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CHI 2013: UrbanIxD special interest group meeting


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

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CHI 2013: UrbanIxD special interest group meeting

  1. 1. Welcome to the UrbanIxD SIG :: DesigningHuman Interactions in the Networked CityCHI2013 ParisMichael SmythCentre for Interaction DesignEdinburgh Napier University, UK@michael_smyth
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Background to the field ofUrban Interaction DesignUN Habitat report on populations moving tocities - just over 50% of the worldspopulation now live in cities.
  5. 5. In Europe the figure is over 70%Europe is a dense continent and the majorlived experience of people in Europe is anurban one
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. The future is already here – its just not evenlydistributed.William Gibson, The Economist, 2003 
  9. 9. The city is a mesh of heterogenous networks.Not just official governmental, institutionaland commercial levels but also as a mesh ofhybrid human networks.
  10. 10. The vision of Ubicomp is one of seamlessinterfaces, connecting into invisible,distributed, pervasive and ubiquitouscomputing
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. We are running a Summer School in Split,Croatia in August, 2013.
  17. 17. 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?