Enhancing Self-Reflection with Wearable Sensors – Workshop

Extended deadline for 2 – 4 page paper submissions!

Are you interested in Self-reflection Methods, Sensor technology and research in the wild? Would you like to explore ways of amalgamating these methodologies in understanding technology, interactions and human behaviour? Do you want to get a chance to publish in a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction ( IJMHCI)?

Then, come and join us for the ACM MobileHCI 2014 Workshop “Enhancing Self-Reflection with Wearable Sensors” (, which will be held in Toronto Canada on 23rd September 2014 (    Please see below for the full Call for Participation.

Enhancing Self-Reflection with Wearable Sensors” Workshop at ACM MobileHCI 2014 Conference, Toronto, Canada

Deadline: 16th June 2014

The best paper from the workshop will be published in a special issue of International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction ( IJMHCI)

Please email your submission in PDF format to Genovefa Kefalidou ( by Monday 16th June 2014.

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the ACM MobileHCI 2014 Conference, held in Toronto, Canada 23-26th September 2014.
Please direct all enquiries to: Genovefa Kefalidou, The University of Nottingham –


Advances in ubiquitous technologies have changed the way humans interact with the world around them. Technology has the power not only to inform and perform but also to further peoples’ experiences of the world. It has enhanced the methodological approaches within the CHI research realm in terms of data gathering (e.g. via wearable sensors) and sharing (e.g. via self-reflection methods). While such methodologies have been mainly adopted in isolation, exploring the implications and the synergy of them has yet to be fully explored. This workshop brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers to explore and experience the use of wearable sensors with self reflection as a multi-method approach to conduct research and fully experience the world on-the-go.

CfP for Paper Submissions

Studying behavior is critical in designing user-centred technologies as it can provide insights as to how to evaluate interventions. Data collection ‘in the wild’ lies in the heart of CHI providing knowledge regarding human behavior and leading to re-visiting existing methods and introducing new synergized methods for conducting research on-the-go. However, synthesizing such methodologies may pose challenges regarding the validity, reliability and appropriateness of the data collected as the blending between data collection and data ‘living’ becomes more apparent. This workshop will bring together researchers, academics and other professionals from different disciplines and research themes with an aim to discuss and exchange experiences of using such methods and identify associated implications, potentials for new synergies and, thus, new methodological tools and challenges. We wish to understand how we can enhance and augment existing methods of self-reflection with wearable sensors to help improve our understanding of individuals’ behavior, choices and technology implications.

Participants will be selected based on the successful submission and review of a 2-4 page position paper. The paper should provide a critical discussion on their use and experience of sensor and/or self-reflection data collection methods, highlighting the context of use, the specific methods adopted and critical outcomes. At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop. All participants must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

The best paper from the workshop will be recommended to publish in a special issue of International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction ( IJMHCI)

Please email your submission in PDF format to Genovefa Kefalidou ( by 16th June 2014.

Practical information

All workshop participant need to register for both the workshop and the conference.

The participation fees are likely to be similar to the last years’ MobileHCI 2013:


non-member:  €645 (early bird)/€760 (regular) 

student non-member: €320 (early bird)/€360 (regular)

workshop:  €115 (early bird)/€150 (regular). 


There will be also an opportunity to register for one day of the conference instead of all three days. 

We are looking forward to see you in Toronto.

Please get in touch for any further information. 

The Organisers

Genovefa Kefalidou is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within Horizon and Human Factors, University of Nottingham. Her research interests lie in exploring human factors in interactive and innovative systems. She is conducting research using selfreflection and sensors methods in HCI, Digital Economy, Engineering, Culture and Education.

Paul Kelly is a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford. His research focuses around physical activity and exercise, and the promotion of these behaviors. He also studies the exposure measures and techniques for assessing, quantifying and understanding physical activity and its determinants.

Alan Dix is Professor at University of Birmingham and Senior Researcher at Talis. He is author of one of the key textbooks in HCI. His interests are eclectic from formalization to physicality, creativity to community engagement. He recently walked round Wales as an academic, social and personal journey.

Xu Sun is a Lecturer in Product Design and Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China. Her research interests involve exploring self-reflection for serendipitous information seeking, computer supported cooperative work, transportation management and energy consumption.

Anya Skatova is a Research Fellow in Social Psychology at Horizon, University of Nottingham. Her background is in personality and psychology of individual choice. In June 2013 she organized a one-day workshop Diary Studies and Digital Technology at Horizon. Her on-going projects feature diary methods to study individual choices in real life settings.

Michael Brown is Human Factors Research Fellow at University of Nottingham. His interests lie in method development and exploring human factors in data driven technologies. He is involved in multiple projects exploring the social impact of ubiquitous data capture.

James Pinchin is a Research Fellow at Horizon, University of Nottingham conducting research in context aided positioning systems, especially applied to low cost sensor technologies. His research includes developing pedestrian indoor positioning systems for the observation of behavior in clinical settings.

Victoria Shipp is a Research Fellow in User-Centred Design at Horizon, University of Nottingham. Her research is in the uses of ethnography and mixed-methods in the design process utilising wearable cameras for gathering self-reflection data both through interviews and online diaries.