Being in nature is typically regarded to be calming, relaxing and purifying. When in nature, people often seek to be mobile through physical activity such as hiking. But also, nature provides an opportunity for meditative, mindful or inspiring experiences remote from the urban everyday life. Mobile Technologies such sports tracking technologies, electronic tourist guides, mobile phone integrated cameras and omnipresent social media access, have potential to both enhance and disrupt a user’s interaction with and experience of nature. This MobileHCI workshop follows on from the first successful NatureCHI workshop by focusing on the challenges associated with the design of mobile technologies that support unobtrusive interaction in nature.
The ‘Unobtrusive User Experiences with Technology in Nature’ workshop addresses the overlap of technology usage and experiences with the nature. The ever-growing omnipresence of technology in our everyday life and the idea of nature with pure, meditative or adventurous experiences may create conflicts in values, cultures and user behaviour. On the other hand, technology may be used to share or intensify experiences, or for bringing a piece of nature closer (as well as more accessible).
This workshop focuses on the challenge of designing unobtrusive technology usage and user experiences in nature. We welcome researchers and practitioners working on ethnographic studies, user research, design cases, prototype development and artistic installations related to technology and nature. The one day workshop will include short presentations, exercises outside of the classroom and with design probes, and a demo session.
To apply to the workshop, submit a max. 4 page position or research paper in CHI EA format (references will not count towards page limit), through the Easy Chair submission system NatureCHI Easy Chair. The submissions do not need to be anonymised.
The papers will be reviewed by the workshop organizers and program committee. Accepted papers will be made available at the workshop webpage. Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop. All participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.
The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to the following:
You can have a look at papers of our last workshop here.
The workshop organisers are currently exploring opportunities for a journal special issue that will include extended versions of suitable papers submitted to the workshop.