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CHI 2019 Workshop on Mid-Air Haptics Interfaces for Interactive Digital Signage and Kiosks

CHI is the leading event in the field of current human-computer interaction and future technologies and we are pleased to be hosting one of its workshop tracks together with SoftServe, the Alibaba NHCI Lab, the HCI group at Brunel University, and University of Bayreuth.

We’re inviting interested participants to submit a 2-page abstract in order to attend this one-day workshop.

The workshop will take place on 5th of May and will be hosted by CHI 2019 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

Mid-Air Haptics Interfaces for Interactive Digital Signage and Kiosks

Digital signage systems are transitioning from static displays to rich, dynamic interactive experiences while new enabling technologies that support these interactions are also evolving. For instance, advances in computer vision and face, gaze, facial expression, body and hand-gesture recognition have enabled new ways of distal interactivity with digital content.

Such possibilities are only just being adopted by advertisers and retailers, yet, they face important challenges e.g. the lack of a commonly accepted gesture, facial expressions or call-to action set.

Moreover, public displays that use touchscreen technology face issues with hygiene and cleaning requirements, robustness against extended use and potential damage, securing access to the display control panel, responsiveness, and finally reachability requirements that compromise viewability and location.

Workshop topics of interest

Of particular interest to this sector and to this workshop are mid-air haptic interfaces that couple computer vision and affective computing with haptic feedback through the use of focused ultrasound. Mid-air haptic interfaces have been shown to aid in defining a gesture set, affect the emotional state of users, significantly increases user engagement with the interactive content, increase brand engagement, dwell time and brand recall while also enhancing the overall user experience.

The goal of this industry/academic co-led one-day workshop is to bring together a group of experts in disciplines from haptic research, affective computing, pervasive displays and multi-modal interaction, in order to foster discussion about the challenges in the design and implementation associated with next generation of mid-air haptic interfaces for digital signage and kiosks. Through brainstorming break-out sessions, we will design concept prototypes and define new research challenges in the field of digital signage which are enabled by mid-air haptics and affective computing.

On the day, expect four mini-keynote talks on the workshop topics, ten 3-minute presentations, as well as two thematic brainstorming sessions and a challenge break-out session to foster discussion, channel research directions, and promote new inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration opportunities.

Take a look at our 2018 workshop at CHI on Mid-Air Haptics for Control Interfaces.


We invite potential participants to submit an expression of interest found. This expression of interest should show how the applicant’s work fits into the topics of the workshop, and should include a theme that the applicant feels is important to the field, and would generate valuable discussions during the workshop.

Since this is a relatively new area of research, we welcome submissions of position papers that propose new ideas and challenges. In case of a multi-authored abstract, it should be made clear which authors will be attending the workshop. For each accepted paper, at least one author will have to register to both the workshop and at least one day of the conference.

According to the number of applications, we might need to limit the number of accepted participants, and the number of participants per submitted proposal. You will be notified on the 20th of February 2019.

2 pages in ACM Extended Abstracts Format

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Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 12th February 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: 20th February 2019
  • Workshop Date: 5th May 2019

CHI 2019 Workshop organisers

  • Orestis Georgiou is Director of Research at Ultrahaptics and is also the main link between Ultrahaptics and its academic partners. Dr. Georgiou has also published over 60 articles in leading journals and conferences of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Medicine.
  • Hannah Limerick is User Research Lead in the user experience team at Ultrahaptics, and informs interaction design and explores how mid-air haptics add value to user experience. Dr. Limerick has several publications on the human computer interaction domain.
  • Loïc Corenthy leads the “Creative Team” that creates demonstrators showcasing Ultrahaptics technology. Previously, he worked on the design of haptic rendering algorithms for volumetric datasets with applications in neuroscience. This work was published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Haptics.
  • Jin Ryong Kim is Senior Research Scientist at Alibaba Natural Human-Computer Interaction lab. His research focuses on novel interactions with haptics technology to amplify human satisfaction through enriched user experiences. He has several publications in haptics and HCI conferences and journals including the IEEE World Haptics, IEEE Haptics Symposium, EuroHaptics, ACM CHI, and IEEE Transactions on Haptics.
  • Mykola Maksymenko is Principal Scientist at SoftServe with a focus on AI, affective computing and human-computer interaction. He works on collaboration with multiple academic and technology partners and drives applied science projects in Healthcare, Retail, Media and Fintech domains.
  • Sam Frish is Head of Interactive R&D lab at SoftServe. Being an experienced game developer with a portfolio of more than 20 games he now uses his background to drive research on novel AR/VR/MR applications, human-computer interaction and new generation of immersive tech.
  • Mark Perry leads the HCI group at Brunel University. He and has worked on the design and evaluation of public and situated displays over the last 15 years, with a focus on understanding social interaction around them.
  • Jörg Müller is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bayreuth and is interested in modelling, simulation and optimisation of human-computer interaction using dynamical systems models, ultrasonic levitation interfaces, and augmented and virtual reality.
  • Myroslav Bachynskyi is PostDoc Researcher at Computer Science Department at University of Bayreuth. He has several publications on human biomechanics, mid-air movement modeling and ultrasonic levitation at many international HCI conferences and journals.

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Endorsed by the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics

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