Workshop at CHI2001

Distributed and Disappearing User Interfaces in Ubiquitous Computing

As computer interfaces merges with our environments and virtually become invisible, new concepts for human-computer interaction have to be developed. Instead of a single screen-based user interface (UI), humans will interact with a multitude of devices that are distributed and interconnected, and thus the design space for these UIs become much larger than with conventional computers. We aim to develop an understanding of how distributed and disappearing UIs in ubiquitous computing can be designed and created, and also to consider the impact they will have on people’s everyday life.

The workshop will focus on how to:

We will also address privacy, design, aesthetics and expressions, trying to grasp the possible social impact of such systems. We hope to bring together researchers and practitioners who are concerned with design, development, and implementation of novel interfaces for mobile devices and environment-based appliances, as well as social issues emerging from their use.

Participants will be selected based on their submissions, either a position paper (2 pages) describing their interest and experience in the field, or an extended abstract (5 pages) describing ongoing research. We expect participants to search for a common understanding of user interfaces in ubiquitous computing and we aim to define a research agenda in this field.

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Albrecht Schmidt
Telecooperations Office (TecO)
University of Karlsruhe
Vincenz-Priessnitz-Str. 1
76131 Karlsruhe (Germany)

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