Program overview

The workshop will take place primarily over Zoom, where we will additionally use Miro for collaborative (synchronous) activities, and the Gather Town or Mozilla Hubs platforms for facilitating social interaction before, during, and after the workshop. The entire workshop is estimated to be around 8 hours, with varied activities, presentations, and social events. We will provide how-to tutorials a week before the workshop, in case any of the participants are not familiar with the tools we aim to use.

In the first half, a keynote, (rapid) presentations of accepted works, and a theme elicitation session will be combined with sensory data-acquisition phase. Since SensiBlend is also a living experiment, our attendees will be encouraged to bring their own devices and sensors (‘BYODS’), and participate in a collective effort to gather perceptions and experiences while attending a virtual workshop. The collected data–a repertoire of blended experiences–will be collectively analyzed by all the attendees, as one of the post-workshop activities, and may result in a potential publication (article and a dataset). In the second half, the organizers and participants will collectively cluster themes into topics of interest, which will be further developed and consolidated into executable research agendas, in small groups of 3-4 participants and different activities promoting ideation, mapping, and synthesis.


Finalized agenda will be updated soon.  

Part A: Presentations and Sensing (13:30 - 18:10 CEST, 25 September 2021)

Time Activity
13:30 - 14:00 Check-in: Sensor check and coffee: Getting the sensors working, checking the data-acquisition, and synchronizing clocks.
14:00 - 14:15 Opening remarks (Part A): Introducing organizers, participants, workshop objectives and schedule.
14:15 - 15:15 Icebreaker and storytelling: Introducing yourselves and sharing personal stories/motivation related to this workshop
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break: Stretch your legs and grab a coffee.
15:30 - 16:20 [Activity 1] Reaction and reflection: Sharing expectation of the sensing techniques in the workshop.
16:20 - 16:30 Short break
16:30 - 17:00 Collaborative revision: Revising the expectations listed in Activity 1.
17:00 - 18:00 Keynote: Presentation by Gloria Mark.
18:00 - 18:10 Conclusion of part A

Dinner Break (Social gathering and drinking on Gather Town)

(Part B) Ideation & Mapping Session (20:00 - 00:00 CEST (next day), 25 September 2021)

Time Activity
20:00 - 20:15 Opening remarks (Part B)
20:15 - 21:15 Keynote: Presentation by Andrew Kun.
21:15 - 21:25 Coffee break
21:25 - 21:55 Paper presentations: Authors of accepted papers present their position/research papers.
21:55 - 22:40 Panel discussion: Kshitij Sharma, Evangelos Niforatos, Senthil Chandrasegaran, and Katrin Hansel.
22:40 - 22:50 Coffee break
22:50 - 23:20 [Activity 2] Formulation of research agendas: Sharing your research questions and finding your partners in break-out rooms to plan on a research roadmap.
23:20 - 23:50 Group presentations and Q&A: Each group presents and discusses the research agenda to all other participants.
23:50 - 00:00 Closing remarks: Summary of the workshop and follow-up activities (sensory data analysis, future collaborations, etc.) and take virtual group photos.

Post-workshop activities

During and following the workshop, discussion results and outcomes will be blogged on the workshop website and disseminated in ACM Interactions. Following the workshop, drawing on the workshop submissions and discussions, we will propose a journal special issue (in IEEE Pervasive or TOCHI), or a book in the Springer Series on Ubiquitous and Personal Computing, and encourage participants to collaborate on submissions around the developed research agendas. Moreover, we will setup a repository to share and upload acquired sensor data amongst the attendees, and another one to facilitate collective analysis of this multi-modal data. Finally, the results of this analysis will be consolidated in a journal article co-authored by all the attendees.