Special Issue "Interaction Design and the Automated City – Emerging Urban Interfaces, Prototyping Approaches and Design Methods"

A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022 | Viewed by 538

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marius Hoggenmueller
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Guest Editor
Design Lab, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: interaction design; human–computer interaction; prototyping; urban robots; smart cities; urban interfaces; media architecture
Dr. Martin Tomitsch
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Guest Editor
Design Lab, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: interaction design; human–computer interaction; prototyping; urban robots; smart cities; urban interfaces; media architecture
Dr. Jessica R. Cauchard
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Magic Lab, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva 84105, Israel
Interests: human–computer interaction, human–robot interaction, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, drones
Dr. Luke Hespanhol
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Design Lab, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: interaction design; human–computer interaction; media architecture; urban informatics; placemaking; urban robotics
Dr. Maria Luce Lupetti
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Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, 2628 Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: interaction design; critical design research; responsible AI; service robots; automated driving systems; future cities
Dr. Ronald Schroeter
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Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
Interests: automotive user interfaces; autonomous driving; intelligent transport systems; road safety; games; augmented reality; user experience research
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Dr. Sharon Yavo-Ayalon
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Adjunct Assistant Professor Columbia GSAPP. Post-Doctoral Associate, The Future Automation Research Lab, Cornell Tech, New York City, NY 10044, USA
Interests: social sustainbility; visualizations; simulations; community engagment; smart cities; urban HRI
Dr. Alexander Wiethoff
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Ludwig-Maximilians, University of Munich (LMU), 80539 Munich, Germany
Interests: interaction design for artificial intelligence; flexible and organic user interfaces; media architecture; experience prototyping
Dr. Stewart Worrall
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Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: urban robots; autonomous vehicle design; human–computer interaction; computer perception; artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ongoing advances in computing, sensing, and network technologies pave the way for the increasing introduction of autonomous cyber–physical systems in cities. These technologies, which include autonomous vehicles of various kinds such as driverless cars, ground robots, and drones, promise to transform urban mobility and automate services. However, a key to the successful uptake of autonomous vehicles is public acceptance and trustworthiness. This requires interaction designers and HCI researchers to define new interfaces that allow people to interact with those nonhuman agents, thereby considering aspects of usability and user experience, but also understanding the ethical and sociotechnical implications. For example, in the context of autonomous driving, researchers have begun to investigate the use of multimodal interfaces to enable communication between driverless cars and pedestrians. There is an increasing demand for new prototyping approaches to inform and evaluate near-future interfaces with both users and bystanders, as well as for design research methods to interrogate the roles and perspectives of nonhuman agents in cities. 

The aim of this Special Issue is to advance the understanding of the interaction design space in the automated city, thereby shedding light on the nature of interaction with urban robots and autonomous city infrastructures. We are looking for original research that makes contributions to the topic in the form of new concepts, theories, empirical results, methodologies, or the documentation of design artefacts. Aiming to draw the larger picture of this design space, we are welcoming research that focuses on utilitarian as well as more speculative application areas alike. Potential topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Multimodal interfaces that support communication and interaction between autonomous vehicles and people (e.g., in shared spaces);
  • New robotic applications and interfaces for more desirable urban futures; 
  • Context-based interface prototyping approaches to inform, design and evaluate complex urban technologies;
  • Human-centred and explainable artificial intelligence for urban ground and aerial robots and autonomous city infrastructures;
  • Design methods, tools, and techniques for the creation of autonomous urban HCI / HRI systems;
  • Evaluation methods and tools for autonomous urban HCI / HRI systems;
  • Design artefacts that explore and capture the experiential qualities of interaction with urban robots;
  • Frameworks and theories relevant to the human-centred/more-than-human-centred design of the automated city (e.g., considering human and non-human actants);
  • Frameworks to inform urban transition towards automated systems and to support the coexistence of multiple levels of automations;
  • Community engagement in the development of autonomous urban HCI / HRI systems for more equitable and inclusive cities (e.g., using AVs, AI, robotic applications and interfaces to reduce inequalities in cities);
  • Ethical dimensions and implications of the automated city.

Dr. Marius Hoggenmueller
Dr. Martin Tomitsch
Dr. Jessica R. Cauchard
Dr. Luke Hespanhol
Dr. Maria Luce Lupetti
Dr. Ronald Schroeter
Dr. Sharon Yavo-Ayalon
Dr. Alexander Wiethoff
Dr. Stewart Worrall
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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