Human-food interaction Special Issue of IJHCS

REMINDER: Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (1000 words):
27th July 2012

Special Issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
(IJHCS) on Human-food interaction: Designing computer systems for food
in everyday life

Building on the concerns of CHI2012 workshop Food and Interaction
Design, the aim of the special issue is to bring together the many
strands of empirical research in the emerging intersection between
human-food and human-technology interaction. This special issue focuses
on the food practices of everyday life, where individuals eat, cook,
grow, shop, share and communicate about food. We identify three broad
themes from which we seek high-quality, innovative, and thought
provoking research: sustainability; health and wellbeing; social and
sensorial experiences surrounding food. We explore how computer systems
can be used to raise awareness of and support or change food related
practices but also where they can be used to support and elicit
creative, intimate, and, playful responses in social environments.

We call for empirical studies of computer systems for the wide variety
of food practices in human-food interaction. A non-exhaustive list of
topics of interest includes:
– Methods and systems for the capture and probing of food practices
– How technology is used to enhance sensory and experiential aspects of
food consumption
– Approaches to evaluating and measuring technological impact in food
practices and systems
– Discussions of technologies to facilitate social experiences of food
– Culturally specific food practices and related uses of technologies
– Spatial and location-based technologies to help create particular
food-related experiences
– Technologies to support small-scale and urban agriculture
– Community engagement strategies surrounding food
– Personalisation and recommendation systems to support food choices
– Systems for increasing food chain transparency
– Playful and creative engagement in food performances

Papers addressing theoretical issues will only be considered where the
contribution is exceptional.

Full call and details are available on the IJHCS website

Paper submission
Authors are requested to submit an extended abstract (up to 1000 words)
by 27th July. Proposals should outline the concrete research
contributions of a full paper. Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted
proposals will be invited to submit a full paper.  All submissions
should be made to the IJHCS submission system at selecting “Special Issue: Human Food
Interaction” as the Article Type. Full manuscripts should be submitted
according to the IJHCS Guide for authors and will be blind refereed.
Articles must be based on original research, although extended versions
of published conference papers may be acceptable if they contain at
least 50% new material. All manuscripts should be submitted online. The
IJHCS Guide for authors and online submission is available at

Key dates
Deadline for abstracts: 27th July 2012
Invitation to authors to submit full paper: 31st August 2012
Full papers due: 9th November 2012
Author notification: 11th January 2013
Revised papers due: 1st March 2013

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