IT@Home: Unraveling Complexities of Networked Devices in the Home

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My position paper has been accepted for a second Workshop at CHI: IT@Home: Unraveling Complexities of Networked Devices in the Home .
I will present the interaction design side of my research on end-user networking and the issues and opportunities with multiple channels to access information.

CHI 2006 - Montreal

  • How can we move from a device (or connectivity) centered approach (for ex: using a mobile phone, TV or Wi-Fi ) to a activity centered approach (watching a video, accessing securly a bank statement)?
  • How can we help turn network connectivity consumers into producers (similarly to what has been done in digital media for example)?
  • How can we help users have an optimal unified experience despite technologies like DRM, network neutrality,….
  • How do we design networking technologies to better account for information asymmetry or bounded rationality..

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CHI Workshop on Public Policy

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My position paper “Public policy impact on interaction design in networked environments” has been accepted for the workshop organized by the SIGCHI US Public Policy Committee (SIGCHI is the Computer- Human Interaction special interest group (SIGCHI) of the ACM). I need to make some changes to the paper but it basically talks about the possible changes on the Internet infrastructure that could affect the end user experience.

CHI 2006 - MontrealSome of the topics worth discussing:

  • Network neutrality (see previous post)
  • How network neutrality (or the lack of it) would impact user experience with his activities online
  • the opportunity to give more information about the network connection and more control to the user
  • Do we need new laws and what should these laws say?

Workshop at CHI: IT@Home: Unraveling Complexities of Networked Devices in the Home

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A workshop at CHI 2006 in Montreal that matches my research topics. Submission deadline of position papers has been extended to Jan 16th.

IT@Home: Unraveling Complexities of Networked Devices in the Home
CHI 2006 Workshop

Call for Participation

The home is becoming a complex and hard to manage collection of
computers and digital lifestyle devices. The work to setup and
maintain a network of digital living devices in the home is similar
to the work of IT professionals. Indeed the growing complexity of
interconnected digital devices results in more and more time spent
solving problems with those devices and their configurations, an
important part of computer use that we call “IT@Home”. The workshop
will be structured to consider four areas of focus:

  • Perspectives – How should we consider IT@Home? What theories
    apply to IT@Home?
  • Problem Framing – What are critical problems in IT@Home?
  • Empirical Study – Case studies and examples of effectively
    studying home IT.
  • Design – What are some critical design issues for IT@Home?

Contributions to these conceptual areas that are illustrated through
data and case studies will be valued by researchers, designers,
product teams and market analysts through the coming years.

Individuals interested in participating in this full-day workshop
should submit a position paper on IT@Home that addresses one of the
four areas listed above. Position papers should be limited to 4
pages. Submissions in PDF or Word should be sent to David McDonald
dwmc at u.washington.edu by Monday, January 16, 2006. Notifications of
acceptance to the workshop will be made in early February 2006.

For more information on the workshop please visit:
IT@Home: Unraveling Complexities of Networked Devices in the Home
CHI 2006 Workshop