Call for position papers

In this one-day workshop at the 2020 ACM CHI Conference we will develop new ways of thinking about mobility by bringing together scholars from a wide range of areas within HCI and Interaction Design. Together, we will discuss and establish HCI perspectives on ‘new mobilities’ – engaging with and even inventing new modes of transport, fostering collaboration between scholars with varied topical interests around mobility.

Transport and mobility is currently undergoing massive transformations. As with many other human activities, it faces a wide range of challenges, first- and foremost the urgent challenge of de-carbonization. It is hard to see how the current mode of car-dominated mobility is sustainable, not to mention the related problems of urban congestion, particularly in newly developed cities. At the same time, there is a wave of innovations that blend mobility, electric motors, apps and mobile devices in new ways. 

New opportunities

For CHI, this gives us an opportunity to reflect upon the design of urban mobility systems, and the possibility of inventing new and hybrid systems; as well as to consider future interactions between these systems, their users, and public space. This presents an interesting new role for us in CHI: outlining the possibilities of combining design research and mobility, drawing on research from a variety of fields.

This workshop is a starting point for rethinking, how services, technologies or city infrastructures can work together, based on a better understanding of the different perspectives involved in mobility – from individual experiences to the use of aggregated data by transport providers.

Workshop content

During the workshop we want to highlight common themes and interests and outline visions of future mobility and mobility research. We seek to bring together a group of industry and academic collaborators, bringing new competences to CHI around the exciting opportunities of redesigning our contemporary mobilities. During the workshop we want to discuss along four main themes:

  • Social and institutional actors.
  • Different and novel transport modes and services. 
  • The role of Machine Learning and AI.
  • Methodological approaches.

With the help of these themes we want to (1) map common issues and approaches between different approaches to mobility and (2) outline innovative future mobility research approaches that bridge between different areas of research.

Who should participate

With this workshop we want to address researchers that are open for new collaborations within this new and exiting area. 

We invite particularly position paper submissions that deal with different forms of mobility that go beyond the isolated use of particular transport modes and instead strive to see transport as interconnected and intermodal. We strive to gather a heterogenous group of scholars that are dealing with transport and mobility in very different ways. Topics that are relevant induce (but are definitely not limited to):

  • Experiential approaches that deal with individual’s perception of mobility, for instance of car drivers or passengers or users of other forms of transport.
  • Design focused approaches that innovate around the number of passengers, how they travel and their place in the existing transport infrastructure. This includes design of services, such as ride- or bike-sharing, but also design artefacts supporting or enhancing different forms of mobility or transportation.
  • Policy-oriented studies taking the perspective of mobility service providers, public and/or private: challenges they face, the solutions they experiment with or implement, and how they are dealing with different actor’s expectations.
  • Approaches focusing on sustainability aspects of transport and mobility systems and services.
  • Proposals for applied or applicable systems.
  • Reviews of the various methodological approaches applied in HCI/mobility studies.

What to submit

We invite interested scholars to submit a position paper of 2 pages that includes:

  • Past and/or current work on the topic.
  • A brief statement or vision of what they see as a possible development in mobility during the next 100 years .
  • Any question and research ideas they would like to contribute to the workshop.

Send your position papers to

Deadline: 19th February 2020

Notification: 28th February 2020

Note: At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop. All participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.