Upcoming Events

This page lists upcoming events relevant to the study of technology in the home. Please email us any relevant events to add at studyingthehome@gmail.com

HomeSys 2014

Workshop at ACM UbiComp 2014

September 13th 2014, Seattle, Washington, USA

Submission Deadline: 23rd May 2014

HomeSys 2014 will provide an inspiring and constructive venue for researchers whose work focuses on technology in domestic settings. The workshop will combine presentations with panel and small group discussions, in order to reflect upon, and further develop, the agenda of research around home-based technologies. Building on four previous successful workshops, HomeSys 2014 invites researchers across disciplines, and from industry or academia, to discuss areas including new technical advancements, forms of data capture or analysis, novel designs and design methods, user-centred studies and ethnographies. The scope and complexity of technology in our homes is growing rapidly, and evolving in unexpected ways. We welcome work that highlights the diversity in the characteristics of homes, and submissions connected to societal issues such as food, energy, or waste in the home. Our themes for 2014 are Building, Bodies and Boundaries.

Website: http://homesys.wp.horizon.ac.uk


Tim Coughlan & Richard Mortier (School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham)

Val Mitchell (Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University)

Rob Comber & Thomas Ploetz (Culture Lab, Newcastle University)


Designing with Users for Domestic Environments: Methods, Challenges, Lessons Learned
Workshop at ECSCW 2013
Paphos, Cyprus, 22 September 2013

Submission Deadline: 28 June 2013


The workshop wishes to identify a variety of practical challenges of applied methods, collaboration with users and lessons learned from long-term user involvement for ICT design in different domestic contexts. Best practices should be discussed and a roadmap for sustainable relationships for design with users developed.

Position papers (4-8 pages, 2000-4000 words) and short information on the background of the authors should be submitted to the workshop organizers (using the designated email address provided below), no later than 28 June 2013.
Submissions should use the ECSCW template (https://ecscw2013.cs.ucy.ac.cy/templates.zip) and be sent as PDF file to: designingwithusers@gmail.com

HomeSys 2013 – A UbiComp 2013 Workshop

HomeSys 2013 will be an inspiring, interactive, cross-disciplinary workshop for anyone conducting research into technology in homes.

This includes anyone…
building novel systems, applications, or devices for the home
studying existing or novel technology use in domestic settings
with an interest in the intersection between technology and the home.
Attendance at the workshop will not be limited, anyone may register and attend. To ensure an interactive and enjoyable exchange of ideas during the workshop, we have 4 optional contribution types:
Visionary Presentations
Reflective Presentations


Workshop on Green food technology: Ubicomp opportunities for reducing the environmental impacts of food

Zurich, Switzerland. September 9.

In conjunction with Ubicomp 2013, the 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing.

Environmentally sustainable food presents interesting challenges for Ubicomp, given both the complexity of food impacts (direct and embodied emissions spread across production, distribution, consumption, and waste), and of everyday food practices with e.g. social, cultural, economic and practical influences. This one-day workshop aims to develop understandings of existing practices and their impacts, and reflect on how food can profit from novel Ubicomp technology and interaction designs.

Please direct queries and submissions to Adrian Clear (a.clear@lancaster.ac.uk). Further information is available on our website (http://www.scc.lancs.ac.uk/greenfoodtechworkshop/). At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop.


Submission: 31 May 2013
Notification of acceptance: 14 June 2013
Camera-ready deadline: 21 June 2013
Workshop: 9 September 2013