CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

We invite proposals for workshops that engage with central themes in designing interactive systems for people. Workshops are unique opportunities to collect together a diverse group of practitioners and researchers to spend focused time on important topics. A workshop format is ideal for getting things accomplished, generating outcomes (rather than reporting on them) and actively working together on open, unresolved or controversial issues in the field. Workshops should be designed to generate interaction between participants, foster community-building and attract broad interdisciplinary interest within the field. We encourage proposals that allow for participants to engage in “doing”: in design, in prototyping or hacking, in new methods, in analysis, in theorizing or in the application of emerging theories.

DIS 2018 Workshops

DIS 2018 workshops will be held on the first two days of the conference (9-10 June, 2018); proposals for workshops may be for half-day, whole day, or two days. Plan for 6 working hours per day, with morning, afternoon and lunch breaks. Reserving unhurried time for socialising is important. Workshops should aim to attract between 10-25 participants.

Proposals should be ambitious: we encourage innovative, boundary crossing and experimental proposals that relate to the topics DIS has traditionally dealt with:

  • Design Methods and Processes: Methods, tools, and techniques for engaging people; researching, designing, and co-designing interactive systems; participatory design, design artefacts, research through design; the use of critical theory to understand, critique and reflect on design products and contexts as well as design practices.

  • Experience: Places, temporality, people, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, user experience, usability, engagement, empowerment, wellbeing, designing things that matter, diversity, participation, materiality, making, etc.

  • Application Domains: Health, ICT4D, children-computer interaction, sustainability, games/entertainment computing, digital arts, etc.

  • Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artifact designs): Sensors and actuators, mobile devices, multi touch and touchless interaction, social media, personal, community, public displays, smart objects and/or intelligent systems, etc.

Important Dates

  • 8 January 2018: Workshop proposals due. The submission system closes at 23:59 PST.
  • 5 March 2018: Workshop proposals author notifications
  • 28 March 2018: All camera ready papers due
  • 9-10 June 2018: Workshops and Doctoral Consortium

Submission Details

Workshop proposals should be up to 4 pages in length including references in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format, submitted via Precision Conference System. Proposals should contain:

  • Title and proposed duration
  • Organisers’ names and institutional addresses (proposals are not anonymized for review)
  • Workshop theme and goals, background and motivation

In addition to the proposal, a workshop description should also be submitted (as a separate file), containing:

  • ‍Intended audience and recruitment strategy
  • Schedule and description of activities planned
  • Intended outcomes of the workshop, their benefits and significance
  • Required facilities
  • Specifications of your work, including size, weight, light and sound emission
  • A plan for how the results of the workshop will be disseminated beyond DIS 2018
  • Short biographies of the organisers (including photos)
  • A draft 250-word call for participation for your workshop which will be posted on the DIS 2018 conference website. This should contain information on how potential participants should submit to you.

All proposals will be reviewed by the workshop chairs. Successful proposals should describe how the workshop format will be leveraged to generate clear outcomes and to make constructive and valuable use of the participants’ collective expertise. Social, active and engaging workshop concepts with clear collaborative outcomes will be preferred, as will workshops that have strong potential to generate cross-disciplinary interest.

For first time workshop organisers, proposals from previous DIS conferences are a helpful indication of appropriate content and style:

http://www.dis2016.org/program/workshops/

http://dis2017.org/workshop-program/ 

Workshops Chairs

Marco Rozendaal
Delft University of Technology

Peter Benz
Hong Kong Baptist University

You can contact the chairs by sending an email to workshop [AT] dis2018.org.