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VOLUME XXIII.6 November-December 2016

    • Integration

      Ron Wakkary, Erik Stolterman

      A young discipline like HCI seems to constantly engage in self-reflection. Who are we? What distinguishes us from other disciplines? What is the core of the field? Our field has kept its name, Human-Computer Interaction, for quite some time despite all the changes it has gone through—new technology, new…

  • Demo Hour
    • Demo hour

      Doenja Oogjes, Miguel Alonso, Ron Wakkary, Joanne Lo, Doris Lee, Nathan Wong, David Bui, Eric Paulos, Cally Gatehouse, Alyssa DiSalvo, Leila Watson, Zishan Yu, Peter Worthy, Jason Weigel, Stephen Viller, Ben Matthews

      For this Demo Hour, we present projects from three tracks at DIS 2016, held June 4–8 at QUT in Brisbane, Australia. The Provocations and Works-in-Progress (PWiP) track showcases novel, in-progress, and thought-provoking research. Featured projects: Lyssna and Minimize The Demos track invites interface and system demonstrations, novel gadgets, techno-craft,…

  • What are you reading?
    • What are you reading?

      Wendy Ju

      What are you reading?

      The Peripheral By William Gibson (2014) I love reading William Gibson novels, but I can't tear through them quickly, like I do regular fiction. Gibson's novels draw a rich and complicated picture of how life might be in the dark cyberpunk future, a future dense with cybernetic implants, shadowy…

  • Blog@IX
    • Violent groups, social psychology, and computing

      Juan Hourcade

      Violent groups, social psychology, and computing

      About two years ago, I participated in the first Build Peace conference [1], a meeting of practitioners and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds with a common interest in using technologies to promote peace around the world. During one session, the presenter asked members of the audience to…

  • How was it made?
    • IrukaTact

      Aisen Chacin, Takeshi Oozu


      Describe what you made. IrukaTact is a submersible haptic search glove that assists in the location of sunken objects. It is inspired by dolphin (iruka in Japanese) echolocation. The system detects the topography of flooded areas with a sonar sensor that sends haptic signals to the wearer's fingertips. These…

  • Departments
    • Feedback

      INTR Staff


      Affordances: Bringing Them Out of the Woods By Leonardo Burlamaqui and Andy Dong July–August 2016 DOI: 10.1145/2934292 I find it amusing—but also distressing—to read the imaginative things that people claim I have said, thought, or believed. So, authors Leonardo Burlamaqui and Andy Dong as well as the editors and…

    • Community calendar

      INTR Staff

      Community calendar

      November VRST 2016 - ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (Munich, Germany) Conference Dates: November 2–5, 2016 ISS 2016 - ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (Niagara Falls, Canada) Conference Dates: November 6–9, 2016 IoT 2016 - 6th International Conference on the Internet…

  • Columns
    • In the long tail: An animistic view on conversational interfaces

      Sorin Pintilie

      In the long tail: An animistic view on conversational interfaces

      A bot is a robot without a body, intelligence divorced of physical form. And, Cartesian innuendos aside, the only things we know to fit that description are spirits. That's why it's so hard to talk about them. The meaning of the word simply won't stay still. A bot is…

    • Let’s get a grip on virtual reality!

      Uday Gajendar

      Let’s get a grip on virtual reality!

      Quick: How do you interrupt someone plugged into virtual reality (VR)? I was faced with this peculiar issue when meeting with a colleague working on VR. Ambling over to his desk amid an open-air setup of cubes and pods, I noticed right away that he was fully plugged in.…

  • Special topic
    • Introduction

      Bonnie Nardi, Bill Tomlinson, Donald Patterson


      Sustainable HCI Education Over the past several years, there has been a movement afoot within the academic community to develop new ways to teach sustainable HCI. These efforts have taken a step away from incremental or individualistic forms of sustainability, which focus on issues such as efficiency, persuasive technologies,…

    • At odds with a worldview—Teaching limits at a technical university

      Daniel Pargman, Elina Eriksson

      At odds with a worldview—Teaching limits at a technical university

      This article takes as its starting point the staggering challenges humanity is now facing and will continue to face during the remainder of the 21st century. During the past century, our civilization has experienced an explosion in ingenuity, knowledge, and creativity, but it has also shaped the world in…

  • Day in the Lab
    • University of Jyväskylä

      Rebekah Rousi, Tuomo Kujala, Johanna Silvennoinen, Laura Mononen, Naomi Woods, Hilkka Grahn, Piia Perälä

      How do you describe your lab to visitors? At the User Psychology Lab, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, our main focus is on human-technology interactions. Visitors can expect to see people interacting with any number of weird and wonderful designs, from in-vehicle displays to glassware and frying pans. Although this…

