Update: 06/06/2016


Thank you all for a great workshop! We were thrilled to see all of you, and we enjoyed the lively discussions and the interesting design concepts developed throughout the brainstorm.

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Update: 24/04/2016
Please check the ‘workshop’ section of this page for an updated time-table.


Update: 20/01/2016
We initially did not have enough participants to host the workshop, but several people commented that they would like to participate on Sunday, but cannot participate on Saturday.
We have decided to change the workshop to a one day workshop hosted on Sunday, and now have more than the required participant number.

This means that there will be less of a focus on prototyping and a stronger focus on discussing the different paradigms and design approaches that exist within the field of shape changing interfaces.  Understanding the differences and common themes in our research, and finding simple terms to refer to them will help us better describe, compare and contrast existing works, but can also be used as a tool to identify gaps in current practices which are worth exploring.

Update: 06/01/2016
Hi Everyone
a) CHI
– We would like to feature upcoming research on the shapechangingUI website. If you have papers accepted to CHI and want us to feature them, please send us title and abstract and we will publish them on

b) The Workshop – Extended Deadline: January 11th
– Some people have contacted us, worried they might not be able to make the deadline. We have decided to move the deadline to Monday, January 11th. If you have any questions regarding the submission document, please let us know.

– Several people have contacted us noting that they are only free on one of the two workshop days. We have not decided how to best deal with this, but if you are interested in participating, but only free on one day, please let us know. We will then think about how to best accommodate everyone.

c) The Website
– As we’ve mentioned before, we hope to keep this website up and running well beyond this year’s CHI. We really like and hope to turn our page into a similar useful resource. To do that we need your help. Specifically we need:
People: If you are interested in helping us run the website, please get in touch.
Content: If you have anything you think we should add to the website, let us know. Right now the things we are most interested in are getting the ‘resources’ section a bit more up to date: what are your favorite places to find information on shape changing things? Where do you buys your equipment? Which other website has been valuable to your research?
The other thing that needs improving is the list of related work: please send us references to your work on shape-changing things and to work by others that you like, so we can add it to our list. (Ideally, send it to us in CHI reference format)

– We are currently looking into moving the website to a dedicated server. We think right now it might still be a bit overkill, but the option is in place and as soon as it appears reasonable we will move it.


That’s it from us for now. Please spread the word about the workshop and the website.
We’re looking forward to meet all of you at CHI (or other places)


Paul, Tim, Jason, Aske, Giovanni & Antonio


In recent years, several workshops and an increasing number of scientific publications have focused on shape-changing interfaces. This work has explored prototypes, theory and evaluations across a variety of domains, including: aesthetic experience, affective computing, adaptive affordances, data visualisation, and remote communication support, to name only a few. The aim of this workshop is to bring to light and discuss the different underlying perspectives[1] and visions on Shape Changing Interfaces within the community, arriving at a shared, cross-discipline vocabulary for discussing the design space. Participants will share their personal perspective and explore others’ perspectives through hands-on prototyping and facilitated sketching tasks. Leaving this workshop, participants will be equipped with a clearer understanding of the different concepts being explored within the community and with a vocabulary through which to describe the intricacies and considerations of their work in the future

[1] We use the term ‘perspectives’ to encompass all aspects of shape-change technology, prototypes, design, design approaches, affordances, applications, theory, and evaluation