Call for Papers: Physicality 2012 

4th International Workshop on Physicality
co-located with British HCI 2012 conference

11 September 2012, University of Birmingham, UK


NEWS - Fabian Hemmert will give a keynote at Physicality 2012. Fabian's work includes mobiles that change shape, shift weight and beat like a heart and has been reported widely including several TED talks.

Physicality 2012 is the 4th International Workshop aimed at exploring design challenges, theories and experiences in developing new forms of interactions that exploit human physical interaction with digital technology. Physicality-based interactions extend feedback beyond the visual, thus emulating the experiences gained through our interaction with the world via our non-visual senses and control capabilities such as gesture, speech, touch and haptic. Also, the body parts used for interaction stretch out from the finger to the palm, arm and even the whole body.

This multi-disciplinary workshop will bring together researchers from industry and academia. We welcome participation from designers and technologists, artists and architects, researchers in tangible interaction and organic user interfaces, psychologists, philosophers and social scientists, and indeed, all excited by learning from the latest works and experiences in this field.


Monday, 10 September, 2012

Computer Science Building Foyer (Y9 on the map), Birmingham University   


Welcome/ Workshop dinner sponsored by Cardiff School of Art and Design,
Installations/ Demonstrations

Tuesday, 11 September, 2012

EECE Gisbert Kapp Building (G8 on the map), Room N123, Birmingham University



Short Introduction

Keynote Address: Fabian Hemmert, Embodied Interactions

NUI-based Floor Navigation – A Case Study

Ulrich Furbach & Markus Maron


Towards Dynamic Natural Interaction Ensembles
Bashar Altakrouri & Andreas Schrader

Choreographing the glitch
Beverley Hood

Towards a framework for the rapid prototyping of physical interaction
Andrea Belluci, Alessio Malizia & Ignacio Aedo

Augmented Reality Centered Rapid Prototyping
Dimitrios Zampelis, Steve Gill, Gareth Loudon & Darren Walker

Designing and Studying a Multimodal Painting Installation in a Cultural Centre for Children
Loraine Clarke & EvaHornecker

Thawing colours: dangling from the fuzzy end of interfaces
Dave Murray Rust & Rocio von Jugenfeld

Interactive Sensory Objects Developed for and by People with Learning Disabilities
Nic Hollinworth, Faustina Hwang, Kate Allen, Andy Minnion, Gosia Kwiatkowska, Nic Weldin & Ticky Lowe


In Control – Heart Rate-driven Architecture
Nils Jäeger, Holger Schnädelbach & Keven Glove

Collaborative Communications Tools for Designing: Physical-Cyber Environments
Stephen Forshaw, Leon Cruickshank & Alan Dix

Alien Technology Session (Part 1)
Exploring productive interdisciplinary communications for collaborative design
Led by Stephen Forshaw


Alien Technology Session (Part 2)

General Group Discussion and Close


We invite contributions that address physicality; appropriate topics include but are not limited to:

•Enabling technologies for physicality-based interactions

•Philosophy of physicality and its role for human perception and cognition

•Design at the physical-digital frontier

•Artefact focussed social interaction

•Flexible, non-flat or actuated display interfaces

•Embodied interaction

•Physicality inspired interaction in virtual worlds

•Digital emulation of the physical

•Interactive art, creativity and performance

•Movement and choreography of interaction

We invite submissions from 2-4 pages position papers to 4-10 pages research papers. We would also like to encourage contributions in other forms, such as demonstration, artwork or performance, but please contact us first.  Submissions and enquiries should be sent to <>

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and judges on the basis of originality, contribution to the field, technical and presentation quality and relevance to the workshop. All accepted contributions would be given the chance to be revised and extended for the camera-ready copy. All contributions will be published in the workshop proceedings and selected papers lodged in the BCS eWiC repository.


The workshop will include short individual presentations, discussions and a hands-on session. The main part of the workshop will be held on the 11th September but we plan to open the workshop in the evening of the 10th September with a dinner together, to allow introductions and any demonstrations.


Alan Dix (Talis and University of Birmingham)

Steve Gill (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Devina Ramduny-Ellis (University of Huddersfield)

Masitah Ghazali (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)


Gabriella Giannachi  University of Exeter

Juergen Steimle, MIT Media Lab

Johann Habakuk Israel,  Fraunhofer IPK Berlin

John Bonner, University of Huddersfield

Emmanuel Dubois, University of Toulouse

Monika Buscher, Lancaster University

Cammile Moussette-Guchmu, Umeå Institute of Design

John Rooksby, University of St Andrews

Cathy Treadaway, Cardiff School of Art and Design

Tanja Döring, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Jörn Hurtienne, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg


Related Links

British HCI 2012 Conference


Past Events
Physicality 2009

Physical Fidelity in Design 

Physicality 2007

Physicality 2006