Workshop: Many People, Many Eyes: Aggregating Influences of Visual Perception on User Interface Design


Many People, Many Eyes: Aggregating Influences of Visual Perception on
Interface Design
A CHI 2013 workshop, with Keynote talk by Jeffrey Heer

April 28, 2013, Paris, France in conjunction with CHI 2013

Submission deadline: January 11, 2013
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There are many differences in how we see the world. Native Welsh
for example, lose their ability to differentiate between green and blue
they acquire the language (4-month old babies can visually
adults cannot). Colorblindness affects around 8% of men and 0.4% of
Gender modulates which designs we perceive as appealing and
North Americans are relatively better at ignoring the context
surrounding a
focal object, whereas East Asians perceive such contextual information
These differences affect our perception of interface designs and other
visualizations, yet two substantial questions remain: (1) How can we
provide visual designs that are equally usable by everyone? (2) How can
create personalized designs that cater to an individual’s perceptual
abilities and preferences?


This workshop is aimed at defining common ground between the different
strands of visual perception research in order to promote synergy and a
shared understanding of how people perceive today’s designs, and how
perception might differ. To accomplish this, we will begin the process
combining the broad range of visual perception knowledge to create a
holistic approach to understanding users’ visual perception. The
combined pool of knowledge will be used to provide design guidelines
generating interfaces better suited to the individual visual perception
abilities of the users.


Some of the areas that workshop participants may have experience with
include the following:

Factors that influence the visual perception of designs:
– Visual impairments and its effect on design
– Situational impairments (e.g., lighting conditions)
– Influences of cultural exposure on perception
– Elderly users and the effect of age on perception

Effects of these factors on HCI:
– Aesthetic preferences as a decisive factor for user engagement
– Visual cues that lead to more trust
– Usability issues arising because of visual perception difficulties

Adapting to perception abilities and visual preferences:
– Measuring and modeling perception abilities
– Automatic adaptation of designs to perception abilities and/or visual

We invite technical contributions and position papers from anyone
interested in how people differ in their perception of designs.
Technical contributions should focus on the influence of one or more
factors of visual perception, such as age, culture, gender,
impairments, or
other influences that change how humans perceive design.
Position papers should focus on a discussion of possible interactions
between different factors, and how user interfaces can cater for users’
holistic visual perception. We also invite designers to show examples
their work and discuss where knowledge and improvement is needed.

Papers should be 2-4 pages in length and submitted in the CHI extended
abstracts format (
Please submit papers to The deadline is
January 11, 6pm EST.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by the programming and organizing
(see below) in order to select up to 20 participants according to
relevance, quality of results, research diversity, and likelihood for
stimulating and contributing to the discussion. If accepted, at least
author must register for the workshop and for one or more days of the

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