Embarrassing Interactions: A CHI 2015 Workshop

No matter whether mobile devices, ubiquitous computing, intercultural HCI, public interfaces, interactive art, experimental games, social computing, or robots and virtual agents: wherever new technologies disturb or merge situational norms and audiences, embarrassment is likely. As such, (fear of) embarrassment presents a fundamental adoption and engagement hurdle for any interactive system, but also a design space for experimental interfaces.

This one-day workshop, co-located with CHI 2015 in Seoul, convenes researchers, artists, and designers to share and advance the current state of knowledge on embarrassment in HCI, and chart an agenda for future work. We especially invite participants from different cultures to enable cross-cultural dialogue, and work and prototypes testable on site.

Topics of Special Interest

  • Forms, causes, conditions, processes of embarrassment in HCI
  • Cultural differences in embarrassment; embarrassment in intercultural HCI and interactive systems crossing cultures
  • Design for reducing embarrassment as an undesired experience and hurdle to adoption and engagement
  • Design for embarrassment as a desired experience in artistic, educational, activist interactive systems


Interested authors should submit a 3-4 page position paper in the CHI extended abstract format together with a 50-word biography via Easychair at easychair.org/conferences/?conf=embarassing15. Practitioners can alternatively submit a presentation. We also invite researchers, artists, and designers to submit works that relate to embarrassment and can be engaged with during the workshop. The organizing committee will review submissions and select up to 20 based on relevance, quality, and diversity of inputs. Papers, presentations, work descriptions, and biographies will be published online on the workshop site.At least one author of each accepted contribution needs to register for the workshop and for one or more days of the conference. See How to submit for details.

Important Dates

January 2 19, 2015: Submission deadline
February 2, 2015: Notification of acceptance
April 18, 2015: Workshop