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Call for papers

Special Issue of IJHCS
(International Journal of Human-Computer Studies)

Evaluating Affective Interactions:
Innovative Approaches and Future Directions

Guest Editors: Katherine Isbister, Rensselaer (RPI), U.S.A. and Kristina Höök, Stockholm University and Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS), Sweden

There is strengthening interest within the HCI community in designing affective engagement with interfaces. Affect is an important part of user engagement with games, interactive narrative, synthetic characters and robots, wearables, voice interfaces, and many other interactive systems. Many practitioners have promoted the value of thoughtfully crafting emotional qualities of interfaces (e.g. Don Norman’s 2003 CHI keynote; October 2004 ‘Funology’ issue of Interactions). A problem lies in how to design these systems so that users’ experiences of it are in line with what the designers intended. Theorists attempt to sort out what such “experiences” of technology are ­ technology is embedded in our everyday life and felt experiences with this technology go beyond its functionality (McCarthy and Wright, Technology as Experience, 2004). Along another line of research there has been advancements on our abilities to detect affect in users and incorporate this into system response (e.g. Picard, Communications of the ACM 43(3), 50-51, 2000). A special issue of IJHCS in 2003 shows that the issue of how to design applications of affective computing is a growing field even if it is by no means an undisputed application area. But how do we determine whether someone has been affected emotionally in the way we’d like, by interacting with a system? How do we test affective responses early in the design cycle? What kinds of prototyping are appropriate? Where do traditional HCI methods fall short? What new techniques and advances can be used to improve the design and evaluation cycle for creating affective interfaces? This special issue of IJHCS is devoted to exploring ways to evaluate users' affective responses to systems, toward better design and (where practicable) toward a better basic understanding of affect itself. The special issue follows upon a CHI 2005 workshop organized by Isbister and Höök and its follow-up workshop held January 2006 in Stockholm. Submissions with the following emphasis (or related areas) are welcome:

  • New and innovative methods for evaluation of affective interaction.
  • Examples of affective interface evaluation strategies already in use in research or commercial contexts.
  • Case studies of systems developed using affective evaluation during the design cycle.
  • Taxonomies and meta-analyses of affective evaluation strategies.
  • Theory contributions that advance our understanding of conducting and interpreting affective evaluations.
  • Explications of challenge problems for affective evaluation and/or future directions of affective evaluation.

Important Dates

Paper submissions: 1st of March, 2006 (negotiable)

Notification of acceptance: 1 May, 2006

Final versions due: 15th June, 2006

Journal publication: Autumn, 2006

Format for submissions

Paper should be formatted in accordance with IJHCS guidelines and should be between 6000-8000 words in length. Authors of submitted journals may be invited to take part in the review process. Submission should be made in pdf or word format electronically to Katherine Isbister.