The idea of the series of seminars "Mobile HCI" is to reflect on the last decade of HCI research on mobility, to discuss what we know about mobility, and what issues still need to be addressed by further research.
The seminars are organized into the following themes:
1-Empirical studies accounting for (i) the situated practices of mobile technologies use, (ii) the nature of mobility and possible related conceptualizations;
2– Analytical and methodological approaches for the study of "people on the move";
3 – Design issues in mobile HCI.
All the seminars are held in Stockholm and are available on distance on the following address:
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The schedule for the series of seminars is the following:
On the 2nd of February 2012 - "Mobile methods & Analysis" by Barry Brown, Mobile life center
In this seminar I'll talk about some methods for collecting and analysing data on mobile technology use. I'll talk about the use of ethnography, system trials and video recording as ways of getting data about how we are mobile and how we use mobile technology. What is key though is that it is in the analysis of this data that the real challenge arises, so I will develop my thoughts about how to go about analysis and in particular ways of describing the 'what everyone knows' that is important for system design.
On the 20th of March 2012 - "Designing for Mobile HCI - Landscapes, Long tails & Digital Materialities" by Professor Mikael Wiberg, Uppsala University
Mobile HCI is changing. From being about, for example, UI design for small devices, interaction via limited input modalities, and design for small screens, these important aspects of mobile HCI are now heavily interwoven in complex arrangements of computational devices, platforms and services. With a point of departure taken in these processes of current development, this seminar sets out to describe and envision a research agenda for mobile HCI carefully crafted out in relation to three specific and recent developments in this field. More specifically, these strands of developments include the formation of new interaction landscapes, the long tail of interaction, and digital materialities. In this seminar I will present the background for this development followed by examples illustrating how these three manifest themselves in practice. With a point of departure taken in these three cornerstones a research agenda is presented followed by a discussion on the implications of this agenda for mobile HCI research and design.
Mikael Wiberg is a chaired professor in Human-Computer Interaction at Uppsala university and this seminar will be based upon his recent publication:
Wiberg, M. (2012) Landscapes, Long tails & Digital Materialities – Implications for Mobile HCI research, International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, Issue 4(1).
On the 22nd of March 2012 - "Visitor Use of Mobile Technologies in Science Centers and Museums: Re-Configuring the Boundaries of the Exhibition Experience" by Alexandra Weilenmann, Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg and Thomas Hillman, Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg
Based on ongoing design-oriented ethnographic fieldwork in museums and science centers, this presentation explores the ways new mobile technologies are currently used to understand their potential and challenges. The presentation will examine ways that museum visitors broaden and share their experiences of exhibitions by using the newest generation of mobile technologies. In particular, the practice of sharing video recorded within a museum, both in real-time with co-visitors and asynchronously through the Internet will be discussed. Through examination of observational video of visitor practices inside exhibitions, visitor-produced video, and visitor contributions to video sharing sites such as YouTube, the findings reveal changed and expanded museum experiences. Our results question the nature of the ‘principal user’ of an exhibit, and illustrate ways that mobile technologies re-configure the interactivity of exhibitions. We show that such technologies mediate the local experiences of visitors extending both the physical and temporal reach of those experiences outside museum walls. These new generations of technology create challenges for museums and science centres, but also, through sensitivity to the emerging ways that young people document and share their experiences, the opportunity for supporting new forms of activity.Add a comment