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2006 Participatory Design Conference -- Expanding Boundaries in Design -- Trento, Italy, July 31- August 5, 2006 --

Expanding Boundaries in Design

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Trento, Italy, July 31- August 5, 2006

Participatory design (PD) is a diverse collection of principles and practices aimed at making technologies and social institutions more responsive to human needs. A central tenet of PD is the direct involvement of people in the co-design of the systems they use. The PD Conferences have been held every two years since 1990.

The theme of the 2006 conference, Expanding Boundaries in Design, focuses attention on the multiple contexts in which design takes place and on an expanding range of possible design outcomes. While participatory design principles and practices are most often applied to the design of technical systems and artefacts, increasingly there is both the need and the opportunity to focus PD approaches on other domains, such as physical environments, organizational practices, and IT-enabled services. Likewise, the contexts in which PD is practiced has grown to include teams of globally distributed designers and practitioners; actor networks that span organizational, expertise, cultural and linguistic difference; and activity areas beyond the workplace, such as domestic and leisure. Finally, PD has a significant role to play at various stages of design, from initial concept development, to system configuration, to implementation, to integration within the context of use, and ultimately to ongoing design in use. This year's theme recognizes that we have an opportunity to expand our community, our design focus and the sites for action by bringing the principles of informed participation and social good to an even wider audience.

The upcoming conference will bring together a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers, software developers, social scientists, designers, activists, practitioners, users, citizens, cultural workers and managers who adopt distinctively participatory approaches in the design of artefacts, systems, services, environments and technologies.

We are inviting submissions for a diverse set of session and contribution types.

Research Papers: (maximum 10 pages) Research papers should report on completed research which furthers topics in Participatory Design. Research papers will be published in the ACM International Conference series

Exploratory papers: (maximum 4 pages) Exploratory papers should present ideas that could benefit from discussion with members of the PD community. These papers may include work-in-progress, experiences of reflective practitioners, and first drafts of novel concepts and

Interactive workshops: (2 page proposal) Half day and full day sessions on topics that include methods, practices, and other areas of interest and that support an interactive format where active participation beyond presentation is solicited. Workshops will take place on August 1 before the start of the paper sessions.

Tutorials: (2 page proposal) Half day and full day sessions for teaching conceptual frameworks, methods/techniques, and novel approaches. The tutorials will take place on July 31 before the start of the paper sessions.

Doctoral consortium: (2 page proposal) Full day session taking place on August 1 before the start of the paper sessions.

Art installations: Artists/designers working in the field of visual, installation, and performative arts are invited to submit a project that explores how participant's interactions can become part of a piece of art or performance. This session will be held at MART - Museo d'arte contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto.

Deadline for Submissions (all contribution types): January 16, 2006


Conference chairs (chairs(a)
Gianni Jacucci, University of Trento, Italy
Finn Kensing, The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Program chairs (pc(a)
Jeanette Blomberg, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA
Ina Wagner, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Workshops (workshops(a)
David Hakken, Indiana University, USA
Eva Hornecker, University of Bremen, Germany

Tutorials (tutorials(a)
Monika Büscher, Lancaster University, UK
Volker Wulf, Fraunhofer-FIT and Technical University of Chemnitz,

Doctorial consortium (phd(a)
Jesper Simonsen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Toni Robertson, University of Technology Sidney, Australia

Panels (panels(a)
Tone Bratteteig, University of Oslo, Norway
Andy Dearden, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Art track (art(a)
Bo Helgeson, Blekinge University of Technology, Sweden
Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki Intitute for Information Technology, Finland
Giorgio Verzotti, MART, Italy Debra Cash, New Century Enterprises, USA
Leah Lievrouw, University of California, USA

Exploratory work (exploratory(a)
Ellen Balka, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sussex University, UK

Organizing Committee (info(a)
Vincenzo D'Andrea, University of Trento, Italy

Artful integration award
Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, UK
Thomas Herrmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


Thomas Binder, Center for Designforskning, Denmark
Eva Brandt, Danmarks Designskole, Denmark
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Canada
Fiorella De Cindio, University of Milano, Italy
Pelle Ehn, Malmö University, Sweden
Joan Greenbaum, City University of New York, USA
Judith Gregory, University of Oslo, Norway
Joachim Halse, The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Kim Halskov Madsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Thomas Hermann, University of Dortmund, Germany
Sarah Kuhn, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Per Linde, Malmö School of Art and Communication, Sweden
Peter Mambrey, GMD-FIT, Germany
Norberto Patrignani, Catholic University of Milano, Italy
Volkmar Pipek, IISI - International Institute for Socio-Informatics, Germany
Rob Procter, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Doug Schuler, Evergreen State College, USA
Carla Simone, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Bettina Törpel, Technical University of Denmark
Randall Trigg, The Global Fund for Women, USA
Peter van den Besselaar, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Netherlands
Jaakko Virkkunen. University of Helsinki, Finland

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