Research carried out by the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has resulted in contributions to this year's ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2023). CHI is the flagship conference of ACM SIGCHI, the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in technology and human-computer interaction. Below we highlight the work we will present (2 Late-breaking Works, 1 Special-Interest Group (SIG), and 1 workshop position paper), and make an announcement regarding CHI Nederland (CHI NL).
We maintain our position within CHI NL, where CWI research scientist Abdallah El Ali is on the executive board since CHI NL was reinstated in 2020. CHI NL is an organization that aims at connecting, supporting, and representing the Human-Computer Interaction community in the Netherlands. CHI NL organized last year a Dutch Post-CHI 2022 event at CWI, and an industry-focused event Experience and Beyond 2022, and will be organizing a large-scale social event in Hamburg as part of the CHI conference and Post-CHI 2023 in June.
For the first time, the National conference on ICT (ICT.Open 2023) includes a track on HCI (CHI NL – Human Factors in Computing Systems), which received incredible interest (with around 60 submissions). The track, on April 20th, has 12 oral presentations, 16 posters, and 4 demos. Moreover, there will be a special CHI NL community meeting on the 19th in Utrecht, open to everyone (registration: https://forms.gle/nXEdwjmmLDywkeVs7). The track is co-chaired by Alessandro Bozzon (TU Delft) and Pablo Cesar (CWI), and co-organized by Abdallah El Ali (CWI), Katja Rogers (UvA), Minha Lee (TU Eindhoven), and Ujwal Gadiraju (TU Delft).
List of CHI 2023 works by DIS
● Late-Breaking Work: Simone Ooms, Minha Lee, Pablo Cesar, and Abdallah El Ali (2023). FeelTheNews: Augmenting Affective Perceptions of News Videos with Thermal and Vibrotactile Stimulation. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI ’23 Extended Abstracts), April 23-28, 2023, Hamburg, Germany. ACM, New York, NY, USA.
● Late-Breaking Work: Abdallah El Ali, Ekaterina R. Stepanova, Shalvi Palande, Angelika Mader, Pablo Cesar, and Kaspar Jansen (2023). BreatheWithMe: Exploring Visual and Vibrotactile Displays for Social Breath Awareness during Colocated, Collaborative Tasks. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI ’23 Extended Abstracts), April 23-28, 2023, Hamburg, Germany. ACM, New York, NY, USA.
● Special Interest Group: Alberta A. Ansah, Adriana S. Vivacqua, A., Sailin Zhong, Susanne Boll, Marios Constantinides, Himanshu Verma, Abdallah El Ali, Alina Lushnikova, Hamed Alavi, Sean Rintel, Andrew Kun, Orit Shaer, Anna Cox, Katherin Gerling, Michael Muller, Vit Rusňák, Leticia S. Machado, Thomas Kosch, CHIWORK Collective, SIGCHI Executive Committee (2023). Reflecting on Hybrid Events: Learnings from a Year of Hybrid Experiences. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI ’23 Extended Abstracts), April 23-28, 2023, Hamburg, Germany. ACM, New York, NY, USA.
● Workshop Position Paper: Ekaterina R. Stepanova, John Desnoyers-Stewart, Bernhard Riecke, Gijs Huisman, and Abdallah El Ali (2023). Human Bodies as Interaction Materials for Somatic, Social, and Multisensory Virtual Reality Experiences. Workshop position paper. To be presented at CHI 2023 Workshops “Body x Materials”.
CWI’s DIS research group focuses on facilitating and improving the way people use interactive systems and how people communicate with each other. We combine data science with a strong human-centric, empirical approach to understand the experience of users. This enables us to design and develop next generation intelligent and empathic systems. We base our results on realistic testing grounds and data sets, and embrace areas such as ubiquitous computing, human-centered multimedia systems, and languages. Group leader Pablo Cesar won the Dutch prize for ICT research in 2020 and is also a professor of Human-Centered Multimedia at TU Delft.