St Andrews HCI Research Group


Dec 2015

CSCW 2016 Workshop on Collocated Interaction: New Challenges in 'Same Time, Same Place' Research

San Francisco, CA, USA, 27th February 2016.
Submission due date: 22nd December 2015 (notifications in time for early registration), or 8th January 2016.
In the 25 years since Ellis, Gibbs, and Rein proposed the time-space taxonomy, research in the ‘same time, same place’ quadrant has diversified, perhaps even fragmented. The goal of this one-day workshop is to bring together researchers with diverse, yet convergent interests in tabletop, surface, mobile and wearable technologies, and those interested in the social aspects of interaction, such as conversation analysis and ethnomethodology. These communities have matured considerably, and produced significant exemplars of systems, methods, and studies concerned with collocated interactions. Yet, new challenges abound as people wear and carry more devices than ever, creating fragmented device ecologies at work, and changing the ways we socialise with each other. In this workshop we seek to start a dialogue to look back as well as forward, review best practices, discuss and design paper-prototypes using the collocated design framework, to consider how we might address new and future challenges through collocated design practice.

For this workshop, we invite contributions (either posters or position papers) relating to the design and study of collocated interaction, including but not limited to any of the following:

  • Studies of settings involving collocated interaction;
  • Designs, deployments and studies of social/groupware and CSCW systems for collocated settings;
  • Discussions of methods and tools to study and evaluate socio-technical systems with a focus on collocated settings;
  • Examples and ‘thick descriptions’ of interaction and conversation analysis and ethnographic reports;
  • Approaches and examples of how studies of face-to-face interaction inform design;
  • Techniques of sensing ‘social context’, e.g. collocation, conversation, and bodily orientation;
  • Concepts and design examples of systems that support collocated group-awareness and coordination;
  • Explorations of interaction techniques aimed at supporting collocated interaction;
  • Conceptual frames aiding the understanding of collocated interaction;
  • Case studies and lessons learned from evaluating the impact of technology on co-located interactions;
  • Studies or examples of mixed-presence CSCW systems.

The overarching goal of the workshop is to reflect on the insights of collocated interaction design research across diverse domains. For instance, how can we leverage findings from studies of specific technologies (e.g. mobile phones, tabletops, or public displays) to understand the impact of overall technology ecology on face-to-face interactions? How can we build on these findings to design technology that stimulates and supports face-to-face interactions instead of hampering them?
Potential workshop participants are invited to submit a 3–6 page position paper (including references) in the CHI 16 Extended Abstracts format, or a poster and a 2-page abstract, describing their interest and/or previous work related to the workshop topic by email to Submit by by 22nd December 2015 to receive notification in time for the early registration (notification: 5th January; early registration: 8th January). Alternatively, submit by 8th January 2016 to receive notification by 22nd January 2016.
The one-day workshop is structured to encourage interactivity through the exploration of a number of challenges within the field of collocated interactions. The first half of the workshop will be devoted to fast-paced presentations of participants’ contributions, getting to know each other, and reflecting and mapping existing on-going work in collocated interactions. The remainder will be devoted to a hands-on ideation and prototyping in small groups to develop design ideas related to the topics introduced by attendees. This will include the introduction of the collocated interaction design framework to help facilitate ideation, while allowing participants to form novel concepts based on the existing challenges identified in the previous session.
We will make use of the remainder of the afternoon to discuss and reflect on the outcomes of the workshop activities. The purpose of this will be to answer key questions of the workshop, including how the CSCW community can adapt new approaches whilst building upon existing ideas to face current and future challenges within collocated interactions.

  • Joel E. Fischer, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Martin Porcheron, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Andrés Lucero, University of Southern Denmark, DK
  • Aaron Quigley, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Stacey D. Scott, Engineering University of Waterloo, CA
  • Luigina Ciolfi, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • John Rooksby, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Nemanja Memarovic, University of Zurich, CH

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