Rural HCI

Rural HCI
a full day Workshop at the OzCHI conference in Canberra, Australia, 29 November 2011.

Computer technology over the past decades has decreased in size, and at the same time has become increasingly networked. The field of Human-Computer Interaction research and design addresses this through ubiquitous, pervasive and ambient computing paradigms. Whereas most of this research concentrates on the home and work environments in urban areas, more research is needed into the possibilities of interaction on the rural and landscape scale. Rural HCI is where the electronic ecology meets the natural ecology and human-made landscape. For instance, the ecological stance of permaculture is very much about distributed (rather than centralised) food production and consumption, and system design with shorter and more sustainable loops. The currently very relevant discussions around the de-centralised energy ‘harvesting’ follow this approach too. These are examples of approaches that can lead to more efficiency, less waste and generally contribute to the sustainability of practices.

Rural HCI aims to bring together these important social, cultural, technical and conceptual approaches with a structured response from the field of interactive technologies. With the workshop we intent to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of rural-scale interaction, in order to establish what the issues are, and how to approach the problematics.

The workshop aims to develop new guidelines, practical knowledge and theoretical frameworks. Possible topics:
distributed energy generation
sub-urban scale interaction
landscape design and art
remote presence distributed energy storage
sustainability, pollution
remote rehabilitation
social and cultural issues related to rural and outback gardening
bushfire prevention
water management
remote sensing and actuating
multimodal interaction paradigms
social networking
energy harvesting
technical factors: long range wireless and mesh networks, NBN geographic information systems (GIS)
navigation (incl GPS), mapping information representation indigenous
cultures attitudes and knowledge relating to the land
artistic practices and responses to sustainability

* Participants are expected to submit a position paper and/or another contribution in the form of an installation, a manifesto, a demonstrator, or a prototype.
* Paper Proposals and Expressions of Interest of max. 4 pages can be submitted in any format and lay out (PDF files preferred) by the 7 October Deadline.
* Final submission format details for accepted contributions will be announced nearer the time.
* Prepare a 10-15 minute presentation for the Workshop as a basis for further discussions and contribution to the aims of the workshop.

7 October Paper proposals / position papers due
4 November Notification of acceptance
18 November Final papers due
Tuesday 29 November: workshop

Workshop organisers:
Bert Bongers (University of Technology Sydney) (contact person, <>,
Elise van den Hoven (TU Eindhoven),
Jon Pearce (University of Melbourne), Stuart Smith (NeuRA) and Tarsha Finney (UTS).

More information on this web site: <> And a poster can be downloaded from <>


About UUID

UUID (Universal Usability and Interaction Design) SIG at Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia.
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