Participatory Design Landscape at the Frontiers of HCI

Workshop at Interact 2021

We inivite you to join us for an intensive, but light-hearted, full-day exploratory and creative workshop on August 31.

Submissions are open until June 10, 2021, AOE.

Workshop early-bird registration is encouraged by June 11th, 2021.

Theme and Topics

In the workshop we will explore the opportunities related to participatory design of both established and emerging solutions. While multiple studies and workshops discuss the tools and methods of co-design with various users, going from technology towards human factors, we want to explore frontiers for this participatory practice, going from human factors towards technology, to discover opportunities for co-designing cutting-edge solutions.

Therefore we welcome reports of interdisciplinary projects, studies and potential research initiatives at the frontiers of HCI, which use (or would like to benefit from) various participatory approaches. These may incluce co-designing interfaces like Voice Assistants (VA), Virtual (VR), Augmented (AR) and Mixed Reality alongside with major underlying trends like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP) or Complex Event Processing (CEP).

Call for papers

Each participant is asked to prepare a short paper related to the theme of the workshop. The contributions ought to explore challenges and opportunities related to co-design at the frontiers of HCI – participatory design of newest and complex technologies, not easily explainable or intuitive, novel collaborative (remote or distributed) approaches to empowering users to prepare them to contribute as well as to engaging them directly in co-design.

Until the 31st of May we welcome a range of submissions:

– short papers of 2-6 pages, including position papers, on challenges and opportunities of applying co-design at the frontiers of HCI,
– videos or demos/prototypes with an accompanying 1-4 page abstract outlining its context and situating it on the participatory design landscape.

Please use the Springer LNCS template available here for Overleaf and here for Word. Submissions are not anonymous and should be e-mailed to or before the deadline on the 10th of June, 2021 AOE.

Important dates

As the workshop happens at the INTERACT 2021 conference, the date for the workshop is August 31, 2021 – for more details visit the conference website at:

Paper submission deadline: June 10th, 2021 AOE

Notifications: June 11th, 2021

Camera-ready version: July 20, 2021

Expected outcomes

As our key motivation is to explore the opportunities related to participatory design at the frontiers of HCI, while grounding these firmly in established and emerging practices, the most important outcome will be a post-workshop multi-author publication on this topic. Its format will be the result of the types of issues discussed during the workshop, but the idea for it is inspired by Kittur et al. whose paper „The Future of Crowd Work” clearly outlined the aspects, trends and opportunities related to crowdsourcing. We feel the same is needed in the area of participatory design and human factors at the frontiers of HCI, as such design ought to take into account ethics, preferences and motivations, the broad user experience, as well as visual design. Especially now, that more remote tools and approaches are needed to engage users, and novel forms of empowerment ought to emerge to let co-designers really understand the context of the complex co-designed solutions.

Moreover, after the workshop the participants will be invited to prepare extended contributions for a special research topic on Participatory Design, which will be listed in the Human-Media Interaction section of the journal series.

Preliminary workshop schedule

Part 1

Sharing and Ideating: 180 min

1. ice breaking creative activity to share each person’s motivation for partici-pating in the workshop (based on Dixit cards10)

2. presentation of submitted papers with 1-3 questions from the authors to theaudience (up to 3-min presentation and 3-min for answers and brainstorm-ing) while organizers jot down key topics that appear in each presentation

3. quick no-judgment brainstorming session where the participants may addtheir own topics of interest and expertise

4. affinity diagramming the topics to cluster areas of expertise and ”themes”

5. each participant receives 7 stickers in their own unique colour/shape andthey may place on the items that interest them the most

Part 2

Designing and Sharing: 180 min

1. the participants divide into teams based on their common interests and at-tempt to combine at least three of the appearing items into innovative ideas, projects and products

2. the participants draft innovative project proposal ideas which incorporate co-design elements on one of the provided creative templates or in a format of their choice

3. each team gives an elevator pitch of their idea/project proposal and receivessuggestions and ideas from other participants

4. participants discuss possible steps of their potential collaborations

5. participants agree on a common manner and timeline for conducting in-depth research and writing of a multi-author paper exploring themes and opportunities discussed during the workshop and related to participatory practices at the frontiers of HCI


Key Organizers

Wiesław Kopeć, PhD, MBA, Head of XR Lab, Computer Science Department,Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJAIT), Google Scholar Profile

Cezary Biele, PhD, Head of Laboratory of Interactive Technologies, National Information Processing Institute (NIPI), Google Scholar Profile

Monika Kornacka, PhD, Head of Emotion Cognition Lab, Institute of Psychlogy,SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS), Google Scholar Profile

Grzegorz Pochwatko, PhD, Head of Virtual Reality and Psychophysiology Lab, Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IP PAS), Google Scholar Profile

Program Committee

Jakub Możaryn, PhD, Warsaw University of Technology, Google Scholar Profile

Jacek Lebiedź, PhD, Gdansk University of Technology, Lab Profile

Marzena Wojciechowska, PhD, PJAIT Resarch Center, ResearchGate Profile

Dominika Tkaczyk, PhD, Crossref, Google Scholar Profile

Sebastian Zagrodzki, Google, LinkedIn Profile

Łukasz Czarnecki, Amazon, LinkedIn Profile

Anna Jaskulska, Kobo Association and Living Lab, Kobo Profile

Ewa Makowska, Business and System Analyst and IT Project Manager, LinkedIn Profile

Paper Co-Chairs

Kinga Skorupska, XR Lab PJAIT, Google Scholar Profile

Julia Paluch, XR Lab PJAIT, ResearchGate Profile

Technical Chairs

Rafał Masłyk, XR Lab PJAIT

Barbara Karpowicz, XR Lab PJAIT

Maciej Krzywicki, XR Lab PJAIT

Marcin Niewiński, XR Lab PJAIT

Piotr Gago, XR Lab PJAIT