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Welcome to TEI 2019

TEI 2019 is the 13th annual conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. It will be held 17th to 20th March, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

The ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) addresses issues of human-computer interaction, novel tools and technologies, interactive art, and user experience. The work presented at TEI has a strong focus on how computing can bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations, and performances.

Theme: Hybrid Materials

Over the past few years, TEI research has increasingly embraced hybridity, whether through material explorations of composites such as bioelectronic, on-body, or active materials, or theoretical inquiries into socio-technical systems as hybrid assemblies. Not confined to a single approach, we have seen advancements in new materials—such as conductive and thermochromic inks, OLEDs, biosensors, or bioelectronics—which have helped to embed computing in the physical world. Simultaneously, comparisons between tangible computing and crafting traditions—such as crocheting or weaving—have served to destabilize assumptions about ‘low’ and ‘high’ technologies, the cultures that surround them, and even which communities have been able to participate in the discussion. These hybrid, materially-oriented approaches are radically changing our understanding of what tangible interaction looks and feels like. The theme of Hybrid Materials will continue to catalyze this exciting trend of tangible interaction research at the intersection of social, technical, biological, and artistic systems.

Venue: Tempe, Arizona

TEI 2019 will be held in Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant and growing Sonoran desert city. The main venue, the Tempe Mission Palms, is walking distance to the Arizona State University Campus and in the heart of Tempe shops, bars, and galleries. The conference rooms, AV services, catering, palm courtyard, and rooftop pool reception deck will offer a flexible meeting space for academic and social gatherings during the conference. In addition, TEI 2019 will host a performance program at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) to showcase selected work from the Arts Track. Overlooking the Tempe Town Lake, the TCA includes a beautiful reception area and a 600-seat performance hall to accommodate a range of performances and interactive experiences centered around the conference theme.

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