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crafting urban camouflage: DIS2012


Date: 11 June, 2012
Location:DIS 2012, Newcastle, UK

As interactive systems become increasingly entwined with architecture and spaces become more able to detect the presence of individuals, should the need for control of visibility as a temporary personal state be a factor considered in interaction design?

This one-day workshop will take a playful approach to exploring how low-cost materials and tools can be used to manage personal visibility in monitored public space by designing and testing prototypes for rendering people invisible, using craft and physical hacks to explore the limits of computer vision tracking systems (OpenCV). By explicitly engineering modes of failure, we can learn how visibility and invisibility can be managed, while also considering potential improvements in robust tracking for interaction design.

Researchers and practitioners from the fields of art, design, ubiquitous computing, wearable computing, computer vision, architecture and social science who are interested in computational tracking technologies, strategies for managing personal visibility or design for hybrid public spaces are encouraged to apply. No prior knowledge or experience of computer tracking systems is required.

The deadline for submissions is 16 March 2012 23 March 2012.
Submissions should be sent to

Karen Martin ( CASE, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent )

Ben Dalton ( Faculty of Art, Environment & Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University )

Matt Jones ( Department of Computer Science, Swansea University )