Call for Papers – Special Issue of Interacting with Computers on
Studying Technology in the Home
Technology is integrating with our home lives in ever changing ways,
from smart TVs, home networks, and the pervasive use of laptops and
mobile devices, to home automation, energy monitoring and an Internet of
Things. The significance of the home as a space for technology leads to
a continual need to conduct studies around the home to build
However researchers have to be conscious of the unique characteristics
of homes, which place particular requirements on conducting research.
There are also innovations that could radically alter how we conduct
research in the home. These range from new approaches to design and
ethnography, to new kinds of embedded sensors, recording technologies
and analysis techniques. In many cases, research in the home
necessitates interdisciplinary collaborations.
For this special issue, we invite contributions that make a strong
methodological contribution to our understanding of research about home
environments. Papers could, for example:
-Analyse an innovative case study of research in the home
-Describe and evaluate a novel approach to data collection and analysis
-Explore an approach to cross-disciplinary interactions in a project
related to the home
-Develop a theory or framework to conceptualise the nature of, or use
of, technology in the home
Topics of interest include:
-Ethnographic or observational studies in homes, including dormitories
and shared buildings.
-Connections between technologies and relationships in the home.
-The home as a private or semi-private space, how intrusion or
researcher effects can be understood or minimised.
-Approaches to exploring designing for the home through narratives,
e.g. scenarios or user enactments.
-Prototype design and evaluation studies using field trials in homes,
lab studies and smart home demonstrators built for research purposes.
-Living Lab and action research approaches to innovation related to the
-Automated approaches to capturing or analysing quantitative data in
-Application areas such as medical, assistive and e-health
technologies, media and entertainment, smart appliances, smart grids,
behaviour change, technologies for families, children and the elderly,
home automation and others where the home is a key use context.
Papers should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length, and contain
original research that is not currently published, or under
consideration for publication at other venues.
In order to submit a paper for consideration, an expression of interest
should be submitted by 31st of August 2013. This should provide a
summary of the proposed paper in 500 – 700 words. Full paper submissions
will only be invited based on an assessment of this expression of
Please submit your expression of interest to
firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> on or before
the 31st of August 2013. For informal enquires please contact
-Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 31st August 2013
-Feedback on Expressions of Interest : 7th October 2013
-Invited Full paper submissions: 6th December 2013
-Publication expected: Late 2014
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