CHI 2015 Workshop: Ecological perspectives in HCI: Promise, Problems, and Potential (April 2015, Seoul Korea)

Dates: 18-19 April 2015
Location: Seoul, Korea
Deadline for submissions: EXTENDED 19 January 2015

Given the important, and ever increasing, role played by “ecology” and related terms in HCI, there is a need for the field to reflect on the history and state of the art in employing ecological concepts and perspectives, and outline directions for future development. This one-day workshop will contribute to addressing this need by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the promise, problems, and potential of ecological perspectives in HCI.

The aim of the workshop is to reflect on interpretations and uses of ecology and related concepts in HCI research and explore the future of ecological perspectives in HCI.  In particular, the participants will discuss the potential of ecological perspectives for supporting rich and meaningful analysis, as well as innovative design, of interactive technologies in real-life contexts.

Some of the issues to be addressed at the workshop include (but are not limited to):
– Different interpretations and uses of “ecology” in HCI.
– The reasons why ecological perspectives are popular in HCI research (e.g., identifying the perceived benefits of adopting an ecological perspective).
– The main difficulties associated with applying the concepts of ecology, habitat, etc., in HCI research.
– Integration of physical and digital objects within a particular ecology.
– The relationship between the structure, functioning, and development of an ecology, on the one hand, and user experience, on the other.
– Frameworks, models, and methods for studying ecologies.
– The implications of the shift of focus of HCI toward ecologies for design research and practice (e.g., for the meaning of “design” and “designer”).
– Ecological perspectives in HCI research on sustainability.

We invite the submission of position papers, 2-4 pages in the ACM Extended Abstract format ( offering perspectives on one or more of the above topics.

Submissions should be made by email to and by January 5, 2015.

Please indicate which of the position paper authors will attend the workshop. Places are limited and we may need to cap the number of attendees per accepted paper.

At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. For some early indication on prices, please refer to last year’s workshop & conference pricing:

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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