Call: CHI 2018 Workshop – Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda

Call for Papers

CHI 2018 Workshop – Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda

Submission deadline: 2/2/2018
Notification: 22/2/2018
Workshop date: 21/4/2018

Workshop website:

CHI 2018, April 21-26, Montréal, Canada


This one-day workshop brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and designers to examine new forms of touch communication enabled by digital touch technologies, address key social questions and challenges for HCI, reshape future research agendas, and build a cross disciplinary community that fosters subsequent collaboration. The workshop will focus on three themes: touch and sensory embodiment; affective communication; and ethical and methodological challenges in HCI design, to discuss and explore digital touch communication in various contexts (e.g. health, wellbeing, personal relationships, work and leisure). It will provide opportunities to share ongoing work, with a view towards setting an interdisciplinary research agenda for digital touch communication that effectively integrates technology progression with robust interrogation of societal implications of digital touch.


2-4 page position papers in CHI Extended Abstract format ( should be submitted to by 2/2/18. Papers must outline authors’ research or device development around digital touch (demos welcome), key research questions, and methodological or ethical challenges that arise in their work. Submissions should go beyond touch screens to include other forms of sensory interfaces.


Submissions will be selected on overall quality and relevance to workshop themes, innovativeness, ethical or methodological reflexivity, aiming for a range of disciplines, technologies or user contexts. (Notifications: 22 February 2018)


At least one author must register for the workshop and one day of the CHI 2018 conference. Position papers will be available to participants prior to the workshop.


Sara Price (UCL, UK)
Kerstin Leder Mackley (UCL, UK)
Carey Jewitt (UCL, UK)
Gijs Huisman (University of Twente, NL)
Bruna Petreca (TU Delft, NL)
Nadia Berthouze (UCL, UK)
Domenico Prattichizzo (University of Siena, IT)
Vincent Hayward (Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, FR)

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please send us an email at


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