Saved by Design?

32nd Australian Conference on
Human-Computer Interaction

OzCHI is the annual non-profit conference for the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) and Australia's leading forum for the latest in HCI research and practice. OzCHI attracts a broad international community of researchers, industry practitioners, academics and students. Participants come from a range of backgrounds and include interaction designers, user experience (UX) practitioners, information architects, software engineers, human factors experts, information systems analysts and social scientists.

Saved by Design?

Engagement, Responsibility, Impact

The theme of OzCHI 2020 is a call to reflect on the broader environmental and ethical responsibility of HCI and interaction design. In their relatively young history, these fields have developed critical knowledge about how we design the interactions between people and technology, shaping not only people’s daily experiences but also the form and direction of technological progress. However, we are starting to see a shift towards considering more-than-human centred design approaches (for example promoted by DIS 2020) and to critically assess the ethical implications of technology design (raised for example by Mike Monteiro in his book Ruined by Design). Global, large-scale developments of social and environmental impact, from the refugee crisis to the climate emergency, require us to rethink how we consider and measure the long-term value of our work, as a community of researchers and practitioners but also as a generation that lives during a time of possibly unprecedented change and transformation.

Building on Usman Haque’s framework for Engaging Cities, OzCHI 2020 invites us to reflect on the role of design for engaging meaningfully with communities, responsibly thinking about the impact of our work, and identifying mechanisms for measuring and scaling impact. As in previous years, the conference will accept publications covering all topics relating to HCI and interaction design, however, we are particularly interested in submissions that challenge the status quo of the field and offer new multi-disciplinary perspectives on how HCI and interaction design can reposition themselves to contribute to addressing the complex challenges of our time as we are entering a new decade.

We are also re-envisioning the tracks and calls for participation as we are celebrating the arrival of the year 2020, with a new paper track that incorporates the short paper track used in previous years, making space for a revised late-breaking works track that invites the submission of more experimental and early-stage work. OzCHI 2020 will also include an updated case studies track, featuring the established industry case studies format and a new impact studies format to reflect on the real-world impact of academic research.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sydney for OzCHI 2020!