Montréal, Canada April 21 - 22, 2018
Secret Lives of Data Publics: Mixed Reality Smart City Interfaces
Beth Coleman, University of Waterloo
Matt Ratto, University of Toronto
Gabby Resch, University of Toronto
Bart Simon, Concordia University
Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia
In this two-day workshop, participants will construct prototype mixed reality interfaces for engaging the informational layer of the built urban environment. Using the Unity game engine and the Microsoft X-Reality (XR) tools, participants will focus on generative design in the space of data-driven interfaces, addressing issues of data access, actionability, and privacy in the context of smart cities. Specific attention will be paid to interfaces that facilitate harmonious co-existence between humans and non-human systems (AI, IoT, etc.). Over the course of this mixed reality workshop, participants will construct prototype interfaces for engaging data publics – the informational layer of the built environment.
This workshop addresses two primary issues: the interaction design dictated by platform and the type of civic data with which people interact.
- We depart from the normative HCI of smart city data dashboards as the dominant interface mode of smart city governance. Data dashboard interfaces display complex data in real time, often pulling from multiple sources. In contrast, we are looking at experimental forms of engaging mixed reality and other modes of virtual interface (VR, AR) toward more legible, accessible, and actionable modalities of data interaction. We explore.
- We experiment with civic data in a critical framework we describe as data publics. We use the term “data publics” to describe the cross- section between historical civic data, such as census, crime, and traffic, and the arrival of emergent technologies and practices such as social, mobile, and peer-produced data that present a networked public resource.
We invite workshop participants to consider a citizen’s right to the smart city in the nature of the data interactions and interface design of the smart city. What datastreams are part of an engaged urban experience? How might we design data-centric interaction that better integrates the fabric of human experience with the various non-human participants, particularly as cities come to be reconfigured for the use of semi-sentient and sentient machines?
To address these smart city data-interaction problems, this workshop offers a process of working through direct material and technical engagement with urban data, embedded and physical computing, mixed reality, and novel data visualization approaches. Our goal with this workshop is to create the conditions for experimenting with innovative forms of data- interaction that speak to the opportunities of smart city design. The workshop direct outcome will be iterative design prototypes of new modes of engaging real-time geolocated data in the urban context.
Call for participation
We invite position papers for a CHI 2018 workshop titled “Secret Lives of Data Publics: Mixed Reality Smart City Interfaces.” This two-day workshop will facilitate an interdisciplinary critical making environment for researchers and practitioners interested in constructing prototype mixed reality interfaces for engaging the informational layer of the built urban environment. Using the Unity game engine and Microsoft XR tools, participants will focus on generative design around data-driven interfaces that address issues of data access, actionability, and privacy in the context of smart cities. Specific attention will be paid to interfaces that facilitate harmonious co-existence between humans and non-human systems (AI, IoT, etc.).
Researchers from both academia and industry with an interest in these themes are invited to submit a 500 to 1000-word position paper. The paper should address one or more of the workshop's core challenges, as well as describe the participant’s research interests and background as relates to the workshop themes. While demos will be encouraged, the workshop will mostly consist of collaborative material engagement and design.
At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and attend the two-day workshop, as well as at least one day of the conference. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their position paper and the intersection of their research background and technical experience (e.g. AR/VR/XR design, data visualization) with the workshop’s themes (smart cities, data-driven interaction design). Position papers must address the context of accessible data in smart city design and/or generative design prospects for real-time data visualization in mixed reality environments.
Mixed Reality; Augmented Reality; Data Design; Smart City; Urban Informatics; Critical Making.
ACM Classification Keywords
H.5.1. Information Interfaces and Presentation: Multimedia Information Systems.