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.

Presentations and Sensing

08:45-09:00Setting Up: Login to the virtual workshop (Zoom) and greet all the participants.
09:00-09:15Welcome: Introduce organizers, participants, workshop objectives and schedule.
09:15-09:30Sensor-Check: Getting the sensors working, checking the data-acquisition, and synchronizing clocks.
09:30-10:00Keynote: Presentation by an invited expert.
10:00-10:15Q & A
10:15-10:30Short Break: Stretch your legs and grab a coffee.
10:30-11:30Pitch / Flash Presentations: Participants introduce themselves and present their position/research papers (approximately 3 minutes per participant if N=20). In addition, we will ask participants to present one research question that they cannot address by themselves. Slides will be prepared in advance in Google Slides or pre-recorded videos.
11:30-12:00Eliciting Themes: A rapid-round of discussion in break-out rooms to elicit unaddressed questions, concerns and challenges. These illustrations will be added to a common Miro board.
12:00–13:00Lunch Break (Social gathering on Mozilla Hubs or Gather Town)

Ideation & Mapping Session

13:00–13:10Cluster Themes: Organizers and participants collectively cluster themes into topics of interests.
13:10–13:30Ideation Session: Small groups within break-out rooms will brainstorm about one topic of interest, and add their thoughts on a shared Miro board.
13:30–14:00Group Feedback: Groups present the results of their ideation to all participants for feedback.
14:00–14:15E-coffee Break
14:15–14:45Mapping Session: Small groups within break-out rooms and using Miro boards will consolidate their ideas into a developed research agendas.
14:45–15:00Summarize Discussions: Each group prepares a short presentation to summarize their developed research agendas and how to take them forward.
15:00–15:45Group Presentations: Each group presents and discusses the results of ideation and mapping session to all other participants.
15:45–16:00Short Break
16:00–16:30Wrap Up: 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.