4th International Workshop on Physicality

Co-located with British HCI 2012 conference
11 September 2012, University of Birmingham, UK

Physicality 2012 was 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. The body parts used for interaction stretch out from the finger to the palm, arm and even the whole body.

This multi-disciplinary workshop brought together researchers from industry and academia. It sought to include designers and technologists, artists and architects, researchers in tangible interaction and organic user interfaces, psychologists, philosophers and social scientists: those who are excited by learning from the latest works and experiences in this field.

Keynote Address

Fabian Hemmert

Embodied Interactions

Fabian’s work includes mobiles that change shape, shift weight and beat like a heart and has been reported widely including several TED talks.

Presentations and Sessions

NUI-based Floor Navigation – A Case StudyUlrich 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 Sessions
Exploring productive interdisciplinary communications for collaborative design

Led by Stephen Forshaw


Alan Dix (Talis and University of Birmingham)
Steve Gill (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Devina Ramduny-Ellis (University of Huddersfield)
Masitah Ghazali (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Programme Committee

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