CHI 2021 Workshop on User Experience for Multi-Device Ecosystems: Challenges and Opportunities

Smart devices have pervaded every aspect of humans’ daily lives, with an increasing number of personal devices such as smartphone, tablets, watches, smart speakers, and laptops.With this emerging diverse multi-device ecology of smart devices, it remains challenging for users to best utilize devices for different tasks, partially due to inconsistent UI styles, unclear coordination, varying fidelity, lack of understanding intent, or limited data sharing and security. Therefore, in this workshop we want to address challenges for redesigning the UX tailored to multi-device ecosystems, to enhance the user experience and leverage new opportunities for cross-device UX design.

Themes and Goals

This workshop aims to serve as a meeting point for worldwide researchers of multiple fields including HCI, ubiquitous computing, AI, physiology etc. to share new ideas and experiences, discuss about the challenges and explore future directions related to distributed UX.We invite submissions on a wide range of multi-device UX research topics, including, but not limited to:

  •  Models, methodologies and tools for multi-device UX design
  •  Intent, emotion and other social factors affecting UX in multi-device scenarios
  •  Feelings of control, autonomy, competence, connectedness, and resonance in multi-device ecosystem
  •  Future intelligent and multi-modal UIs in a multi-device scenario
  •  Evaluation methods and challenges for multi-device UX
  •  Interactive multimedia for cross-device environment
  •  UX adaptation and migration techniques
  •  Multiple users and users with different abilities in a multi-device ecosystem
  •  Contextual multi-device UX studies


We solicit stimulating, original, previously unpublished ideas on completed work, position papers, and/or work-inprogress papers. Potential participants are asked to submit 2-4 page position papers in the form of ACM Master Article Submission Templates (Single Column). You can download the templates from: Word/Latex/Overleaf. Please submit your paper via the EasyChair system. Submissions will be accepted based on the originality and relevance of their chosen topic, as well as the potential contribution to the workshop. Papers will be peer reviewed by the workshop's Program Committee.

At the Workshop

The number of participants is restricted to 25. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and for one day of the conference itself. Participants will be invited to present a position statement at the workshop. We further encourage papers that propose new research directions or could generate lively debate at the workshop.

Important Dates

• Release call for workshop position papers: 7 December, 2020

Submission deadline: 7 March, 2021 (extended)

• Acceptance notification: 11 March, 2021

• Camera-ready deadline: 16 March, 2021

• Workshop day: Sunday 9 May, 2021 (TBD)