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International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015

14th September 2015

Interact 2015The 15th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015 takes place from 14 to 18 September 2015 in Bamberg, Germany.

M-ITI researchers will be once again at this important conference to present the lastest research results of their projects.

Prof. Chris Csikszentmihályi is an invited speaker in the panel Design, Innovation and Respect in the Global South. The aim of this panel is to facilitate a discussion on the practice of interaction design in the Global South in the context of current global discourses on development, as particularly evidenced in the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda. The panel will generate a thought-provoking debate based on different experiences and cultural and political reflections on designing and innovating in the Global South.

A full paper "MStoryG: Exploring Serendipitous Storytelling Within High Anxiety Public Spaces" will be presented Thursday, 17th of September.  

 

Abstract:

The proliferation of interactive displays within public spaces has steered research towards exploring situated engagement, user interaction and user-generated content on public displays. However, user behaviors such as display blindness and display avoidance, social embarrassment andparticipation inequality are just some of the limiting factors restricting user commitment to interaction and participation. So-called “non-places”, which include transportation terminals, are homogenized public spaces that seem to exist outside conventional notions of time and identity. These anonymous, fast-paced, high-anxiety spaces provide a significant challenge for designers hoping to engage the attention of passersby. Our study proposes to go beyond a traditional technology-centered approach and examine the relationship between individual, object, and space. We attempt to engage airport travelers in serendipitous interactive storytelling through reminiscence and nostalgia. We present our “in-the-wild” study at the baggage claim area of an international airport where 26 h of observations and 49 semi-structured interviews were collected.

 

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