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09:00 - 5:00pm

25th April 2020

CHI 2020 Hawaii


Location TBA


With the rise of smart cities, the IoT, smart meters/grids and autonomous vehicles, people’s ordinary everyday actions leave increasingly intimate portraits of their habits and preferences. These personal data trails urgently necessitate the attention of designers who are tasked with acquainting users with how, where and when their personal data is collected, and the inferences that may be drawn from these traces.

This one-day workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to develop strategies for designing around emergent personal data trails. The purpose is to share knowledge and engage participants in the design of conventions, tools and mechanisms for safely and informedly managing and navigating emergent and near-future personal data trails.

We invite submissions from a wide range of researchers who are: (a) Working broadly in the space(s) of smart cities, smart homes, present/future energy systems, conservation, IoT, computer vision, autonomous vehicles or related research areas who are keen to engage (or are already engaged) in the data trails and privacy/consent/surveillance aspects of these topics -OR - (b) Working broadly on informed consent, privacy, surveillance, personal data management of existing data trails in an unrelated field who are keen to engage (or are already engaged) smart city/smart home/smart energy futures.

We invite visual responses to the call. Prospective workshop participants are encouraged to submit a 2-8 page pictorial that outlines a position around a present or future data trail(s) broadly relevant to smart cities. Pictorials must be submitted in SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format, as a PDF less than 15MB. Submit your paper by email to Steve Snow- s.snow@uq.edu.au by 11:59pm PST 18/02/2020.

Stephen Snow
Research Fellow,
University of Queensland

Steve's research involves mixed methods research into privacy and consent aspects of future energy systems, the user-centred design of visualisations for improving energy awareness and consumer/network relations. 

Awais Hameed Khan
Design Researcher,
University of Queensland 

Awais specialises in design futures (Design Fiction, Speculative Design, Critical Design) and has worked in Brand Management for Unilever before moving to the University of Queensland. 

Stephen Viller
Associate Professor,
University of Queensland

Stephen Viller is a researcher and educator in people centred design methods, particularly applied to the design of social, domestic and mobile computing technologies and understanding people in their everyday settings. He has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Interaction Design, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Ben Matthews
Senior Lecturer,
University of Queensland

Ben Matthews researches the human and social aspects of designing technologies. He has worked in a range of design domains with various industry partners: audiology (Oticon), diabetes care (Novo Nordisk), domestic Internet of Things devices, industrial components (Danfoss), passport processing (DFAT), remote mental health services, toys and play (Lego Group, Kompan).

Ewa Luger
Chancellor's Fellow in Digital Arts and Humanities,
University of Edinburgh

Ewa is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Digital Arts and Humanities, a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (Ethical AI by Design: Formalising an HCI agenda), a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research UK (AI and Ethics), and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) co-ordinator for Design. Her work explores applied ethical issues within the sphere of machine intelligence and data-driven systems including ethical AI and consent.

James Pierce
Assistant Prof. at California College of the Arts,
Researcher at UC Berkeley

Pierce has longstanding research interests in speculative design, design theory, sustainable design, and everyday social practices. His current research investigates issues of privacy, cybersecurity, trust, and fairness with emerging interactive, connected, and artificially intelligent technologies. He has previously worked at the Palo Alto Research Centre investigating smart home and sustainable energy.

Richard Gomer
Product Director, Consentua. Researcher,
University of Southampton.

Richard leads the vision and development of consent management platform, Consentua, helping clients build trustworthy relationships with their customers and comply with their data protection obligations. At the University of Southampton, Richard's research focuses on Privacy, Data Protection, Consent, Values-by-Design and the implications of bounded rationality on design, and building links with policy makers, politicians and government.

Dorota Filipczuk
PhD Candidate, Informed Consent
University of Southampton

A former Google software intern, Dorota researches consent mechanisms for mobile applications, including consent mechaisms and game design to improve cyber security literacy within organisation.

Scott Heiner
PhD Candidate,
University of Queensland

Scott's research explores provocations on how users could regain control of their personal data, as well as formal methods applied to concurrent hybrid software.

09:00 - 09:15

Opening and Introduction

Welcome to participants, introduction of organisers, introduce purpose of workshop, and justify clustering of presentation topics.
09:15 - 10:45


Authors present their work in topic clustered groups, with five minutes per participant. Other participants have post-it notes and butchers paper to annotate.
10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15

Discussion and Organisation

Key findings with regard to management, navigation and informed consent of personal data trails are distilled, and three working groups are synergised.
12:15 - 13:15


(Participants encouraged to attend informal lunch at Convention Centre's rooftop.)
13:15 - 14:15

Journey Mapping

Participants map out context-specific journeys, and possible attack surfaces of data leakage, risk or consequence. This will include a visual mapping outlining these journeys. These will be presented to the group.
14:15 - 15:45

Signs, Signals and Signifiers

Based on the above journeys, attack surfaces, and user information, signs, signals and signifiers are designed with the intention to acquaint users with these emergent data trails.
15:45 - 16:05

Coffee Break

16:05 - 17:15

Signs, Signals and Signifiers (Part 2)

Comparing and translating individual group signs, signals and signifier mock-ups, participants will discuss overlaps, redundancies and converging ideas.
17:15 - 17:30


After facilitators wrap up, further work and the development of a community of practice will be discussed. Opportunities for further collaboration will be highlighted.

For more detailed information about the schedule of events, click here.

The list of currently accepted papers is below.

(None as of yet.)


1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States

From April 25th to 30th, CHI will take place in beautiful Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, Hawaiʻi, USA.