Interaction Between Nearby Strangers: Serendipity and Playfulness

Susanna Paasovaara, Andrés Lucero, Martin Porcheron, Janne Paavilainen, Dzmitry Aliakseyeu, Thomas Olsson

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    Abstract

    "Nearby strangers" provides an interestingly paradoxical space for interaction design. There are various social norms, cultural practices, and privacy concerns hindering interaction with nearby strangers, but by ignoring them, people constantly miss social opportunities. Technology enabling ad-hoc interactions between co-located people has been explored for years in research but real-life applications are still rare. The potential focus areas include increasing awareness of social possibilities: light-weight playful interactions, play and gaming: serendipitous and ad hoc social interaction: anonymous exchange of content: matching interests for various purposes: icebreakers and provocation to interact, and ambient representation of the nearby strangers.

    This workshop convenes researchers and practitioners to gather and advance the state of research on interactions between nearby strangers. We aim to explore this design space and collaboratively identify new research and design opportunities that novel communication technology creates.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
    PublisherACM
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4763-1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventNORDIC CONFERENCE ON HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2016 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceNORDIC CONFERENCE ON HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
    Period1/01/16 → …

    Keywords

    • Collocated Interaction
    • icebreaking
    • match making
    • proximity-based interaction
    • social encouragement
    • unfamiliar people

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

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    • University of Southern Denmark

      Paasovaara, S. (Visitor)

      1 Mar 201631 May 2016

      Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit abroad

    • NordiCHI '16 Workshop

      Paasovaara, S. (Organiser)

      2016 → …

      Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial

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