The following email was sent on the 15th February 2019 to those who expressed interest in the Halfway to the Furture symposium.
Thank you for expressing your interest in the Halfway to the Future symposium, due to take place on the 19th and 20th November 2019 in Nottingham, UK. I'm delighted to say the committee have been working hard behind the scenes, and we are now ready to send out further details.
Additionally, we have launched our website, www.halfwaytothefuture.org, and our Twitter account, @httfsymposium. I will, of course, also keep you in the loop with periodic updates on the symposium. We are also now able to confirm the venue — the fabulous Albert Hall Conference Centre in the centre of Nottingham. Finally, the Programme Chairs have put together the Call for Papers, which I have pasted below. We look forward to your submissions to the symposium!
Best wishes, Martin Porcheron (Communications Chair) on behalf of the organising committee (Joel Fischer, Sarah Martindale, Martin Porcheron, Stuart Reeves, Jocelyn Spence)
The Halfway to the Future symposium explores the past, present, and future of themes driving key research in HCI and design. Each theme will be addressed by a dedicated panel anchored by a confirmed keynote speaker discussing one of their influential papers in light of subsequent developments:
- Ubiquitous Computing – YVONNE ROGERS (UCL) – "Moving on from Weiser's vision of calm computing"
- Mixed Reality – STEVE BENFORD (University of Nottingham) – "Orchestrating a mixed reality performance"
- Artificial Intelligence, Humans & Machines – LUCY SUCHMAN (Lancaster University) and ALEX TAYLOR (City, University of London) – "Human-Machine Reconfigurations: Plans and Situated Actions"
- Arts & Design-Led Approaches – BILL GAVER (Goldsmiths, University of London) – "Ambiguity as a resource for design"
- Public & Private Spaces – CHRISTIAN HEATH (Kings College London) – "Collaboration and control: Crisis management and multimedia technology in London Underground Line Control Rooms"
- New Approaches to Research & Design – SUSANNE BØDKER (Aarhus University) – "When second wave HCI meets third wave challenges"
The keynotes will be followed by presentations, drawn from submitted papers, of current related work and short future-oriented provocations, followed by a panel discussion/Q&A seeking to shape the agenda of that research area in the years to come. The event will also incorporate an exhibition of interactive works and a poster session.
We invite papers of up to 6,000 words (not including references, format TBC) addressing current work relating to the themes above, especially those building on or responding to the influential works to be discussed. We also invite short papers of up to 2,000 words (not including references) looking towards the future of these themes. Papers can take the form of projected projects, design fictions, manifestos, or anything that fires your imagination. Accepted papers not chosen for panels will be invited to be presented in poster format. We will publish an edited volume of panel papers and an online adjunct proceedings of papers selected for poster presentation.
Please register your interest in submitting to and/or attending this symposium in order to receive updates (bit.ly/httf2019eoi). Further information about the symposium and a link to the submission form can be found at www.halfwaytothefuture.org. Halfway to the Future is co-organised by the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, as part of celebrations of its 20-year anniversary. Keynote speakers and respective panel themes have been chosen for their formative and ongoing influence on the lab’s work across two decades.
Submission deadline: Friday 21st June
Notification: Friday 26th July
Deadline for confirmation of attendance (for panellists): Friday 23rd August
Early bird registration closes: Friday 13th September
Registration closes: Friday 11th October
Event dates: Tuesday 19th – Wednesday 20th November 2019
Joel Fischer and Jocelyn Spence, Programme Chairs
Programme Committee, TBC