2013 in review

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65th Intl Astronautical Congress: Session E5.3 Designing Human Systems Interaction (Sep/Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada)

Dates: 29 Sep – 3 Oct 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Website: www.iac2014.org or download CfP here
Submission Deadline: 25 February 2014

Space Architecture: Designing Human Systems Interaction – Session E5.3
25th Symposium On Space Activity & Society, 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014)

In response to the diversifying needs of users in space exploration and commercial spaceflight, interest in human-machine interfaces has continued to grow in space agencies, industry, and academia. At the same time, the wider individual and societal implications of the human-technology relationship have evolved into a key theme of interdisciplinary engagement with space. This session explores conceptual and applied issues related to the design of human interaction with space systems. In the context of habitats and infrastructure in the space and ground segment, these include interfaces of work stations, consoles, and devices; tools and payload hardware used in EVA and IVA; remote interaction; human-robotic partnerships; ambient intelligence, ubiquitous computing, and beyond. Read more of this post

Designing Business Matters (May 2014, Wuxi China)

Dates: 23-26 May 2014
Location: Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
Website: http://www.designing-business.com
Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 April 2014

Responsible Economics, Brighter Futures, Corporate Responsibility, Ethical Finance, Mindful Work, Strategic Design, and Sustainable Economies

Participation is possible. If you are interested in attending the conference, please provide a provocation statement of about 750 words via the website. 

Designing business matters more than ever-or does it?
What are the business matters of design? How do we identify them?
What makes design matter to business? How do we go about business and design?
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7th Intl Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association Symposium and Exhibition – SITUATION (Aug 2014, Melbourne Australia)

Dates: 31 July – 3 August 2014
Location: Design Hub, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Website: http://www.situation14.com/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 14 February 2014

Symposium abstracts: 1000 words plus references
Exhibition abstracts: 500 words plus 3-5 images
Please refer to author/exhibitor guides for submission requirements (available at www.situation14.com).

SITUATION brings attention to the designing of interiors as a practice engaged in spatial and temporal production; a practice that works in the midst of social, cultural, historical, political forces; a practice open to contingency, chance and change; a practice engaged with singularity and specificity.

SITUATION highlights ideas of event and the eventful nature of interiors, lived space-time compositions in constant change; atmospheric compositions; ephemerality; uniqueness; one-offs; a multiplicity of experience.

QUERIES
Suzie Attiwill, a SITUATION arranger, RMIT Interior Design
submissions@situation14.com

20th Intl Conf on Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (June 2014, Bergamo Italy)

Dates: 23-25 June 2014
Location: Bergamo, Italy
Website: http://www.ice-conference.org/
Deadline for submissions: 10 February 2014

You are cordially invited to submit your contribution to the 20th ICE – IEEE TMC Europe Conference, 23-25 June 2014, Bergamo (Italy). In the last two decades, the ICE conference has every year brought together leading academics, researchers and practitioners, contributing to the global debate on engineering, technology and innovation. ICE 2014 will continue in this, being entitled “Engineering Responsible Innovation in Products and Services.”

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AVI 2014: Intl Working Conf on Advanced Visual Interfaces (May 2014, Como Italy)

Dates: 27-30 May 2014
Location: Como, Italy
Website: http://avi2014.deib.polimi.it
Deadlines for submission: 7 January 2014 – 10 March 2014 (see below for details)

The 12th International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2014) will be held in Como (Italy) at the campus of Politecnico di Milano, from May 27th to 30th, 2014. Started in 1992 in Rome, AVI has become a biannual appointment for a wide International community of experts with a broad range of backgrounds, who share the interest in the investigation, design, development, and evaluation of innovative interactive solutions impacting our world at individual and societal level. Through more than two decades, the Conference has contributed to the progress of Human-Computer Interaction, offering a forum to present and disseminate new technological results, new paradigms and new visions for interaction and interfaces. AVI 2014 offers a wide variety of submission types to suit many types of interests and works. They include full and short research papers, demos, industry papers, and workshops. Theoretical and formal approaches, novel methodologies, domain-specific applications, empirical studies, new technological solutions, and industrial achievements fit well into the framework of the conference. The program also includes a number of prestigious invited talks as well social events at magnificent villas on the Como lake.

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CMC 2014: 6th Intl Conf on Concept Mapping (Sep 2014, Santos Brazil)

Dates: 23-25 September 2014
Location: Santos, Brazil
Website: http://cmc.ihmc.us
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 26 May 2014

Contact: cmc2014@ihmc.us
Local arrangements: cmc2014-local@ihmc.us

The Sixth International Conference on Concept Mapping follows on the success of the first five Conferences held in Pamplona, San José, Tallinn/Helsinki, Viña del Mar and Valletta in bringing together scholars and practitioners interested in concept mapping. It is being organized by the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (USA).

The Conference is aimed at all persons interested in the use of concept maps (based on the work of Dr. Joseph Novak), including, but not limited to: facilitation of learning; eliciting, capturing, archiving, and using “expert” knowledge; planning instruction; assessment of “deep” understandings; research planning; collaborative knowledge modeling; creation of “knowledge portfolios”; administrative and strategic planning and monitoring and knowledge management.

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JAR6: Journal of Artistic Research (Feb 2014)

Contact: jar@jar-online.net
Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2014

Unlike the traditional journal article format, JAR offers its contributors a free-to-use online writing space where text can be woven together with image, audio and video material. This new approach displays research practice in a manner that respects artists’ modes of presentation and incorporates web-enabled possibilities for collaboration, debate and discussion. The result is a journal that promotes experimental approaches to ‘writing up’ and provides a unique ‘reading’ experience, while carefully fulfilling the expectations of a peer-reviewed academic journal. We embrace research practices across and between disciplines, from artists worldwide, with or without academic affiliation.

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CHI2014 Workshop: Interaction and Architectural Space (April 2014, Toronto Canada)

Dates: 26-27 April 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Website: http://interactioninspaceworkshop.blogspot.com
Deadline for submissions: 10 January 2014

Our awareness of space and its role in the interaction process is becoming more distinct as we move from the earliest two-dimensional graphical user interface, through to games & virtual reality, and now emerging into mobile computing, urban computing, ambient computing, tangible computing and ubiquitous computing.

This workshop will bring together expertise from architecture and human computer interaction to foreground the role of space in the CHI community. We welcome participants from a range of disciplines including architecture, environmental and human factors psychology, computing, HCI, interaction design, digital arts, geography and cognitive science, as they all contribute to research on Interaction in Architectural Space.  As the workshop intends to bring together a community of researchers and designers who are creating interactive technologies in spatial settings, it invites any high-quality contributions relevant to the workshop topic.

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CHI2014 Workshop: Perspectives on Gender and Product Design: Are We Living in a “Man-Made” World? (April 2014, Toronto Canada)

Dates: 26 April – 1 May 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/technologydesignperspectives/home
Deadline for submissions: 17 January 2014

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2014 <http://chi2014.acm.org/> annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Science, held in Toronto, Canada  26 April – 1 May.

Interactive technologies have a profound mediating effect on the way we obtain and contribute to knowledge, relate to each other and contribute to society. Often, “gender” is not a factor that is explicitly considered in the design of these technologies. When gender is considered, products are often designed with idealised models of gendered “users”–designed for men, designed for women, designed for boys, designed for girls, or designed for the “average user” who could be male or female. However, the ways in which gender-bias or gender-neutrality are constructed in the design process and the resulting effect on the interactive artifacts that are produced is not well understood. Further, research within the HCI arena has only begun to scratch the surface of how perceived “gender” influences interactive product use by users of any gender.

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