Friday, 23 November 2007

Pervasive Expression: Workshop on Pervasive Visual, Auditory and Alternative Modality Information Display

We will host a workshop at the 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Sunday 18 May 2008, Sydney, Australia. I encourage interested researchers and Ph.D students to consider participating. full details web site

A new research direction is currently emerging in which pervasive display technology is used to reveal information about wearers and inhabitants, their activities or their surrounding environment. Such applications tend to be multidisciplinary in nature, and cover areas such as location-aware way-finding, environmental monitoring, preventive healthcare, self-expression, ambient persuasion, social networks interfaces, e-fashion, interactive architecture, media facades or emotive artworks. These approaches focus on the "output" side of pervasive computing, as a multimodal "feedback" mechanism for the wearers or any other person in their vicinity.

Pervasive display technology often experiments beyond the use of simple LCD or pixel-based displays, instead utilizing a wide set of alternative output technologies such as LED light arrays, e-textiles, electroluminescent wires, thermo-chromatic inks, shape-changing materials, inflatables, smell emitters, tangible feedback mechanisms or complex sound generators. Although recent advances in pervasive technology have advanced knowledge about sensor data interpretation, context recognition and their applications, still much more needs to be known about how information can be communicated back to the user in an expressive but pervasive way. The development, implementation and use of such technology inherently encounters important considerations, such as privacy, ethics, usability, control, comprehensibility, engagement and technical development, spanning a spectrum from informative representation to artistic experience.

Workshop Description
This workshop wants to bring together researchers, practitioners, technologists and artists from different domains, interested in the visual or auditory representation of information for users in the pervasive realm. We also hope to explore how novel visual, auditory and alternative modalities (e.g. tactile, olfactory, visceral) materials can function as a physical communicative layer that is truly pervasive.

A few potential questions to be discussed in the workshop include:
How to embed pervasive expressive displays in physical reality and materials, such as artifacts, garments and spaces?
What are valid data mapping metaphors for expressive displays that are pervasive, and still can be intuitively understood?
How can the design of pervasive expressive displays influence the experience (e.g. engagement, reflection, persuasion, interpretation), conviction, attitude or behavior of onlookers, users, wearers or any person in its vicinity?

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Andrew Vande Moere is a Lecturer in Design Computing at the Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. His research interests include creative forms of data representations, including wearable or persuasive visualization. His teaching includes interaction design, physical/wearable computing and 3D real-time multimedia. Andrew is also the sole author of the "information aesthetics" weblog.

Kirsty Beilharz is a Senior Lecturer in Digital media at the Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Her research includes gestural interaction with sonification, wearable sonification and context-aware informative display. Her teaching includes Sound Design and Sonification and an Interactive Sound Design Studio.

Bert Bongers has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a doctorate in Human-Computer Interaction Design form Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research focuses on making technology more accessible through physical forms of interaction, including haptic feedback. He has worked as an instrument builder at Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam, as well as freelance for many composers, musicians, architects, and artists such as Laetita Sonami,Michel Waisvisz and Kas Oosterhuis. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Stephen Barrass is an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Communication and Co-Director of the Sonic Communications Research Group at the University of Canberra . He obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW in 1986, and a Ph.D. on Auditory Information Design from the Australian National University in 1997. He took up a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Kommunication in Germany through 1998-1999. Upon return to Australia he lead research on Advanced Audio Interfaces at the CSIRO ICT Centre in Canberra from 2000-2004.

Steffi Beckhaus, Interactive Media & Virtual Environments, University of Hamburg, Germany.
Joanna Berzowska, Extra Soft Labs, Canada.
Remo Burkhard, Chair for Information Architecture, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland.
Mark Burry, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT, Australia.
Anne Cranny-Francis, Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy, Macquarie University, Australia.
Régine Debatty, &
Berry Eggen, Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.
Mathias Gmaschi, Loop.pH Ltd, UK.
Ian Gwilt, Visual Communication, UTS, Australia.
Nigel Helyer, SonicObjects & AudioNomad, University of NSW, Australia.
Thomas Hermann, Sonification, Data Mining & HCI, Bielefeld University, Germany.
Jeffrey Huang, Media and Design Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland.
Andy Hunt, Music & Media Technology, University of York, UK.
Sarah Kettley, Speckled Computing Consortium, UK.
Maja Kuzmanovic, FOAM, Belgium.
Nicolas Nova, Media & Design Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland.
Garth Paine, Digital Musics, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Zach Pousman, Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech, US.
Melinda Rackham, Australian Network for Art and Technology, Australia.
Johan Redström, Interactive Institute, Sweden.
Stefania Serafin, Medialogy, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza, Human-Computer Interaction, PUC Rio, Brazil.
Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, Information Technology & Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark.
José Luis de Vicente, Visualizar Media Lab Prado, Spain.
Danielle Wilde, CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology, Australia.