Call for position statements — Research-Practice Interaction (RPI): Addressing Engineering Issues (an EICS2011 half-day workshop)

This workshop will bring together researchers and engineering-oriented practitioners of human-computer interaction to explore the extent to which difficulties exist between them, and will endeavor to identify the dimensions of the problems and propose possible solutions. On the one hand, we will work to articulate factors that may render the research literature inaccessible or irrelevant to engineers and to suggest potential improvements and approaches. On the other hand, we will also strive to learn from researchers how their research could benefit from engineer input. We invite both practitioners and researchers to submit a position statement of two to three pages, plus a short bio, by email to ebuie [at] luminanze [dot] com by 5pm EST on 13 March 2011, to participate in this half-day workshop. People who participated in the CHI2010 workshop on RPI are also welcome, because this is a continuing conversation.

Your position statement should attempt to answer one or more of the following (or related) questions:
  • How can the usefulness of research papers be improved to suit engineers of interactive systems?
  • How should research be disseminated to engineers?
  • What are the barriers that discourage engineers from adopting research findings?
  • How can research papers be made more accessible to engineers?
  • How can collaboration between the two subcommunities of CHI be enhanced?
  • What should students of computer science be taught about HCI research, to prepare them to engineer more usable and effective interactive systems?
  • How can we best include engineers in the RPI conversation?

We will select a variety of viewpoints from participants with diverse experience. Participants will have access to all of the accepted position statements in advance, to facilitate preconference discussion and to support the formulation of discussion questions. The organizers will also publish a draft agenda to prepare for the in-depth discussions during the workshop.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline – 13 March 2011
  • Notification – 3 April 2011
  • Final submissions - 29 April 2011
  • Workshop – Monday, 13 June 2011, Pisa (Italy)


  • Elizabeth Buie (Luminanze Consulting, LLC) - ebuie [at] luminanze [dot] com
  • Andrea Resmini (University of Borås, Gothenburg IT University) - andrea [dot] resmini [at] hb [dot] se
Please feel free to contact either of the organizers with questions.

You can learn about the history of our RPI work at
The workshop proposal (PDF): EICS2011WorkshopProposal-RPI.pdf
More about EICS 2011.

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