[Elsnet-list] CFP: Enculturating Human Computer Interaction (Special Issue AI & Society)

Matthias Rehm matthias.rehm at informatik.uni-augsburg.de
Fri Feb 15 11:10:36 CET 2008

First Call for Papers

Special Issue: Enculturating Human Computer Interaction
AI & Society
Deadline: 30 June 2008

We are living in a globalized world but local or cultural identities strongly
influence our patterns of behavior and our interpretation of behavior in
others by estblishing norms and values. Nevertheless, current interfaces
seldom reflect such cultural "mental programs" as Hofstede has termed this
effect. Thus, users are forced to adapt their way of interaction and
interpretation to a given (most of the time western) perspective. Instead it
would be much more reasonable to allow e.g. for culturally tailored
presentation of information. Although there is no principled approach yet to
challenge the importance of cultural patterns in human-computer interaction,
there are a number of promising results from a variety of research projects
around the world that have started to integrate cultural aspects in the
interaction. These range from artistic work over web design to CSCW support
tools and training applications with conversational virtual characters.
Bringing together the leading reseachers from these emerging research streams
in this special issue will further discussions and contribute to establishing
a new research area.

The special issue will be centered around three main research challenges:

1. Models and Theory
Cultural norms and values penetrate all our interactions by giving us
heuristics how to behave and how to interpret verbal and nonverbal behaviors.
To make such a notion like culture available for computation, we need theories
of culture that precisely describe its effects on interaction allowing for
building parametrized models.

2. Data
To realize technical systems that take cultural influences on behavior and
perception into account, precise data analysis on how this influence manifests
itself is necessary. Because this information is often scattered throughout
the literature, it is necessary to provide (meta-)analyses of specific
behaviors. Additionally, there is a need for large databases of comparable
multimodal corpora from different cultures to assess variations in a
principled way. From a developers point of view, data on cultural differences
in interacting with interfaces and devices is necessary.

3. Systems and Applications
Having identified cultural influences on verbal/nonverbal communicative
behaviors, it remains to be shown how this can be applied to the development
of human-computer interfaces, for instance in ASR systems taking the user's
culture-specific verbal behavior into account or in virtual characters in
games or training applications reflecting the users' culturally determined
nonverbal behavior patterns. Moreover, the effect of systems taking cultural
variables into account has to be evaluated to provide a sound empirical
foundation for
further developments.

AI & Society
AI & Society, the journal of human-centred systems, is an international
journal, publishing refereed scholarly articles, position papers, debates,
short communications and reviews of books and other publications. Established
in 1987, the journal focuses on the issues of policy, design and management of
information, communications and new media technologies, with a particular
emphasis on cultural, social, cognitive, economic, ethical and philosophical
implications. AI & Society is broad based and strongly interdisciplinary. It
welcomes contributions and participation from researchers and practitioners in
a variety of fields including information technologies, social sciences, arts
and humanities.

Guest Editors:
Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg
Yukiko Nakano, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University
Matthias Rehm, University of Augsburg

Please direct any questions to:
Matthias Rehm: rehm at informatik.uni-augsburg.de or
Yukiko Nakano: nakano at cc.tuat.ac.jp

Dr. Matthias Rehm
Multimedia Concepts and Applications
Faculty of Applied Computer Science
University of Augsburg
Eichleitnerstr. 30
86159 Augsburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 821 598 2343
Fax: +49 (0) 821 598 2349
Email: rehm at informatik.uni-augsburg.de

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