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Introductory presentation from the UrbanIxD special interest group meeting a the ACM CHI 2013 conference in Paris, April 2013.

Introductory presentation from the UrbanIxD special interest group meeting a the ACM CHI 2013 conference in Paris, April 2013.



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  • Welcome to the UrbanIxD SIG :: DesigningHuman Interactions in the Networked CityCHI2013 ParisMichael SmythCentre for Interaction DesignEdinburgh Napier University, UK@michael_smyth
  • The UrbanIxD project particularly concernsthe Research of, and Design for, the point ofcontact between people and urbantechnologies.We are building a network of researchersworking on urban technologies from thehuman perspective.We have partners in UK, Italy, Denmark,Croatia
  • What is this Special Interest Group all about?To raise interest in the emergent topic ofUrban Interaction Design.To provide a forum for interested researchersto explore key research themes and trends.To build a community of practice, exchangeideas and to identify possible collaborators.To plan for the future ... as the future is now.
  • Background to the field ofUrban Interaction DesignUN Habitat report on populations moving tocities - just over 50% of the worldspopulation now live in cities.
  • In Europe the figure is over 70%Europe is a dense continent and the majorlived experience of people in Europe is anurban one
  • Europe is the region with the highestInternet penetration rate in the world (75%),followed by the Americas (61%).In 2011, more than 70% of European householdshad access to the Internet at home.
  • But this is an average - The regional differences inInternet access within the EU were large, from26% of some areas of Bulgaria, to 95% ormore in areas of the Netherlands.
  • The future is already here – its just not evenlydistributed.William Gibson, The Economist, 2003 
  • The city is a mesh of heterogenous networks.Not just official governmental, institutionaland commercial levels but also as a mesh ofhybrid human networks.
  • The vision of Ubicomp is one of seamlessinterfaces, connecting into invisible,distributed, pervasive and ubiquitouscomputing
  • In 2011 there were 741 million mobilephone subscriptions in Europe. Thats 1.2SIM cards per person. The average age of first phone ownership is7 years old.
  • Interactions create data, often personaldata relating to individuals, and if ourinteractions are "seamless" this raises seriousquestions around the visibility of whathappens to that data. Issues of trust, privacy,ownership and control.
  • Smart Cities projects tend to take a BigPicture view of systems, consideringtechnology from an infrastructuralperspective - the birds eye view.The UrbanIxD project is looking at this domainfrom the ground up. From the view of thecitizen connecting and interfacing with thesetechnology layers.
  • Urban informatics is the study, design, andpractice of urban experiences across differenturban contexts that are created by newopportunities of real-time, ubiquitous technologyand the augmentation that mediates the physicaland digital layers of people networks and urbaninfrastructures. Foth, Choi, & Satchell, 2011
  • The UrbanIxD project is working towards theproduction of a research manifesto of futureresearch directions.We will do this by producing an Exhibition,using Critical design as a methodology topresent some "what if" scenarios. To act as a catalyst for debate, and provokereactions to how this domain could or shoulddevelop.
  • We are running a Summer School in Split,Croatia in August, 2013.
  • Questions for the GroupsHow will digital technologies change theurban environment in the next 10 years?What will be the challenges for InteractionDesign/HCI?What should this community do next?