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Academic Mindtrek Conference

Academic Mindtrek is a yearly conference since 1997. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for academicians, researchers and professionals from the industry to put forward ideas and interpretations regarding the development of human-computer interaction, games and gamification, interactive media, journalism, theater and acting, and information society. Academic Mindtrek offers:

  • A meeting place where researchers, experts and thinkers can present results from their latest work in the conference thematic areas.
  • Special academic sessions (e.g. demonstrations, workshops and multidisciplinary sessions) held parallel to the Mindtrek conference.
  • A real chance for media enthusiasts to think outside the box.
  • Keynote speakers announced later.

September 20th - 21st
Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland

Call For Papers Is Open!
Submit Paper Here!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 21st

In cooperation with ACM, ACM SIGMM, and ACM SIGCHI.
Contributions will be published in the ACM digital library.

CALL FOR PAPERS, POSTERS, DEMOS & WORKSHOPS

We are pleased to invite you to the 21st International Academic Mindtrek conference, 20th to 21st September 2017. Academic Mindtrek is a meeting place where researchers, experts and thinkers present results from their latest work regarding the development of novel technology, media and digital culture for the society of tomorrow.

Academic Mindtrek is part of the renowned Mindtrek business conference. Mindtrek brings together people not only from various fields and domains but also from different sectors: from companies, startups, academia and various governmental institutions. This makes Mindtrek the perfect opportunity for advancing research results towards practical utilization by the industry, as well as getting out-of-the-box research ideas based on the interaction with practitioners.

Mindtrek events are accessible for the Academic Mindtrek attendees, and vice versa.

The academic conference features the following major themes:

  • Human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • Interaction design and user experience
  • Developer experience
  • Games and gamification
  • Virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • Collaboration, literacies and multimedia technologies in education
  • Crowdsourcing and citizen participation
  • Open data and data science
  • New forms of journalism and media
  • Theatre, performance and media
  • Enhancing work in socio-technological environments

We are especially enthusiastic about applied research and papers related to practical work.

 

 

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

Academic Mindtrek is organized in cooperation with ACM SIGMM, and ACM SIGCHI. The conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library, which includes full papers, posters, workshop proposals and demonstration proposals. All papers should follow the style guidelines of the conference (more information under submission guidelines). In the Finnish classification of publication forums, Academic Mindtrek proceedings are classified as Jufo 1.

There will also be a reward for the best paper(s) of the academic conference.

FULL PAPER PROPOSALS

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and double-blinded. Therefore, please remove any information that could give an indication of the authorship. The papers should contain 6-10 pages, including the list of references.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

Workshop proposals should be papers between 2-4 pages long. We welcome you to suggest workshops as part of the Academic Mindtrek. Workshop proposals should also include the organizing committee, a description of the theme and goals of the workshop, a short CV of organizers, duration, and the schedule. Workshop organizers can create their own proceedings of the accepted position papers. Depending on the attached number of papers for each workshop, we provide space for either half-day or full-day workshops. Previous examples include e.g. a workshop on e-Learning, theatre methods for requirements elicitation, among others.

DEMONSTRATION PROPOSALS

Interactive experience demonstration proposals should be either short papers (2-4 pages long) or full papers (6-10 pages) and include: a) a description and motivation of the interactive experience demonstration; b) general architecture of the interactive experience demonstration; c) description of the main features of the demonstration; d) a brief comparison with other existing related interactive experience demonstrations; e) audiovisual materials to illustrate the interactive experience demonstration (a poster or a roll-up and other material on a laptop, for example); f) the type of license (if applicable), g) the Internet address of the interactive experience demonstration (if applicable), and h) description of the scientific basis behind the interactive experience demonstration (e.g., a regular paper presentation). It is strongly recommended that the authors make a video of the interactive experience demonstration available on the Internet to accompany the article submission.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Posters proposals should be papers between 2-4 pages long and a poster should be presented during the conference. Attendees have the possibility to exhibit their posters on a A0 poster wall at the conference.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please use the templates provided on the style guidelines site. A template for Word documents and LaTeX guidelines can be found on http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template.

Note that since the papers will be published by the ACM digital library all authors need to sign an ACM copyright form. The copyright form would be sent through an automated system only for accepted papers.

