experience-driven use contexts
  • Design processes and methods specifically targeted at supporting enticing experiences


Prof. Dr. Kaisa Väänänen
Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Interests: user experience design; user experience evaluation; mobile human–computer interaction; ubiquitous systems; qualitative user studies; UX development processes

Prof. Dr. Jonna Häkkilä
University of Lapland, Finland
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Interests: user experience design; user experience evaluation; human–computer interaction; ubiquitous interaction; tangible user interfaces; design research methods; in-the-wild studies

Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning
University of Bremen, Germany
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Interests: user experience design; user experience evaluation; (mobile) human–computer interaction; ubiquitous systems; geographic human–computer interaction; spatial interaction


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Experience-driven design
  • Emotional design
  • Eudaimonic human-computer interaction
  • Positive computing
  • Multimodal interactions
  • Novel user interfaces
  • Exploratory systems
  • Systems for wellbeing and behaviour change
  • Visionary interactive systems
  • UX design and evaluation methods
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