Imaging the City: Call for Papers
December 15th, 2006 by Tom Johnson

We're not wild about using “image” as a verb, but the conference looks promising and certainly appropriate for those journalists who understand that we have to learn to tell stories with more than just words and pictures.  Yup, “HCI” is where it's at, or where it's going to be at.

Imaging the City:

Call for Participation:

technological developments mark the city as a central and perhaps
special space for human-computer interaction research and practice.
Visions of ubiquitous computing, the resonance of the ‘urban probe’,
and the proliferation of interactive mapping services speak to the
significance of the urban landscape to studies of Human-Computer
Interaction. But such visions and technologies require, produce and
reproduce images of urban space that influence what these systems, and
our interactions with them, are and might be. Developing and employing
technologies for the urban environment requires visualization
techniques that both reflect and challenge how we image, and
consequently imagine, the city.

This one-day workshop will explore the practices and and technologies of imaging the urban environment, bringing together
an interdisciplinary array of designers, HCI experts, urban planners
and technologists to investigate such issues as:
  • How do we represent the city in HCI, and how do these representations inform HCI research and practice?
  • What
    kinds of technological devices, services, and platforms support imaging
    the city now and might be created in the near future?
  • How are and might these new representations of the city and urban imaging technologies be used for social and political ends?
  • What new methods are required for developing technologies that image the city in new ways?
  • What can we learn from the urban experience to design stronger representations and interfaces within HCI research and practice?

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