Cross-Surface: Challenges and Opportunities of Spatial and Proxemic Interaction

In this workshop, we will review and discuss open issues, technical challenges and conceptual models for multi-device spatial or proxemic interaction. We aim to bring together researchers, students and practitioners working on technical infrastructures, studies and designs of spatial interfaces, or domain specific multi-device applications that use space as a unit of analysis. We focus specifically on analysing how such interfaces, tools and tracking technology can be deployed “in the wild”. The workshop will facilitate knowledge exchange about the current state of spatial and proxemic interactive systems, identify application domains and enabling technologies for cross-surface interactions in the wild, and establish a research community to develop effective strategies for successful design of cross-device interactions. The objective of this workshop is to map the potentials and challenges derived from the participants’ experiences in designing, building and studying systems in and for the wild from a researchers’ and practitioners’ perspective. The potentials and challenges will be organized around three main topics:

  1. Conceptual Models For Spatial Interactions – How can we conceptualize, describe and model multi-device interaction within a space? Which social, spatial or psychological theories and frameworks can be employ to help characterize spatial interactions? How do we translate such theories to interaction design, system research and multi-device representations?
  2. Spatial Tracking “in the wild”- Which tracking technologies and tools can be used to support “in the wild” spatial interfaces and designs? How can these technologies be deployed, democratized and shared with a broader audience?
  3. Control and Intelligibility – How do people make sense of spatially aware cross-surface ecologies? How can we support discoverability and learnability of interactions, inform users of action possibilities and provide feedback about cross-surface connections?

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Cross-device interaction
  • Interaction challenges with multi- and cross-surface interactions
  • Discoverability of possible cross-device interactions
  • Multi-device ubicomp ecologies
  • Interactions across multiple surfaces
  • Cross-device interactions using both mobiles and wearables (e.g., smartwatches)
  • Multi-device interactions
  • Spatial reconfigurations of displays
  • Spatially distributed interfaces
  • Multi-screen workplaces
  • Distributed user interfaces

We solicit position papers of up to 7 pages in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format that describe original research and outline a person’s interest and experience in the workshop topic. Supplementary material can be submitted. Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee based on originality and relevance and selected papers will be made available on the workshop website beforehand. Participants will be invited to submit an extended full article of their submission for a special issue on “Interaction with Device Ecologies in the Wild” in the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal that will appear winter 2016.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline : October 4th, 23:59 PDT
Notification : October 5th, 5pm PDT
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Workshop: November 6th, 2016


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