CHI2012 Workshop: Personal Informatics in Practice

The deadline for our workshop has been extended to January 23, 2012.
Please consider submitting to our CHI2012 workshop.
CFP CHI2012 Workshop: Personal Informatics in Practice: Improving Quality of Life Through Data**

Personal informatics refers to a class of software and hardware systems that help individuals collect personal information to improve self-understanding. Improving self-understanding can foster self-insight and promote positive behaviors: healthy living, energy conservation, etc. The development of personal informatics applications poses new challenges for human-computer interaction and creates opportunities for applications in various domains related to quality of life, such as fitness, nutrition, wellness, mental health, and sustainability. This workshop will continue the conversations from the CHI2010 <> and CHI2011 <> workshops on personal informatics.

Focal Themes
The focal themes for this workshop are: (1) practical lessons from previous research and development experiences that can guide interface design for systems that allow users to collect and reflect on personal data; (2) requirements for building robust personal informatics applications; and (3) design and development of infrastructures that make personal informatics applications easier to create and evaluate.

As the third consecutive personal informatics workshop at CHI, we aim not simply to extend past work but also to look backwards at the past three years to share and discuss the successes and failures of previous projects and methods. Our goal is to continue to build and enrich the personal informatics community and to serve as a sort of collective feedback loop for the research in this growing area.

Suggested Topics
We invite contributions from various disciplines on topics including but not limited to: – New and current personal informatics applications and systems on desktop, web-based and mobile platforms.
– Sensor and life-logging technologies that monitor various personal behavioral information.
– Effective feedback techniques that help users become more aware of their own behaviors, such as visualizations, virtual agents, and persuasive technologies.
– Effects of self-understanding and self-awareness on behaviors and daily life.
– Methods of conducting long-term studies to determine effects of personal informatics on user behavior in various domains.
– Studies of personal informatics systems in the wild (either research prototypes or commercial systems such as Fitbit or Zeo).

Submission Details
We invite technologists, designers, and behavioral scientists working on topics related to personal informatics. Submit a position paper (2 to 4 pages) in the ACM Extended Abstracts format <>about your ongoing work, recent results, study methods, or perspectives on personal informatics. Papers will be peer-reviewed and 15-20 participants will be selected by relevance and likelihood of stimulating and contributing to this discussion. Email your paper in PDF format to <>with subject “CHI 2012 Workshop Submission” by January 23, 2012.

Note: At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and for one or more days of the CHI conference.

Important Dates
Position papers due: January 23, 2012 (Deadline extended)
Acceptance notification: February 10, 2012
Workshop date: May 6, 2012

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