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Special Issue "Sustainable Human-Computer Interaction Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 May 2021) | Viewed by 3763

Special Issue Editors

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bologna, Bologna, 40126, Italy
Interests: Human-Computer Interaction; Human-Object interaction; IoT and smart objects; user-centered design; Inclusive design.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bologna, Via Zamboni, 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: geographical HCI; sustainable HCI; mobile HCI; social and pervasive sensing; personalized and smart mobility; crowdsourcing/crowdsensing; frugal innovation
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability and sustainable development are extremely critical issues in modern society. Sustainability is the term employed for the practice of ensuring that goods and services are produced in ways that do not use resources that cannot be replaced. This concept can be extended to any environmental, political and socio-economical system, becoming a global concern that has been highlighted in several different research agendas. Accordingly, in 2015, the general assembly of the United Nations defined a universal call to action, defining 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressed not only to governments but also to businesses and civil society. The agenda goes to the heart of tackling a number of interrelated global issues such as poverty, inequality, hunger, and environmental degradation.

In this scenario, the research area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) plays a key role in designing and developing software artifacts and practices aimed to achieve the SDGs and, more in general, to create awareness about these global issues. In fact, on the one hand, HCI can drive and enhance the behavior of individuals, including communities and stakeholders, towards sustainability. On the other hand, HCI can inform the sustainable design and deployment of software artifacts and infrastructures, keeping into consideration sustainability issues.

This Special Issue will contribute to an integrated understanding of the relevance of HCI methodologies and practices in the design and development of sustainable infrastructures and tools, engaging communities and stakeholders, in critical initiatives to foster sustainable development. Contributors from different fields are invited to submit their articles on this topic, presenting how HCI researchers and practitioners can contribute to the broader research on developing sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Silvia Mirri
Prof. Dr. Catia Prandi
Guest Editors

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  • Sustainable HCI
  • Frugal innovation
  • Human-object interaction
  • Rural IoT
  • Applications for social good
  • New HCI paradigms for sustainable development
  • Natural and ubiquitous interfaces
  • Blockchain for sustainable development
  • More-than-human smart city
  • Crowdsourcing/crowdsensing for sustainable development
  • Gameful activity for sustainable development
  • Citizen science

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23 pages, 3955 KiB  
Can HCI Help Increase People’s Engagement in Sustainable Development? A Case Study on Energy Literacy
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7543; - 06 Jul 2021
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The adoption of energy efficiency practices and increased penetration of renewable energy sources in the power system are estimated to play a key role in the decarbonization of the energy sector, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately fight climate change. To foster [...] Read more.
The adoption of energy efficiency practices and increased penetration of renewable energy sources in the power system are estimated to play a key role in the decarbonization of the energy sector, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately fight climate change. To foster energy transition, energy education initiatives should primarily target the citizens and be designed adopting a User-Centered Design (UCD) approach and HCI methodologies. This paper describes how UCD/HCI can inform the design of citizens’ energy education initiatives by presenting a case study—the development of an information platform targeting Madeiran citizens. The article describes the design process, from ideation to prototype and validation. Methods used in each phase (card sorting, semi-structured interviews, brainstorming sessions, think-aloud protocol and surveys) are described. Results of each phase and how they have informed the following steps are presented, together with a detailed description of the resulting information platform and initial results in terms of acceptance and interaction with the system. Our initial results support the hypothesis that adopting an HCI perspective can nurture the development of energy education initiatives targeting citizens, bringing a user-centered approach to the design of such initiatives. Full article
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