Workshop on Participatory Design and the Humanist Landscape

Osaka, Japan # September 7-8, 2015 (right before UBICOMP and ISWC – Sept. 9-11)

Submissions due: June 19th, 2015



This workshop (held in conjunction with the UBICOMP 2015: The 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ISCW 2015: The 19th International Symposium on Wearable Computers) will bring together researchers and practitioners to reflect on the use of participatory design methods, especially in the context of design for wellbeing. Delegates will reflect both on the user experience of being part of such methods, and on the design team experience, in line with recent calls for reflexivity in HCI. The workshop will enable delegates to situate their practice in the broader context of humanistic psychotherapy research, and implications for research methodologies and professional development will be discussed. Delegates will experience and practice attitudes and tools (based on Interpersonal Process Recall) for reflection on team working and relational aspects of participatory design. The workshop will contribute to the development of a person-centred framework for participatory and co-design research.

The objectives of the two-day workshop are to:

The workshop is planned over two days to allow a mix of academic and experiential modes of working. Delegates are welcome from all design disciplines, but the workshop will be of most interest to those who have experience of participatory and co-design methods, or who have worked in mental health and wellbeing settings.

Participants should be prepared to work in groups (of three) and to reflect on their experiences, practices and disciplines; they should confirm if they are able to bring their own tablet computer for use in the workshop, with AV recording and playback capability. The number of participants will be limited to 18 delegates.


The workshop will be held in the Knowledge Capital Conference Rooms, inside Grand Front Osaka, on 7th and 8th September 2015. The main conference will be held at Knowledge Capital Congrès Convention Center, inside Grand Front Osaka, on 9th-11th September, 2015.

The 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015) will be held at Grand Front Osaka in Umeda, Osaka, Japan from Sep. 7-11, co-located with ISWC 2015.


Day One
09:30 Arrival and sign-in
10:00 Share experiences of participatory design practice and examine aspects of humanism in the methodologies via selected writings
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Small group discussions to map a range of approaches to the ‘human’ in co-design practices
15:00 Break
15:30 Group task to increase awareness of different modes of psychotherapy
16:30 Discussion on implications of these different modes for design research
17:30 Break
18:00 Encounter group session to discover attitudes and tools for reflection on team working and relational aspects of participatory design
19:00 Close
Day Two
09:30 Arrival and sign-in
10:00 Short presentation on Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) to discover attitudes and tools for reflection on team working and relationships within
11:00 Experiential demonstration of IPR by organisers to reflect on the user experience and on the experiences of design team members
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Delegates practice IPR in small groups using video footage from Day One activity to encourage reflection on the user experience
16:00 Break
16:15 Group activity to map participatory practices and appraise the potential of PCA in order to contribute to the development of a PCA framework
17:00 Close

Informal discussions (presented as ‘Check-ins’ and ‘Check-outs’) will begin and end each day as used in therapeutic practices. A ‘group agreement’ will also be developed, as a method used in therapeutic practice to allow individuals to voice their hopes and expectations of this experience. The group agreement is an informal contract amongst the people present and is usually visible throughout the whole session to describe how people want to be treated and what they expect to give.

The second day of the workshop will focus on the Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) method, which has been used in education research as well as therapeutic practices. In IPR, interaction is audio-video captured which is then replayed to the participant(s) who are encouraged to reflect verbally on what they were feeling, thinking and experiencing at any given moment. IPR consists of two roles: an ‘enquirer’ and a ‘recaller’ (or recallers) which will be facilitated in the workshops via group tasks.

See more at: http://aninternetofsoftthings.com/ubicompworkshop15


As an instrument of involving a broad spectrum of individual research opinions, this workshop promotes the submission of (4-page) position papers/reflections on early stage research for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library and supplemental proceedings of the conference, and the presentation of (10-min) position statements. Each position paper should be submitted as a single PDF file, not longer than four pages in length, containing a description of:



Workshop papers must be in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract format and be submitted by email to the organisers at: sarah.kettley@ntu.ac.uk.




Sarah Kettley (College of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University)
Richard Kettley (College of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University)
Matthew Bates (College of Arts and Science, Nottingham Trent University)



Submission Deadline:        June 19th, 2015

Notif. of Acceptance:         June 26th, 2015
Camera Ready Version:    July 7th, 2015

Authors of accepted position statements will have free admission to the workshop.



Email:                    sarah.kettley@ntu.ac.uk



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