TEI’17 invites proposals for one day Studios. These Studios will be held on Monday the 20th of March 2017.

Successful Studio proposals combine theoretical and practical aspects within the realm of (design) research. We welcome proposals for hands-on skills dissemination with a theoretical twist as well as proposals that dive deep into theory but consider a practical application. Demonstrating the connection of the theory to real-world contexts is of especial interest. We wish to teach both the hands and the mind although not necessarily in equal parts.

We ask Studio proposers to indicate where on the continuum of practical and theoretical skills their Studio proposal can be placed and provide some insights to whether theory will drive the practical or if through practical exploration, theory may be developed.

Studio proposals ideally accommodate around 15 participants and we encourage the Studios to be open to any conference participant although this is ultimately at the discretion of the proposers.

Each Studio will be represented by a 4-page extended abstract that will be included in the Proceedings and published in the ACM Digital Library. Organizers are also encouraged to arrange for later publications of a Studio intellectual and creative output where appropriate.

Studios provide experiences to embody (design) research by combining the practical and hands-on with academic debate/discussion around the chosen topic. We encourage new and enriching perspectives on the field of tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction and expect that proposers seek inspiration in the theme of the conference: ‘Scifi :: Reality’ as explained on the first page of the TEI’17 website.

The format of the 1 day Studio will include a 3 hour morning session and a 3 hour afternoon session on Monday, March, 20.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the conference and the Studio before the early registration deadline, in order for the Studio to be included in the conference program and the final 4-page Studio description to be published in the conference proceedings. Studio proposers are encouraged to recruit participants themselves. A minimum number of registered participants will be required for a Studio to take place. All participants will need to register for the Studio they are attending.


Submit a proposal as two documents (a “description” document and a “logistics” document) formatted according to the ACM Extended Abstract guidelines (see below)

DESCRIPTION document (4 pages maximum):

The ACM formatted Description Document Template contains detailed descriptions and examples of the expected contents for each part

LOGISTICS document (4 pages maximum):

The ACM formatted Logistics Document Template contains detailed descriptions and examples of the expected contents for each part


Submissions should be in the Extended Abstract format. They must be in PDF file format.


The review process will take into account the organizers’ ability to clearly articulate a plan for a Studio that will provoke discussion of TEI-related issues and/or lead to a rich hands-on experience. Additional criteria are: the expected community interest level in the topic, available equipment, how the topics and processes covered complement other studio offerings and offer a Studio within the continuum of practical and theoretical skills. The Studio Chairs may suggest organizers of submissions that are similar in topic to collaborate on a joint session. In order for the Studio extended abstract to appear in the conference proceedings, at least on organizer of each Studio must register for the conference and their Studio, and organizers must have secured the commitment of a minimum number of participants to attend, by the early registration deadline.

Before the Conference
At the Conference

Organizers are responsible for setting up the Studio before the start of the session, leading discussions and sustaining participation.

After the Conference

It is encouraged that you communicate your Studio results to a larger audience after the conference. In addition to any presentations, you may make material available about the event for public consumption, self-promotion, and promotion of TEI conferences (after consent of your participants should you be showing their likeness through photos/videos and if showing their Studio projects). This material can range from online photos and videos, design documents and/or schematics, a blog, or a report for publication in an ACM Bulletin, or a similar venue.


Please submit your proposals via e-mail to the Studio Chairs by 16 Aug 2016, 11:59 pm PDT.


If you have further questions about Studios/Workshops for TEI’17, contact the Studio Chairs Katrin Wolf and Tsutomu Terada.