Call for Paper

Nowadays the number of sold smart phones as well as the number of features of those devices is steadily increasing. Mobile applications are one of the major driving factors, as they can easily be distributed through dedicated mobile application distribution platforms, e.g. Apple's App Store, Google's Android Market. Additionally many smart phones have a lot of sensors integrated, which makes them more and more aware of the situation a user is in.

At the same time the usage of mobile devices is rapidly becoming an integrated part of everyday life. This means that in order to understand the user experience and the usability of a product it is in general not enough to perform studies in the laboratory. Instead the mobile context needs to be taken into account explicitly, and one needs to be able to study users and usage "in the wild". The challenge of understanding a mobile user experience is a rapidly evolving field, and it is the purpose of this workshop to bring together people from industry and academia in order to exchange methods and experiences related to understanding the mobile user and the mobile usage.

In this workshop we want to discuss the most important factors, parameters, and research questions about how to study and involve users in a truly mobile setting. The goal of the workshop is to provide an overview of available methods and techniques, but also to produce a set of guidelines for studying and interacting with users in a mobile setting. The workshop will focus on the process and methodologies and will not go into deeper technical details (e.g. algorithms for activity recognition).

The workshop will combine technical presentations with the presentation of prototypes and focused discussions to drive interaction between participants. Position papers (2-4 pages) and industrial case studies (1-2 pages) should be formatted using the NordiCHI proceedings format. Please Email the final PDF to Benjamin Poppinga. The proceedings will be available online and as a printed proceedings volume. At least one author of accepted papers needs to register for the workshop. The complete Call for Papers is available here.


Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:
  • Observing and interacting with a user on the move
  • Unsupervised data gathering
  • The mobile device as a platform for user studies
  • Specific situations and key parameters
  • Mixed methods in a mobile setting
  • Ethical considerations
  • Safety and security of study participants

Workshop Format

The workshop will feature presentations of research results, ongoing work, ideas, concepts, and critical questions related to observing mobile users in the wild. Every presentation will be followed by a corresponding discussion and we invite the presenters to show their demonstrators in a dedicated demo session.