Call for Participation

Call for Participation

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Human engagement is at the heart of every interactive technology.  A concrete framework for synergizing the capabilities of humans and technologies to allow fully engaging interactions to happen is yet to be developed. We posit that such a framework should be grounded in a deeper understanding of human nature (e.g., mind-body relations), which in the field of HCI has primarily been built upon the Western philosophies. There are scattered, underexplored Eastern ideas (e.g., YiJing, Zen) or “mindfulness” that may provide new lens and tools to analyze how humans engage with technological artifacts. 

This workshop aims to provide (a) a learning venue where participants can together explore existing Eastern knowledge insights, and how they can be used to better understand human engagement and to draw implications for designing technologies, and (b) a discussion venue to identify potentially new research and industrial opportunities open by these new perspectives.

We invite contributors to submit position papers addressing one or more of four threads:  theoretical (e.g. identifying promising Eastern frameworks), practical (e.g., analyzing methodologies of existing work), reflective (e.g. critique on the notion of human engagement) and programmatic (e.g, developing a research agenda).

Submissions should be of 2-6 pages CHI Extended Abstract format. All submissions will be reviewed by the organizers of its relevance to the proposed theme.  The paper in PDF file format should be sent via email to by January 5, 2015.  Contributors will be asked to bring along an A1-poster to facilitate discussions.  At least one author from each accepted paper must register for the workshop.

Authors of accepted papers, of sufficient quality, will have an opportunity to extend, revise and resubmit them to the special issue on interactive arts and design in Leonardo Transactions (MIT Press, (Please note that Prof. Ernest Edmonds Editor-in-Chief mentions that Leonardo Transactions is concerned with art, so we will not accept design papers or pure HCI, the papers can be about HCI and art (interactive art) for example or any other science/technology art connection.)

Workshop Structure

The one-day workshop will consist of several sessions, which are designed to be engaging and interactive:

  • Session 1 (9:00 – 9:15) Introduction: The main goals and workflow of the workshop to be briefed.
  • Session 2 (9:15 – 9:30) Questions elicitation: All participants are asked to identify at least one question for each of the four threads (one question one colour-code card). Each participant has a stack of 4 or more question cards by the end of this session.
  • Session 3 (9:30 – 12:30 with coffee break): Paper presentations & Question allocation: Each contributor will be given about 10 minutes to present their paper. After each talk, the audience then decide which (or none) of the questions they identify in Session 2 can be answered by the presenter and write down his/her name on the card (more than one name can be on each card). 
  • Session 4 (13:30 – 15:00) Distributing questions & Finding answers: The named cards should be distributed to corresponding persons. But when a person has already more than 5 cards, s/he can pass extra cards to others whose names are also on the cards.  Each participant takes turn to present their answers to the cards. 
  • Session 5 (15:30 – 16:30) Group work for Workshop Poster: Participants are divided into four teams grouped by the individual threads. Each group collate all the question cards of the same colour/thread and consolidate them into a sorted list of significance.  Group discussions on the questions high in the list and their related answers presented in Session 4 will take place. The main outcome of this session will be a coherent description of different views shared for each thread.  The four descriptions will be collaged on a Workshop Poster accessible to all CHI’15 people.
  • Session 6 (16:30-17:00): Wrap up & Future work. Follow-on activities to advance this research inquiry will be planned.

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