NordiCHI 2014 Workshop: Designing Self-care for Everyday Life (Oct 2014, Helsinki Finland)

Dates: 27 October 2014
Location: NordiCHI 2014, Helsinki, Finland
Deadline for submissions: 14 August 2014

In conjunction with NordiCHI 2014.

Managing chronic conditions can be challenging. People in such conditions, and the people around them, have to: deal with symptoms, adapt to the resulting disability, manage emotions, and change habits to keep the condition under control. Self-care technologies have the potential to support self-care, however they often disregard the complexity of the settings in which they are used and fail to become integrated in everyday life.

In this workshop we will discuss how to design self-care technologies that are in harmony with people’s everyday life. Therefore, we invite designers, researchers and practitioners to participate in a full-day workshop in which we will reflect on each other’s work, and do a design exercise with patients and caregivers. Non-academic participants can also attend without submitting a contribution if they wish to participate in the discussions.

We will consider participants that submit: a position paper (2-4 ACM sigCHI<> pages), or a <500 motivation letter (for non-academics). Both submissions should be sent to: by 14th August 2014.

We expect position papers on self-care technologies, including: recent experiments, prototypes, field studies, theoretical accounts and critical reflections that discuss issues of design, development, and use.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
– Success (and failure) stories of self-care technology;
– Challenges of using self-care technologies in everyday life;
– Appropriation of self-care technologies;
– Solutions created by patients and caregivers;
– Collaborations and division of work in self-care;
– Enabling patient empowerment;
– Bridging clinical and non-clinical settings;
– Underlying issues of self-care technology design or use;

14th August, 2014:  Submission deadline for position papers and motivation letters
11th September, 2014: Notification of acceptance
27th September, 2014: Camera ready version
27th October, 2014: Workshop at NordiCHI 2014

Nervo Verdezoto, Aarhus University, Denmark
Francisco Nunes, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Erik Grönvall, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Cristiano Storni, University of Limerick, Ireland
Morten Kyng, Aarhus University, Denmark

Aisling Ann O’Kane, University College London, UK
Alison Burrows, University of Bristol, UK
Anne Marie Kanstrup, Aalborg University, Denmark
Antonella de Angeli, University of Trento, Italy
Claudia Müller, University of Siegen, Germany
Florian Güldenpfennig, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Kelly Caine, Clemson University, USA
Ljilja Kascak, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Lone Malmborg, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mads Frost, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh, UK
Naveen L. Bagalkot, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India
Olav Bertelsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Özge Subasi, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Paula Alexandra Silva, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Tariq Osman Andersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Tobias Sonne, Aarhus University, Denmark
Tone Bratteteig, University of Oslo, Norway
Yunan Chen, University of California, Irvine, USA

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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