St Andrews HCI Research Group


Dec 2015

 CHI 2016 Workshop on Proxemic Mobile Collocated Interactions

  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 7th May 2016
  • Submission due date: 8th January 2016
Recent research on mobile collocated interactions has been looking at situations in which collocated users engage in collaborative activities using their mobile devices. However, existing practices fail to fully account for the culturally-dependent spatial relationships between people and their digital devices (i.e. the proxemic relationships). Building on the ideas of proxemic interactions, this workshop is motivated by the concept of ‘proxemic mobile collocated interactions’, to harness new or existing technologies to create engaging and interactionally relevant experiences. Such approaches would allow devices to not only react to presence and interaction, but also other indicators, such as the interpersonal distance people naturally use in everyday life.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together a community of researchers, designers and practitioners who are interested in exploring proxemics and mobile collocated interactions. For this workshop, we invite people from a broad variety of backgrounds to make submissions relating to the workshop topic or any of the goals of the workshop:

  • Identify key opportunities for including proxemic interactions in the design
    and implementation of mobile collocated experiences
  • Investigate the ecological implications of both multi-user and multi-device
  • Consider the intricacies of sensing in complex environments
  • Explore interaction paradigms that can be (re-)appropriated for such
  • Examine adequate ways of prototyping and evaluating such systems

In this workshop, we will focus on pursuing ideas around the curation of proxemic mobile collocated interactions, to create a deeper understanding of designing and evaluating such systems, in order to create richer and more engaging experiences.
This one-day workshop is structured to encourage discussion and reflection on topics relating to both proxemic interactions and emerging forms of mobile collocated interactions. Initially, attendees will engage in a number of activities such as speed dating to quickly acquaint themselves. The remainder of the morning will explore the implications of proxemic interactions on mobile collocated interactions, through various activities such as body storming or role play between small groups of attendees. The afternoon will consist of group-oriented practical activities to support ideation around the workshop topic. The workshop will close with a discussion and reflection on the ideas and activities explored, with an orientation towards answering the workshop goals. This will include how we could, or should, interact with future proxemic-aware technologies, and how researchers should evaluate such concepts both from an interaction design perspective and that of HCI.
Potential participants should submit a 3-6 page position paper (including references) in the CHI 16 Extended Abstracts Format describing their interest and/or previous work related to the workshop topic. Submissions and questions should be emailed to At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop, and all participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference. Submissions due: 8th January 2016 Notifications sent: 15th January 2016 Workshop: 7th or 8th February 2016

  • Martin Porcheron, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Andrés Lucero, University of Southern Denmark, DK
  • Aaron Quigley, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Nicolai Marquardt, University College London, UK
  • James Clawson, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
  • Kenton O’Hara, Microsoft Research, UK

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