You can start sending in your papers now! Submit your paper here.

Conference Themes

 

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) track addresses the design, development and implementation of user interfaces and the design of human and technology interaction. The track focuses on design of computer systems for human users, human requirements, usability, ergonomics, privacy aspects, trustworthiness, interaction theories, and sociological and psychological factors. The track brings together people from diverse areas that provide a multidisciplinary forum for academics, designers and practitioners to discuss the challenges and processes of contemporary topics in Human-Computer Interaction. The themes include, but are not limited to, the following subject areas:

  • Interaction: e.g. interaction theories and models, new interaction techniques, multimodal interaction, multi-device interaction, social interactions mediated by technology.
  • Interfaces: e.g. adaptive and personalized interfaces, usability evaluations, autonomous and proactive interfaces and interfaces as artefacts.
  • Technology: e.g. architectures for HCI, Cloud computing & Mobile HCI, new technology enablers like various sensors and actuators, toolkits and platforms for new interactive systems.
  • Evaluation: e.g. evaluation studies of interactive systems, evaluation methods and techniques and user trials and experiments of interactive technology.
  • User insight: e.g. methods for user research, ethnography, and understanding the users and contexts of use.

Interaction Design and User Experience

This track focuses on the practice of designing interactive digital products and services and the user experiences and interactions therein. As people's quality standards tend to constantly increase, providing a delightful user experience and fluent interaction, the most relevant features have become central goals in the development of digital products and services. The areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Theories, conceptualizations and reflections on user experience, consumer experience, product experience, interaction design, service design and their relations to other design disciplines.
  • Understanding various aspects of user experience: e.g. aesthetics, trust and privacy, product attachment, playfulness, engagement, social elements.
  • Novel design approaches: e.g. experience-driven design, critical design, design visions.
  • Techniques, methods, tools and patterns for interaction design and service design.
  • Measuring and assessing user experience, user studies and user experience evaluations.
  • Creativity and innovation in design of interactive systems.

Developer Experience

Developer experience is of increasing interest in academia and industry. Developer experience concerns how developers think and feel about, and are motivated to act in, software development in a wide variety of settings. The concept includes not only the individual developer and the technical artefacts involved, but also social and organisational factors as well as many contextual factors.

It is assumed that good developer experience can have a positive impact on software development outcomes. Developer experience may be an important strategic concern for organisations. More engaging and attractive software development could simultaneously lead to higher development performance. Digital products and services increasingly have primary or secondary users who are software developers, e.g. through open APIs and platforms. The role of developers is expanding with digitalisation of society and business, and the evolving nature of the software development profession necessitates new research in this area.

This track focuses on conceptual and empirical aspects of developer experience (DX) and includes, but is not limited to, themes such as:

  • Components of DX
  • Empirical studies on DX
  • Methodological aspects of DX research
  • Factors contributing to DX
  • How to support good DX
  • How to design and apply experiential aspects and gamification for enhanced DX
  • How to observe and manage DX in different kinds of environments
  • Impacts on and consequences of good and bad DX
  • Solutions to support good DX

Games and Gamification

The culture, development and business of games has become increasingly varied. The current trends range from virtual reality and wearable gaming to freemium business models and serious games. Games research is a multidisciplinary field featuring diverse approaches to understand the phenomenon of games and play.

Academic MindTrek has an inclusive approach in the Games track focusing on novel, innovative and even unorthodox games research from theoretical works, empirical case studies to constructive projects. The Games track themes include, but are not limited to, the following subject areas:

  • Design (interaction, mechanics, interfaces...)
  • Evaluation (game experience, playability, usability...)
  • Development (production, tools, engines, AI, audiovisual...)
  • Business (digital distribution, crowdfunding, revenue models, virtual goods...)
  • Platforms (online, social, mobile, desktop…)
  • Technology (virtual, augmented, mixed, and altered reality…)
  • Serious games (education, health, persuasive, simulations...)
  • Gamification (motivation, effects, case studies…)
  • eSports (culture, streaming, fandom…)
  • Hybrid games (digital-physical, board games, toys…)
  • Online gambling (lottery, casino, betting…)
  • Players (demographics, inclusivity, accessibility…)
  • Indie (innovation, modding, transgressive…)

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed reality

Mixed reality refers to merging of real and digital realms in order to produce new environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact in real time.