  • Forums
    • Deconstructing human-building interaction

      Hamed Alavi, Elizabeth Churchill, Dave Kirk, Julien Nembrini, Denis Lalanne

      Deconstructing human-building interaction

      Interaction design, and HCI more broadly, has a history of entwinement with reflections and concepts from architecture and urban design. At least seven encounters are notable: in the area of ubiquitous computing, where digital artifacts are physically embodied and situated within the environment; in the notion of cooperative buildings,…

    • Keeping progress on the long and winding road

      Evan Barba

      Keeping progress on the long and winding road

      Lately I've been having a lot of conversations about the Singularity [1]. The last time the Vinge/Kurzweil idea was a hot topic of discussion among my students, about four years ago, the prevailing mood was one of deep skepticism. This time around, though, it's a very different story. The…

    • Citizen interaction design: Teaching HCI through service

      Cliff Lampe

      Citizen interaction design: Teaching HCI through service

      An important aspect of HCI education is training professional master's students in HCI techniques, including those central to user experience design (UXD) and interaction design (IxD). In the classroom we can teach about affinity diagrams and user stories and wireframes and more, but students oriented toward HCI as a…

    • A conceptual framework for the analysis and visualization of Uruguayan internet for education

      Cristóbal Cobo, Matías Mateu

      A conceptual framework for the analysis and visualization of Uruguayan internet for education

      Uruguay, a country of 3.4 million people, has a per capita GDP of 21,200 USD [1]. In the past decade, the Uruguayan government has made significant investments in its digital inclusion strategy. Plan Ceibal became the first nationwide ubiquitous educational computer program in the world based on the 1:1…

    • Design without a future

      Jentery Sayers

      Design without a future

      In the lab I direct, we prototype technologies that no longer exist or no longer function. Within the field of comparative media studies, this approach is somewhat atypical, mostly because historians and theorists usually treat media as objects of study, not materials for inquiry. Each of our prototypes corresponds…

  • Community square
    • Evangelizing HCI research and practice in Brazil

      Elizabeth Furtado, Tayana Conte, Simone Barbosa, Paulo Melo, Cristiano Maciel, Cleidson de Souza, Tuomo Kujala

      Evangelizing HCI research and practice in Brazil

      Since 2012, the Brazilian HCI community has been discussing its main challenges for the next decade [1]. One such challenge is to promote collaboration among educators, institutions, and practitioners to improve HCI education in Brazil. The rationale is that when HCI education is aligned with industry needs, HCI professionals…

  • Features
    • Teaching global disruption and information technology online

      Bill Tomlinson, Donald Patterson, Bonnie Nardi

      Teaching global disruption and information technology online

      Computer science has always dealt with limits. Developing effective algorithms that compensate for limited memory, limited computational power, and limited bandwidth are central to the discipline. Over time technology has gradually raised these limits (e.g., Moore's Law) to such a degree that computing now competes for large-scale access to…

    • Computing education for sustainability—What gives me hope?

      Samuel Mann

      Computing education for sustainability—What gives me hope?

      After more than 20 years in computing, I doubted our field's desire or ability to drive change. So I changed direction. Formerly a professor in IT, I am now a professor of sustainable practice in a post-discipline department specializing in professional practice. My work centers around the notion of…

    • Taking action on distraction

      Michael Biskjaer, Peter Dalsgaard, Kim Halskov

      Taking action on distraction

      Find a spartan room with a clear desk. Wear a pair of earplugs and over them noise-canceling, pink-noise-emitting headphones. Use a modified computer with no card for computer games and with the Ethernet port sealed to block Internet access. Now draw the curtains—and put on a blindfold. Then you…

    • Rethinking our interactions with light

      Andrés Lucero, Jon Mason, Alexander Wiethoff, Bernt Meerbeek, Henrika Pihlajaniemi, Dzmitry Aliakseyeu

      Rethinking our interactions with light

      We human beings have come a long way since our prehistoric ancestors gathered around a fire some 1.5 million years ago for company, protection, cooking, and warmth. Besides all its wonderful newfound benefits, fire also offered the first means to extend the day into the nighttime hours by providing…

  • Cover story
    • Human-computer integration

      Umer Farooq, Jonathan Grudin

      The era of human-computer interaction is giving way to the era of human-computer integration—integration in the broad sense of a partnership or symbiotic relationship in which humans and software act with autonomy, giving rise to patterns of behavior that must be considered holistically. Cyborgs or brain-computer interfaces may come…

  • Visual thinking gallery
    • Interaction at the tip of your toes

      Eli Blevis

      Interaction at the tip of your toes

      Contributor: Rojin Vishkaie Curator/Editor: Eli Blevis Genre: Reuse, adaptation, sustainability, fashion, repurposed wearables, interactivity, maker culture Old running shoes inspire material reuse as lighting design. ©2016 ACM1072-5520/16/11$15.00 Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this work for personal or classroom use is granted…