WS9: Making Places: Visualization, Interaction and Experience in Urban Space

Michael Smyth, Edinburgh Napier University; Paula Trigueiros, FEUP; Ingi Helgason, Edinburgh Napier University; António Coelho, FEUP / INESC TEC; Sarah Gallacher, University College London; Alison Burrows, SPHERE IRC; Filipa Wunderlich, University College London; Rui Penha, FEUP
26 October 2014, Helsinki, Finland
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Workshop in short

“Cities are exciting” [8]. People are drawn to urban areas because of the choices that cities offer. Large-scale sensor networks and pervasive computing technologies are transforming city environments as they become augmented with increasingly powerful, networked technologies and media. [4] This raises the question of how these technologies can play a part in improving the use of the spaces in urban environment and, critically, what roles information visualization and interaction design have in this endeavor. [7] In the context of so-called future or smart cities, visualizations are especially relevant as they are the tangible outcomes of these systems, while interaction design is the enabler for citizens to engage with this urban data.

Emerging technologies are providing new ways of experiencing information in urban space and, consequently, creating a fertile area for cross-disciplinary research, bringing together computer sciences, social sciences, arts and music, among others (see for example [1], [2], [3], [5] and [6]). But it is through human activities, that urban spaces become “places”. How people experience and conceptualise “place” is formed by the scope and range of what happens in that space and those that inhabit it.

This is an interdisciplinary workshop encouraging dialogue between researchers, technologists and design practitioners who are interested in forming continuing collaborative links. We invite position papers (2-6 pages) in Alt Chi format, from a range of areas as HCI, computer and social sciences, music, and arts. Papers will be peer-viewed by at least two members of an international programme committee.


[1] Koeman, L., Kalnikaite, V., Rogers, Y., Bird, J. What chalk and tape can tell us: Lessons learnt for next generation urban displays. ACM PerDis’14 (2014).

[2] Kuznetsov, S., Davis, G.N., Paulos, E., Gross, M.D. and Cheung, J.C. Red balloon, green balloon, sensors in the sky. ACM UbiComp’11 (2011), 237–246.

[3] Lin, J-S and Li, P-Y. TEDDI-Sensor Data Visualisation. Project, Newcastle University (2013). Retrieved 5 May 2014, from

[4] Patel, M. Sotsky, J. Gourley, S. Houghton, D. The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field, The Knight Foundation, 2013

[5] Seah, S.A., Plasencia, D.M., Bennett, P., Karnik, A., Otrocol, V.S., Knibbe, J., Cockburn, A. and Subramaniam, S. Sensa-Bubble: A chrono-sensory mid-air display of sight and smell. ACM CHI’14 (2014), 2863–2872.

[6] Trigueiros, P. and Santelmo, N. Playground – fun with noise. Music and Architecture (2012). Retrieved from

[7] UrbanIxD: Designing Human Interactions in the Networked City, FP7 project

[8] Zuckerman, E. Desperately Seeking Serendipity. Closing keynote presented at CHI 2011, Vancouver (2011).

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