CFP: Key Issues in Sensory Augmentation Workshop

Together with Jon Bird and Paul Marshall I’m organizing a workshop on key issues related to sensory augmentation interfaces. The second call for participation has just been sent out. You can read the details below:

2nd Call for Participation: Key Issues in Sensory Augmentation Workshop

Position Paper Submission Deadline: Friday 20 February, 2009.
Workshop: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March, 2009.

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Key Issues in Sensory Augmentation Workshop

This two day interdisciplinary workshop focuses on key issues in sensory augmentation research. Our aim is to bring together researchers from the different fields that investigate how the capabilities of perceptual and cognitive systems can be augmented by sensor-based technologies: HCI; philosophy; computing; AI; psychology; and the arts.

One goal is to identify the key questions motivating the research in this rapidly developing interdisciplinary area. Another is to map the range of theoretical frameworks, empirical techniques and technologies that are currently used in sensory augmentation research.

More specifically, the two-day workshop will focus on the following three questions:

* are there rigorous techniques that can characterise the subjective experience of using sensory augmentation technology?
* how can empirical experiments with sensory augmentation devices be used to further philosophical and psychological enquiry into cognition and perception?
* what technologies are available for building sensory augmentation devices?

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Demonstrators

* Malika Auvray, CNRS, France
* Ron Chrisley, University of Sussex, UK
* Andy Clark, University of Edinburgh, UK
* Charles Lenay, Perceptual Supplementation Group, Compiègne, France
* Claire Petitmengin, University of Paris, France
* Carson Reynolds, University of Tokyo, Japan
* Yvonne Rogers, Open Univesity, UK
* Frank Schumann, University of Osnabrück, Germany
* Ian Saunders, University of Edinburgh
* Adam Spiers, University of Bristol, UK
* Jamie Ward, University of Sussex, UK

Workshop programme

We want to address our three research questions through a combination of: conventional short presentations by invited keynote speakers; discussion sessions; and by participants having a hands-on experience of using, building and evaluating sensory augmentation technologies.

There will be demonstrations of a range of sensory augmentation devices and participants will have opportunities to use and evaluate these systems under the guidance of the designers. Confirmed demonstrations include: the Enactive Torch; feelSpace; the Haptic Radar; an i-LIMB with proprioceptive feedback; a minimal TVSS; and the vOICe system.

There will also be two optional tutorial sessions. One tutorial will cover open source software (Processing, OpenFrameworks) and hardware (including Arduino microcontrollers, Lillypad components) that can be used to build wearable vibro-tactile arrays and connected to a range of sensors. This will be run by researchers who actively use these technologies and will demonstrate that sensory augmentation systems can be rapidly prototyped and tested. This session will only require participants to have basic technological skills (some basic familiarity with a programming language).

A second tutorial session will be run on ‘second person’ interview techniques by Claire Petitmengin, a leading authority and an experienced trainer.

If you would like to participate then please submit a maximum 2 page position paper that addresses one or more of the three workshop questions and send it to Jon Bird – . The deadline for submissions is Friday 20 February. There are a maximum of 25 places.

The position papers will be available for viewing as posters during the drinks breaks and lunch times.

The workshop is free and participants will receive lunch and refreshments on both days and dinner on the first evening. We have some funding to help cover travel and accommodation costs for PhD students.

This workshop is funded by the UbiComp Grand Challenge.

Jon Bird and Paul Marshall
Pervasive Interaction Lab
Open University

Tom Froese
University of Sussex



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