Embodied Interaction or Context-Aware Computing? An Integrated Approach to Design

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5610)


This paper revisits the notion of context from an interaction design perspective. Since the emergence of the research fields of Computer supported cooperative work and Ubiquitous computing, the notion of context has been discussed from different theoretical approaches and in different research traditions. One of these approaches is Embodied Interaction. This theoretical approach has in particular contributed to (i) challenge the view that user context can be meaningfully represented by a computer system, (ii) discuss the notion of context as interaction through the idea that users are always embodied in their interaction with computer systems. We believe that the particular view on users context that the approach of Embodied Interaction suggests needs to be further elaborated in terms of design. As a contribution we suggest an integrated approach where the interactional view of Embodied Interaction is interrelated with the representational view of Context-aware computing.


Embodied Interaction Context-aware computing Design Representation Context 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer and Systems SciencesStockholm University/Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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