[Air-L] CfP CHI2012 Workshop on Food and Interaction Design

Robert Comber robert.comber at newcastle.ac.uk
Wed Nov 16 04:15:26 PST 2011

Apologies for cross-posting. This may be of interest to some on the list.

Call for participation for the CHI2012 Workshop on 'Food and Interaction Design: Designing for food in everyday life'

Key dates
Submission: January 13th, 2012.
Notification: February 10th, 2012.
Workshop: May 6th, 2012.

The intersection between food and interaction design presents an interesting challenge to the HCI community in attending to the pervasive nature of food, the socio-cultural differences in food practices and a changing global foodscape. We propose a one-day workshop that aims to bring together researchers involved in studying in areas of food and human-computer interaction. The workshop will be organized with a poster session to foster discussion, followed by a working session that will include a visit to and collaboration with a local food co-op to capture local food related practices. At the end of the workshop we aim to discuss the role of food in HCI, to better understand daily food practices within existing environments and develop design proposals aiming to support production and consumption of food towards health, food experiences, ecological sustainability and alternative food cultures. We are also exploring options for a special issue of a journal to focus on the current state of research in this area.

We are looking for contributions in the field of food, HCI and interaction design in the following areas:
*       Perspectives from multiple disciplines
*       Food and ecological sustainability, alternative food cultures, food experiences, healthy diets and wellbeing
*       Studies on daily practices, values and social norms
*       Behavior change (models) and community actions
*       Measurability of food consumption and waste
*       Design frameworks for human-food interaction

Submissions from other areas will be considered depending on their relevance and uniquecontribution to the workshop and the field.
Participants will be required to submit a 2-4 page position paper which addresses the issue of food and interaction design. In particular, papers addressing the everyday aspects of food and interaction design in themes of health and wellbeing, food experiences, ecological sustainability and alternative food cultures will be especially welcome. At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.
Submissions are welcomed from researchers and practitioners working with Food in HCI and Interaction Design. Submissions should be made to the workshop organizers (robert.comber [at] newcastle.ac.uk) in PDF format. Submissions should be styled using the ACM extended abstract format. The deadline for submissions is January 13th, 2012. Notification will be on February 10th.
More information can be found on the workshop website at http://di.ncl.ac.uk/foodixd/

Rob Comber
Marie Curie Research Fellow
Culture Lab
Newcastle University
robert.comber [at] newcastle.ac.uk

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