We consider this broadly, covering both purely virtual realities, as well as augmented reality, where the perception of the real world is enhanced with digital content. With new technologies for capturing, modelling, simulating and tracking the reality and for producing realistic hybrids of the real and digital, this field provides immense opportunities for novel applications in all areas of life. The main focus on this track is on the interactions between technology and its users rather than the technological enablers. Therefore, we welcome submissions related to, e.g.:

  • Prototypes of applications or devices for virtual or augmented reality.
  • Designing, prototyping, and evaluating experiences and applications/services for AR/MR/VR.
  • Studies of user perceptions, user experience and acceptance of new mixed reality technology.
  • Methods and processes for producing mixed reality environments.
  • Augmenting human perception and activity with mixed reality technology.
  • User interface solutions for mixed reality interactions.

Collaboration, Literacies and Multimedia Technologies in Education

Education is increasingly using tools and solutions to support learning and collaboration on mobile, online and distance platforms and with related applications. Furthermore, various types of multimedia technologies and solutions can be used in educational context, including rapidly emerging technological enablers such as AR/MR/VR. From the perspective of education, media and technologies foster the question of developing skills, especially media and information literacies and multi-literacies among pupils, students and other users. This kind of media education is relevant for the development of education curricula across all levels, especially for children and young people.

We welcome submissions on the collaboration and multimedia technologies, platforms, solutions, and trials in classroom, mobile, online, and distance learning contexts as well as in developing and rural regions. Submissions related to skills and literacies related multimedia technologies are welcome as well. Theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions are welcome on design, prototyping, development, evaluation, and actual use of tools, solutions, and multimedia technologies and created data from lab to real life context. The submissions can address contexts such as daycare, schools and higher education, as well as in professional development in continuing education, MOOCs, or in informal learning contexts. Learners’ or educators’ viewpoint, or the educational aspects and goals can also be covered in the submissions, for example.

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Participation

Crowdsourcing and citizen participation have become part of everyday activities in media and organizational landscape. Crowds or citizens, can solve problems, create, contribute, share, and analyze multimedia content and data, and participate, provide their needs and perceptions, and influence decision making. Crowds contributing to open data can enable creating innovative applications, new multimedia forms, novel business models and platforms by utilizing the emerging opportunities.

This track welcomes submissions on using crowdsourcing and citizen participation in organizational, NGOs, multimedia and open data landscape. Submissions can include design, development, evaluation and use of solutions and platforms and processes for supporting crowdsourcing and citizen participation. Topics related to the cross-section of multimedia or open data, and crowdsourcing or citizen participation, such as gamification, motivation, incentives, privacy, as well as design and evaluation by using crowdsourcing and citizen participation are welcome to this track.

Open Data and Data Science

Accessing, creating, analyzing and utilizing good-quality data plays a central role in the development of the digital economy. The exponential accumulation of data, both sensor-based and user-created, opens new avenues for applications in, for example, various industry sectors, science, management, E-Government and E-Learning, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and knowledge work. But what data is interesting and where does it come from? How to access it, analyze it, make sense of it, or to build applications or ecosystems based on it?

We are looking for submissions that address the challenges and opportunities related to Open data, Data science and Big Data. The submissions can, e.g., introduce computational methods for analyzing, visualizing or acquiring various types of data, envision opportunities for or present developed applications that utilize open data, describe and analyse new (open) data sets, or present procedures for extracting insight from various data. In addition to the usual scientific peer-review criteria, the evaluation of submissions about new data sets includes novelty, design and availability.

New Forms of Journalism and Media

The hottest topic in journalism and publishing industry in recent years has been the “mobile first” approach. This means that particularly in the news media focus has shifted more and more from print or desktop-oriented publishing to mobile-first strategies. Smartphones and tablets enhanced with the publications presence in social media are now at the core as the news media tries to meet its audience and customers at first hand. Engaging the audience with the help of these new tools is increasingly important also for non-news media, such as traditional magazines.

This track focuses on new and emerging forms of creating, distributing and presenting journalism in this new era. We have an emphasis on visual forms of storytelling and engaging audiences. This doesn’t mean other forms or genres of journalism and media are excluded.

