CFP – CHI 2018 workshop ‘Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda’

The IN-TOUCH team is excited to announce that we are co-organising a CHI 2018 workshop on ‘Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda’. The workshop is set to take place on 21st April 2018. More details can be found on our workshop website. Please see our Call for Participation below. We look forward to seeing you in Montréal!

Submissions are invited for “Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda”.

This one-day workshop brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and designers to examine new forms of touch communication enabled by digital touch technologies, address key social questions and challenges for HCI, reshape future research agendas, and build a cross disciplinary community that fosters subsequent collaboration. The workshop will focus on three themes: touch and sensory embodiment; affective communication; and ethical and methodological challenges in HCI design, to discuss and explore digital touch communication in various contexts (e.g. health, wellbeing, personal relationships, work and leisure). It will provide opportunities to share ongoing work, with a view towards setting an interdisciplinary research agenda for digital touch communication that effectively integrates technology progression with robust interrogation of societal implications of digital touch.

Submission details

2-4 page position papers in CHI Extended Abstract format ( should be submitted to by 2/2/18. Papers must outline authors’ research or device development around digital touch (demos welcome), key research questions, and methodological or ethical challenges that arise in their work. Submissions should go beyond touch screens to include other forms of sensory interfaces.

Selection criteria

Submissions will be selected on overall quality and relevance to workshop themes, innovativeness, ethical or methodological reflexivity, aiming for a range of disciplines, technologies or user contexts. (Notifications: 22 February 2018)

Additional requirements

At least one author must register for the workshop and one day of the CHI 2018 conference. Position papers will be available to participants prior to the workshop.

Workshop Organisers

Sara Price, Kerstin Leder Mackley, Carey Jewitt, Gijs Huisman, Bruna Petreca, Nadia Berthouze, Domenico Prattichizzo & Vincent Hayward

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please send us an email to

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