Tangible interfaces in perspective
Lars Erik Holmquist
[ 2003-08-20: We have added a
new category of submissions:
Design Sketches ]
Physical interfaces to digital information have been the
subject of much research in the
last decade. Many novel approaches have been introduced during this time,
under names such as graspable interfaces,
tangible interfaces, physical interfaces, and
embodied interaction. By moving interaction from the virtuality of the screen into the
physicality of the real world, the design space is significantly extended,
and richer forms of interaction. However, at present we are likely only
at the beginning
of understanding the implications of establishing a direct physical link
information and human users. With this special issue,
we would like to place this body of
work in perspective,
while simultaneously presenting some of the area's most recent findings.
Although many compelling examples have been produced
illustrating the use of tangible
interfaces across different domains, these are
usually seen in isolation rather than as part
of a larger whole. To move forward, we would like to see a deepening of the
a more thorough analysis of the field. Among other possibilities, this may be
through accounts of user studies or real-world deployment of
tangible user interfaces; or
through the development of new theories and
frameworks for the new styles of interaction
and applications that can be realized.
For this special issue, we hope to attract submissions both
of a reflective nature, which
look at the accumulated work in the area with the benefit of hindsight; and
that document the new and exciting developments that are currently unfolding.
we seek three types of submissions:
should use the
accumulated work of a specific group, institution, or
as the basis for a
discussion that can encompass historical accounts, lessons
theories and generalizations. The content can be based on previously
material, but should expand upon it in such a way that new insights are gained.
should present new systems, evaluations, methods or concepts in the field
of physical user interfaces. This should consist of novel work that has not
published in archival format.
give the opportunity to present new and ongoing
work in a visual format.
They should concentrate on illustrations
(5-10 images) with short explanatory texts, to
communicate the essence
of an innovative system or interface. A self-contained abstract --
not longer than one A4 page -- should also be included. We particularly
and art-oriented submissions, as well as innovative work
that may not yet be sufficiently
for a full paper submisson.
We are also open to other types of submissions, including
those that debate or challenge
Further information regarding formatting, content, and
submission procedures is available at:
controversial issues in the area.
The deadline for receiving submissions is
November 1, 2003. All contributions
will be peer reviewed to the journal's usual standard.
In addition to the print journal, papers will be published electronically
via both the ACM
and Springer digital libraries.
potential authors to contact the editors well before the final deadline.
Draft submissions are welcome if authors seek early feedback. For further information
or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the special issue
editors, Lars Erik
Holmquist, Albrecht Schmidt, and Brygg Ullmer.
The following papers are recommended as a starting point:
- November 1, 2003:
Paper submission deadline
- February 1, 2004:
Notification for authors
- March 1, 2004: Revised versions due
Ullmer, B., and Ishii, H. (2001). Emerging Frameworks for Tangible User
In Human-Computer Interaction in the New Millennium ,
John M. Carroll, ed., pp. 579-601.
Schmidt, A., and Van Laerhoven, K. (2001). How to Build Smart Appliances?
IEEE Personal Communications 8(4), August 2001. pp. 66-71.
Available from: http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~albrecht/pubs/
Holmquist, L., Redström, J., and Ljungstrand, P. (1999).
Token-Based Access to Digital Information.
In Proceedings of Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing (HUC) 1999,