We welcome submissions related to, e.g. use of online video, multimedia and data visualization projects in journalism, news mobile services, innovative ways of utilizing time lapse, hyper lapse, web videos, metadata, interactivity and news games. We are particularly interested in papers discussing the use and experiences of augmented, mixed and virtual reality and omnidirectional video in journalism and immersive storytelling.

Theater, Performance and Media

Discussions on the mediatization of performance and the use of theories and methods of Theatre and performance studies in media research enable new analytic paths to questions of cultural activity and representation. Human actions in the media, and the automated, semi-automated or computer-controlled processes used in creative practices generate unforeseen modes of performativity.

Consequently, the fields of art and media now promote a culture of participation that calls for critical notions of transformative identity, new forms of co-creation and open performative environments, as represented by the many platforms of social media and emerging forms of non-linear/non-human game play. As components of user-centered ecologies and economies, these mostly digital phenomena suggest a cultural milieu where communicative processes, environments of operation, and shared or individual experiences are constantly performed and re-performed (created) by their users. The theater, performance and media track welcomes papers that discuss (but are not necessarily limited to) the following topics:

  • The use of media in performance Digital/ non-digital/ hybrid performance
  • Performances in specific media environments
  • The performative aspects of media
  • Performances in video games and other virtual environments
  • The use of Motion Capture and other real time technologies in performance
  • Live streaming of theatre performances
  • Non-human performativity

Enhancing Work in Socio-technological Environments

Digitalization changes the ways of working making it polychronic, and multitasking is almost a standard. Technological tools enable asynchronicity, spatial dispersion, and mobility. Work is no longer bound to time or place, and working environments in the digital era differ from those before. In the context of work this means using technological tools to enhance performing tasks and, especially, to support co-creation. Knowledge work is particularly dependent on interacting with other actors, and thus working in close co-operation is a central determinant of work. Working in different socio-technical settings can take forms of one-to-one, one-to-many or many-to-many communication.

The tools to support and enhance co-creation need to take this diversity into account. In this context the term tool refers to several solutions ranging from single technological applications, through processes and ways of work to wider platforms, and even social constructs and norms. So far, quite little is known about the practical working methods of knowledge workers, especially when the work is highly collaborative. The aim of the track is to present novel approaches on research of socio-digital working environments. The underlying theme is information ergonomics, yet it covers many disciplines and perspectives. The track welcomes methodological, theoretical and empirical papers on contemporary work settings.

New ways of personal knowledge management are also needed. How can a knowledge worker find and extract the knowledge meaningful for his work from the abundant mass made available by digitalization? What are the effects of digitalization to productivity, performance, and well-being? Digitalization also molds information practices: how does this effect keep up with work? Digitalization of work has also been criticized for, for example, declining attention span, dislocation of information, stressed-out personnel, information security risks, and not living up to expectations in general. Therefore, if digitalization is not the answer, what is? Moreover, why would non-digital way of working be better?

The topics of this track may include but are not restricted to:

  • Effects on productivity and well-being
  • New ways of working
  • Digital creativity
  • Supporting technologies in knowledge work
  • Information ergonomics
  • Affordance of tools
  • Social aspects and collaboration
  • Creating value
  • If not digitally, then how?

Organizers

 

Academic Mindtrek Conference Chair

Markku Turunen, University of Tampere

Program Chairs

Heli Väätäjä, Tampere University of Technology
Janne Paavilainen, University of Tampere
Thomas Olsson, SIGCHI Finland and Tampere University of Technology

Proceedings

Silvia Rubio Hernandez, University of Tampere

Local Arrangement Chair and Conference Management

Jenna Tuominen, COSS

Mindtrek Conference Chair

Timo Väliharju, COSS

Local organizers

Esa Sirkkunen, University of Tampere

Fabian Fagerholm, University of Helsinki

Jussi Okkonen, University of Tampere

Mari Pienimäki, University of Tampere

Mikko Kanninen, University of Tampere

For more info, contact academic.info@mindtrek.org

Technical Program Committee

To be announced later.

Key Dates

 

Call for papers is open - Submit Here
Submission deadline: 21st May
Acceptance/Rejection notification: July 14th
Copyright forms: August 14th
Conference registration/Camera-ready papers: August 21st

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about Academic Mindtrek, please contact academic.info@mindtrek.org