Human Work Interaction Design 2012 (Dec 2012, Copenhagen)

Dates: 5–6 December 2012
Location: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Solbjerg Plads 3, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2012.

Theme, Scope and Focus: The HUMAN WORK INTERACTION DESIGN 2012 (HWID 2012) working conference analyzes the combination of empirical Work Analysis and Human computer interaction (HCI).

Human work analysis involves user goals, user requirements, tasks and procedures, human factors, cognitive and physical processes, contexts (organizational, social, cultural). In particular in the HCI and human factors tradition, work is analyzed as end-user tasks
performed within a work domain. The focus is on the user’s experience of tasks (procedures) and the artefact environment (constraints in the work domain). Hierarchical Task Analysis (Annett & Duncan, 1967) and Work Domain Analysis (Salmon, Jenkins, Stanton, & Walker, 2010) are among the methods that can be used to analyse the goal-directed tasks, and map the work environmental constraints and opportunities for behavior. In addition, there is a strong tradition in HCI for studying work with ethnographic methods (Button & Sharrock, 2009) and from socio-technical perspectives (e.g., Nocera, Dunckley, & Sharp, 2007). These approaches focus on work as end-user actions performed together with other people in a field setting, that is, the user’s experience of using systems are social and organizational experiences. User experience, usability and interaction design are influenced by these approaches and techniques for analyzing and interpreting the human work, which eventually manifests in the design of technological products, systems and applications.

The working conference will present current research of human work interaction design and industrial experiences in a wide spectrum of domains such as medical, safety critical systems, e-government, enterprise IT solutions, learning systems, information systems for rural populations, etc. The relevant domains not mentioned here could also be considered.

The purpose of the working conference is to enable practitioners and researchers to analyze the relation between empirical work analysis and HCI/user experience. After the conference, a limited number of selected papers will be published in an IFIP Springer book. We expect the participants will be people from industry and academia with an interest on empirical work analysis, HCI, interaction design and usability and user experience in work situations and at the workplace. The working conference will be conducted in a good social atmosphere that invites to openness and provides time to reflection and discussion about each of the accepted papers and cases.

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Nordes 2013: Experiments in Design Research: Expressions, Knowledge, Critique (June 2013, Copenhagen/Malmö)

Location: Copenhagen/Malmö
Dates: 9-12 June 2013
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 10 January 2013

Design is closely affiliated with the experimental, which is as an exploratory and probing undertaking. What does this mean in the context of design research? Today, design research relies on various and divergent notions of design experimentation and ideas about their value and use. In one corner, experimentation is conceived of as designerly exploration into, for instance, materials, technologies, and expressions. In another corner, design experimentation is shaped according to hypothetical-deductive models of knowledge production inherited from science and engineering. Yet, in a third corner, design experiments are explored as a means for promoting social change or as a critique of political and ethical values. For instance, this can take the form of critique through fiction and utopias. This raises a set of central questions for design research: How is design experimentation similar and different from experimentation in other research fields and areas? What is the relation of exploration vis-à-vis experimentation in design research? How is it possible, if at all necessary, to provide a consistent account of research methods underlying experimental design research? How can design experiments be staged other than as highly idealized probing situations? What is the role of design experiments as aspects of a critical aesthetic practice?

Nordes 2013 invites designers and design researchers to explore the many aspects of design research as experimental practice.

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CUMULUS 2013: 2nd Intl Conf for Design Education Researchers (May 2013, Oslo)

Dates: 14-17 May 2013
Location: Oslo, Norway
Deadline for Intention to submit a Paper: 24 July 2012

Organised by Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Technology, Art Design; DRS (Design Research Society); CUMULUS (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media).

This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of contemporary approaches to design education research. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research in any aspect and discipline of design education.


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Cities to be Tamed? Standards and alternatives in the transformation of the urban South (Nov 2012, Milan)

The international conference – CITIES TO BE TAMED? Standards and alternatives in the transformation of the urban South – will be held at  Politecnico di Milano, 15-17 November 2012


Please see the attachment for the complete call for papers, and details of announced speakers.
Deadline for submission of paper proposals is June 15, 2012.

