ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced the publication of a special COVID-19 issue of Interactions, ACM’s magazine focused on human-computer interaction (HCI). The special issue of Interactions—Design in the Pandemic—explores the ways in which critical research and emerging practices in HCI and interaction design are being applied to address societal challenges presented by the current pandemic.
As COVID-19 presents challenges for all facets of society, the HCI community responded by developing new ways of working and inventive approaches to addressing the emerging challenges. In their call for articles, Interactions Co-Editors-in-Chief sought immediate thoughts, reflections, and responses to the crisis from the broad expertise in their research community. The articles published in the special issue of Interactions identify and help answer critical questions, such as how to continue with design work and scholarship in these times; how the HCI community and design more broadly should adjust and respond; and what might be more equitable ways of approaching design and building technologies in light of COVID-19.
Computing researchers, scientists and technologists from around the world contributed ground-breaking articles for the special Interactions COVID-19 issue, including: After the Iron Horse: COVID-19 Responses in Education; The Emerging Need for Touchless Interaction Technology; What Is the Future of Data Sharing for Research?; Evaluating Immersive Experiences During COVID-19 and Beyond; We Need to Talk about Digital Contact Tracing; and The Best Tech for Contact Tracing? Systems Designed for Healthcare Workers.
To organise contributions to the special issue, Interactions editors organised the 27 articles into four sections: An Unusual Business; What We Knew Then… And What We Know Now; A Responsive Kind of Design; and Just Futures.
Published bimonthly, Interactions is circulated to all members of SIGCHI, ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. The magazine includes a multiplicity of conversations, collaborations, relationships and new discoveries focusing on how and why we interact with the designed world of technologies.
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