Ecological Perspectives in HCI

CHI 2015 workshop

Ecological perspectives in HCI: Promise, Problems, and Potential


The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the present and future of ecological perspectives in HCI. The participants will reflect on the current uses and interpretations of “ecology” and related concepts in the field. The workshop will assess the potential of ecological perspectives in HCI for supporting rich and meaningful analysis, as well as innovative design, of interactive technologies in real-life contexts.

Given the important, and ever increasing, role played by ecology and related notions in HCI, there is a need for the field to reflect on the history and state of the art in employing ecological concepts and perspectives, and outline directions for future development. The proposed workshop will contribute to addressing this need by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners in HCI and other disciplines to discuss the promise, problems, and potential of ecological perspectives in HCI.

Key topics
Some of the issues to be addressed at the workshop include (but are not limited to):
- Different interpretations and uses of “ecology” in HCI.

 - The reasons why ecological perspectives are popular in HCI research (e.g., identifying the perceived benefits of adopting an ecological perspective).

 - The main difficulties associated with applying the concepts of ecology, habitat, etc., in HCI research.

 - Integration of physical and digital objects within a particular ecology.

  - The relationship between the structure, functioning, and development of an ecology, on the one hand, and user experience, on the other.

  - Frameworks, models, and methods for studying ecologies.

   - The implications of the shift of focus of HCI toward ecologies for design research and practice (e.g., for the meaning of “design” and “designer”).

   - Ecological perspectives in HCI research on sustainability.

We invite the submission of position papers, 2-4 pages in the ACM Extended Abstract format ( offering perspectives on one or more of the above topics. 

Please direct queries and submissions to Victor Kaptelinin and Antonio Rizzo

At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. For some early indication on prices, please refer to last year's workshop & conference pricing:

Download the Extended Abstract of the workshop

Extended deadline!

New Submission deadline:
19th January 2015

Notification: 13th February 2015

Workshop: Sunday 19th April 2015

Eli Blevis
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Susanne Bødker
Aarhus University,

John Flach
Wright State University, USA

Jodi Forlizzi
Carnegie Mellon University,

Heekyoung Jung
University of Cincinnati, USA

Victor Kaptelinin
Umeå University, Sweden,,
University of Bergen, Norway

Bonnie Nardi
University of California, Irvine, USA

Antonio Rizzo
University of Siena, Italy

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