CS2012_CTBT_Call for papers (PDF)

8th Swiss Design Network Conf: “Disruptive Interaction” (Nov 2012, Lugano Switzerland)

Date: Friday 9 November 2012
Location: Lugano, Switzerland
Deadline for submission: 24 June 2012

We are pleased to announce this year’s Swiss Design Network Conference 2012 in Lugano. This one day conference focuses on the dialectical relationship between design and disruptive ideas, practices and innovations. “Disruptive Interaction” aims to investigate and discuss the capability, responsibility and agency of design in areas of disruptive change.

We invite designers, researchers and scholars to present their work in Lugano, Switzerland.

Mon 24 June 2012 Submission deadline for abstracts
Thu 16 August 2012 Notification of acceptance for abstracts
Mon 1 October 2012 Submission deadline for final papers
Fri 19 October 2012 Papers revised
Fri 9 November 2012 Conference opens

The general chairs
Massimo Botta, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana SUPSI
Martin Wiedmer, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW

For more information about the conference topic, submission and review process please visit our website:

3rd Climate Change Technology Conference (May 2013, Montreal Canada)

Dates: 27-29 May 2013
Location: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Deadline for submissions of proposals: 15 September 2012

The 3rd Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2013) is a Canadian and international forum for the exchange of ideas for dealing with climate change. It is also an opportunity to keep abreast of emerging techniques and technologies for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of climate change. The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and ten of its member societies are organizing CCTC 2013, which will be held on the campus of Concordia University in Montreal.

The very success of our species has led to a situation in which this planet’s finite resources must be considered in all future planning. This conference is dedicated to the study and exposition of the status and prospects of engineering in support of a bright future for humanity in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain environment, both physical and sociological due to climate change.

Please see the website for all details.

AIEDAM Special Issue on Computational Creativity (Sep 2012)

Deadline for submission: 15 September 2012
To appear Fall 2013, Vol.27, No.4

Guest Editors: Dan Ventura & Mary Lou Maher

Computational Creativity is a newly emerging subfield of AI (among others) that is defined as the study and simulation, by computational means, of behavior, natural and artificial, which would, if observed in humans, be deemed creative. As systems and methodologies become more mature, it becomes increasingly important that we have some rigorous and common practice for evaluating their performance and claims made based on their results or behaviors.

The study of computational creativity provides many opportunities for interdisciplary research between Engineering, Cognitive Science and Computer Science. This special issue aims to capture a snapshot of some of the best work in this intersection of areas. For this issue, we will broaden the scope to also include papers that discuss creativity in domains other than engineering and design, including mathematics, scientific discovery, linguistics and the arts. We are interested in papers whose focus is the combination of creativity and computation in a significant way, and in particular, we are interested in papers that in some significant way address the issue of evaluation.

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HAID 2012 short papers, posters, demos, exhibits, and design cases (Aug 2012, Sweden)

Dates: 23-24 August 2012
Location: Lund, Sweden
Deadline for submission of short papers/posters, demos and design cases: 10 June 2012

HAID 2012 – The Seventh International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design (HAID) – August 23-24 2012 in Lund, Sweden. First call for short papers/posters, demos and exhibits/design cases.

The combination of haptic and audio for interaction design is a challenging research area, and we invite researchers and practitioners interested in these non-visual modalities to come to HAID to exchange designs and research findings. This year’s HAID has a particular  (but not exclusive) focus on the mobile setting –  while on the move the haptic and audio combination has great (but sadly under-exploited) potential.  More non-visual interaction designs will make applications and devices easier to user for everyone.

We invite contributions on the appropriate use of haptics and audio in interaction design:  how do we design effectively for mobile interaction? How can we design effective haptic, audio and multimodal interfaces? In what new application areas can we apply these techniques? Are there design methods that are useful? Or evaluation techniques that are particularly appropriate?  We also welcome artistic exhibits and commercial design cases for our exhibition.

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Design Gymnastics Workshop (July 2012, Berlin)

Application deadline: Friday, 25 May 2012
Dates: 16-20 July 2012
Location: Berlin, Germany

to explore the sensorial approach to design; the new science of living

The sensorial qualities in design are the foundations of future living concepts. Masayo Ave, a Japanese architect/designer and the founder of Haptic Interface Design Institute, is a considerable pioneer who explores the studies on sensorial qualities in the field of industrial design for more than two decades.

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