About the CHI 2016 workshop

This one-day workshop was held as part of the CHI 2016 conference, held in San Jose, USA, between 7 and 12 May 2016.

For an overview of the workshop, see this guest post in Research Ethics Monthly, the blog of the Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services.

Workshop discussions

During the workshop, we broke out into small groups to brainstorm ideas about resources that could be valuable for supporting people in the CHI community who are grappling with ethical challenges in their work. Some of the ideas included initiatives that others in the CHI community have already established, such as a Facebook group and an ACM SIGCHI ethics working group, led by Amy Bruckman at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Other ideas will take a longer time to establish… Watch this space!

Here is a sample of the notes generated during our brainstorming sessions:




HCI researchers from around the world took part in this workshop:

Marianne Dee is interested in people and older adults in particular, looking at how they experience technologies in modern life. She has extensive experience working with older adults and enjoys bridging the gap between expert researchers/developers and the potential users of those technologies. Marianne’s background is in sociology and information science with a focus on making information accessible. She is responsible for developing, organising and managing a large pool of older adults as representative participants for research studies. For the BESiDE project, she is interviewing care home workers, visitors, residents and their families about their experiences of care home buildings. The interviews are producing evidence providing greater understanding of how the care home building can enhance or impede the health and well-being of the residents in particular.

Naja L. Holten M∅ller‘s work is interdisciplinary: She is interested in how we can improve our understanding of collaborative work in different types of complex, professional work settings, e.g administration, diagnostic  and architectural design – and the relationship with technology-support. Naja’s research explores different questions in relation to these areas of work ethnographically to understand, e.g. how people take decisions when there is not an obvious ‘right’ or wrong’. She is interested in how people handle time-spans in, for example, larger architectural projects up to 10 years in their daily work – and the relationship with material matter and on the other hand artefacts. Other questions that her work explores are in relation to e.g. accounting devices in administrative work. These questions are studies in long-term collaborations together with different types of organizations to better understand the nature of collaborative work – and the relationship with artefacts – and support by technology.

Jennings Anderson is a PhD student in Human Centered Computing at the University of Colorado Boulder with Project EPIC (Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis). His research looks at the production of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), specifically contributions to OpenStreetMap and geo-tagged Twitter posts during disaster and crisis.

Nazanin Andalibi is a PhD candidate at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. In her doctoral work she studies computer­-mediated self­disclosure practices in contexts that are socially stigmatized, negatively perceived, or difficult for other reasons, but where disclosing could be beneficial for those doing so. In parallel, she investigates engagement practices – which she also frames as self­disclosures – with others’ sensitive disclosures in computer-­mediated environments. Her aim is to expand our theoretical understanding of human behavior, tell stories of stigmatized populations, and improve the design of social computing systems to better support sensitive disclosures and positive outcomes (e.g., social support) for people who use them.  Twitter: https://twitter.com/naz_andalibi

Melissa Bica is a PhD student in the Project EPIC (Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis) group at University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests are in crisis informatics, social computing, information diffusion, and data visualization.

Sunil Rodger is a Doctoral Trainee in Digital Civics at Newcastle University, and has a background in social sciences and translational research in neuromuscular diseases. He is interested in the ethical and practical challenges of participatory research amongst small, geographically dispersed groups such as the rare disease community.

Marc Busch is a scientist and psychologist active in the areas of user experience, usability, and user research. He designs and evaluates persuasive and gamified systems and games to support behavior change in different domains like health, security and privacy. Currently he is affiliated with AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology. Get in touch: marc.busch@ait.ac.at.

Daisy Yoo is PhD candidate in the Information School and a member of the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab at the University of Washington. Her work spans the fields of design, human-computer interaction, and information science. In particular, Ms.Yoo is interested in the use of digital technologies to support public dialogue and action in politically contested arenas. The focus of her thesis work is on addressing challenges of designing with emerging, pluralistic publics in the case of legalizing assisted dying in the United States. Prior to University of Washington, she received her Master’s in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kyle Montague is a postdoc researcher interested in HCI and accessibility.

Antonella De Angeli is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the School of Computer Science, the University of Lincoln.

Donny McMillan is an Assistant Professor within the ACT in Communication with Technology (ACT) group at the University of Stockholm and a senior researcher at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence centre.

Batya Friedman is a Professor in the Information School, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Adjunct Professor int eh Department of Human-Centred Design and Engineering at the University of Washington where she directs the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab. Batya pioneered value sensitive design (VSD), an approach to account for human values in the design of information systems.

Workshop proposal

The workshop proposal was published in the CHI 2016 Extended Abstracts and can be downloaded from the ACM digital library.