Workshop on self-powered sustainable interfaces and interactions (SelfSustainableCHI 2020)

Workshop Overview

The continued proliferation of computing devices comes with an ever-increasing energy requirement, both during production and use. As awareness of the global climate emergency increases, self-powered and sustainable (Self-Sustainable) interactive devices are likely to play a valuable role. In this workshop we bring together researchers and practitioners from design, computer science, materials science, engineering and manufacturing industries working on this new area of endeavour. The workshop will provide a platform for participants to review and discuss challenges and opportunities associated with self-powered and sustainable interfaces and interactions, develop a design space and identify opportunities for future research.

The workshop will start with an introductory round and an overview of the grand challenges and opportunities in self-powered sustainable interfaces and interactions research. Then three phases will be used to drive an agenda for future research and innovation. These phases will be seeded by the participants’ position papers and prototypes.

  • Phase 1: Technological possibilities: This phase will concentrate on deepening understanding of the materials, methods, technologies available for self-powered interfaces and interactions.
  • Phase 2: Interface and Interaction Paradigm Shift: Given the emerging materials, methods, and technologies, this phase will explore the features of the new interaction paradigms that they afford. We will, for example, consider granularity of input/ output and interface dynamics (e.g. speed of response). We will also consider possible applications afforded by this paradigm shift, and highlight potential timescales for adoption.
  • Phase 3: Setting an agenda for transformation: The outcome of this phase will be a coherent set of research directions that will enable other researchers to pursue the goal of creating technological futures that will enable rich digital interactions through responsible and sustainability-orientated innovation.

  • Important Dates

    Call for Papers

    The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to the following: Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organisers and by selected reviewers. Accepted papers will then be hosted on the workshop web page. At least one author must attend the workshop and all participants are required to register for both the workshop and at least one day of the conference.

    Submission Guidelines

    All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:
  • Full papers (2-8 pages including references in CHI Extended Abstracts Format)
  • Demo papers (2 pages including references in CHI Extended Abstracts Format)

  • Acknowledgement of Funders

    With support from EPSRC (EP/R032750/1)



    Yogesh Kumar Meena
    Swansea University, UK


    Nivedita Arora
    Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


    Xing-Dong Yang
    Dartmouth College, USA


    Markus Löchtefeld
    Aalborg University, Denmark


    Matt Carnie
    Swansea University, UK


    Niels Henze
    University of Regensburg, Germany


    Steve Hodges
    Microsoft Research, UK


    Matt Jones
    Swansea University, UK


    Gregory Abowd
    Georgia Institute of Technology, USA