[Discuss] CFP (extended deadline): Fab at CHI: Digital Fabrication Tools, Design, and Community CHI 2013 Workshop

David A. Mellis dmellis at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 19:22:12 UTC 2013

** Submission deadline extended until January 18th. **


Call For Participation

Fab at CHI: Digital Fabrication Tools, Design, and Community 

Workshop at CHI 2013; April 28th, 2013; Paris, France



Digital fabrication is changing the way physical objects are designed, prototyped, and produced. It offers many opportunities for human-computer interaction (HCI) research and, in turn, HCI can broaden the accessibility and reach of digital fabrication. This workshop seeks to connect HCI researchers interested in digital fabrication and share their research with the broader community. The one-day workshop will include discussion and hands-on activities.

Workshop Submissions

Interested parties are invited to submit entries that can be featured as blog posts. These submissions can describe participants' research or discuss topics of relevance to the workshop. The text should be around 1000 to 1500 words, and should include images, videos, and links where appropriate.  A longer pdf in ACM CHI Extended Abstract format can be submitted in addition to the blog post, but it is not required.

Accepted submissions will be posted on the workshop website prior to the workshop in order to foster discussion among workshop participants and others. 

Topics of interest include:

Fabricated interfaces and devices
End user design of physical interfaces through fabrication
Personalized objects and interfaces
Design tools for fabrication
Tangible and augmented-reality design tools for fabrication
Interactive fabrication
Community support for digital fabrication
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through fabrication
Do-it-yourself interfaces and devices
Digital fabrication and craft
Participant-Led Activities

The second half of the workshop consists of two 90-minute sessions dedicated to activities suggested and led by individual workshop participants. Activities could include hands-on projects, tutorials, or extended brainstorming and discussion on a particular topic. Applicants interested in leading an activity during one or both 90-minute afternoon sessions should include a proposal in their workshop submission. We are working to coordinate access to some digital fabrication tools during the workshop.

Submission Details

Participants must submit materials as a pdf by January 18th, 2013 (note the extended deadline) and will be notified of acceptance by February 1st. Please email submissions to fabworkshop at media.mit.edu. 

Please note one participant per accepted submission is expected to attend and register for at least one day of the CHI conference. (See the registration page for the conference fees.)


David Mellis, MIT Media Lab

Sean Follmer, MIT Media Lab

Bjoern Hartmann, UC-Berkeley

Leah Buechley, MIT Media Lab

Mark D. Gross, CMU
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