In-Use, In-Situ: Extending Field Research Methods

Relevant conference to present the methodology we used to study CatchBob: In-Use, In-Situ: Extending Field Research Methods (27-28 October 2005.) at BCS London, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, Convent Garden, London WC2E 7HA. Organised by the Interaction Design Centre, Middlesex University, and the BCS HCI Education & Practice SubGroup, BCS HCI Group.

The workshop will explore the state of art in field research, experimental work, and other methods of data collection relevant to designing/evaluating technology ‘in-use, in-situ’. An aim is to identify gaps and problems for the future development of design methodology. Researchers from domains spanning the social and computing sciences, engineering, design, humanities, sciences, will have the opportunity to both share their experiences and reflect on the fundamentals of complex socio-technical systems and human-centered technology. The first day of this 2-day event will consist of a tutorial on‘Activity theory in the “fields” (by Seth Chaiklin). (...) The second day of the workshop will be a forum for discussion and presentation. We invite the submission of position papers on the theme of ‘in-use, in-situ’ evaluation. Papers should be no more than 4 pages in length and should be submitted by 22 July 2005.; Position papers will be reviewed by a programme committee, and selected authors will be invited to present their work on the second day of the event. Research areas include, but are not limited to the following:

* Ethnographic or similar studies of technology in use * Evaluation and validation of technology * Assessing the impact of technological interventions on work and other systems * Contextual and collaborative approaches to design * Studies of cooperative work * Tailoring and appropriation of technology * Novel technologies and contexts of interaction

Submissions should be sent to: Paola Amaldi ( by 22 July 2005. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 2 September 2005.

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