CHI 2021

The University of Edinburgh at ACM CHI 2021

We’re really pleased to report that University of Edinburgh colleagues are involved in 27 contributions to the 2021 ACM SICGHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) conference (including 18 full papers), with Institute for Design Informatics members co-authors of 24 of these. CHI is the largest conference in the field of human-computer interaction, and generally regarded as the most prestigious publication venue in this field. These papers are a result of many fantastic long-term and ongoing collaborations with colleagues at other Universities (such as Lancaster, Newcastle, Northumbria, Monash, Glasgow, UCL, Malmö, International University of Management in Namibia, UC Berkeley, British Columbia, Toronto, ETH Zurich, FH Potsdam), and report on work done in partnership with industry, public and charitable partners (such as Oxfam Australia, Microsoft Research, Touco Labs, the Money and Mental Health Institute).

Many Design Informatics members also helped with the monumental task of making the CHI 2021 conference programme happen – and indeed some of that work is still happening as the conference starts. This includes Maria Wolters who is acting as one of the Global Communities, Diversity and Inclusion Chairs and was also a Sub-Committee Chair (Understanding People) for the paper review process, and Duncan Reid who assisted Maria and her co-chair in organising the sub-committee’s review process. Several DI members also contributed to the peer-review process as Associate Chairs – Chris Elsden (Design SC), Ewa Luger (Understanding People SC) and recently departed institute colleague Dave Murray-Rust (Understanding People SC) – and many others as reviewers of the thousands of submissions CHI receives every year.

Below we’ve compiled a list of our contributions to the conference, with links to ACM Digital Library to access papers (please note that the links will only activate once the conference starts on the 8th May – if you’d like to access a paper which is not fully open access, just email us at:



A Right Time to Give: Beyond Saving Time in Automated Conditional Donations – Nic J Bidwell, Chris Elsden, Ludwig Trotter, Joshua Hallwright, Mike Harding, Kate Jeite-Delbridge, Sadie Moore, Peter Shaw, Nigel Davies, Chris Speed, John Vines:

Circumspect Users: Older Adults’ as Critical Adopters and Resistors of Technology – Belén Barros Pena, Rachel E Clarke, Lars Erik Holmquist, John Vines:

Creative Transactions: Special Digital Monies in ‘Break Kickstarter’ Crowdfunding Campaigns – Chris Elsden, Evan Morgan, Chris Speed:

Enacting the Last Mile: Experiences of Smart Contracts in Courier Deliveries – Ella Tallyn, Joe Revans, Evan Morgan, Keith Fisken, Dave Murray-Rust:

EvalMe: Exploring the Value of New Technologies for In Situ Evaluation of Learning Experiences – Susan Lechelt, Frederik Brudy, Nicolai Marquardt, Yvonne Rogers:

Financial Technologies in the Cycle of Poor Mental Health and Financial Hardship: Towards Financial Citizenship – Belén Barros Pena, Bailey Kursar, Rachel E Clarke, Katie Alpin, Merlyn Holkar, John Vines:

Getting Ourselves Together: Epistemic Burden and Data-centered Participatory Design Research – Jennifer Pierre, Roderic Crooks, Morgan Currie, Britt Paris, Irene Pasquetto: Best of CHI BEST PAPER Award

Grand Challenges in Immersive Analytics – Barrett Ens, Benjamin Bach, Maxime Cordeil, Ulrich Engelke, Marcos Serrano, Wesley Willett, Arnaud Prouzeau, Christophe Anthes, Wolfgang Büschel, Cody Dunne, Tim Dwyer, Jens Grubert, Jason H. Haga, Nurit Kirshenbaum, Dylan Kobayashi, Tica Lin, Monsurat Olaosebikan, Fabian Pointecker, David Saffo, Nazmus SaquibDieter Schmalstieg, Danielle Albers Szafir, Matthew Whitlock, Yalong Yang:

How Design Researchers Interpret Probes: Understanding the Critical Intentions of a Designerly Approach to Research – Sena Çerçi, Marta E. Cecchinato, John Vines:

I don’t need an expert! Making URL phishing features human comprehensible – Kholoud Althobaiti, Nicole Meng, Kami Vaniea: 

It’s a Wrap: Toroidal Wrapping of Network Visualisations Supports Cluster Understanding TasksKun-Ting Chen, Tim Dwyer, Benjamin Bach, Kim Marriott:

Lanterns: Configuring a Digital Resource to Inspire Preschool Children’s Free Play Outdoors –  Thomas Dylan, Abigail C Durrant, Sena Çerçi, Shaun Lawson, John Vines:

Privacy Champions in Software Teams: Understanding Their Motivations, Strategies, and Challenges – Mohammad Tahaei, Alisa Frik, Kami Vaniea:

RepliCueAuth: Validating the Use of a Lab-Based Virtual Reality Setup for Evaluating Authentication Systems – Florian Mathis, Kami Vaniea, Mohamed Khamis:

Security Notifications in Static Analysis Tools: Developers’ Attitudes, Comprehension, and Ability to Act on Them – Mohammad Tahaei, Kami Vaniea, Konstantin (Kosta) Beznosov, Maria K Wolters:

Sketchnote Components, Design Space Dimensions, and Strategies for Effective Visual Note Taking – Rebecca Zheng, Marina Fernandez Camporro, Hugo Romat, Nathale Riche, Benjamin Bach, Fanny Chevalier, Ken Hinckley, Nicolai Marquardt: of CHI HONORABLE MENTION award

Spreadsheet Comprehension: Guesswork, Giving up and Going back to the Author – Sruti Srinivasa Ragavan, Advait Sarkar, Andrew D Gordon:

The Public Life of Data: Investigating Reactions to Visualizations on RedditTobias Kauer, Marian Dörk, Arran Ridley, Benjamin Bach:


Late Breaking Work:

“Developers Are Responsible”: What Ad Networks Tell Developers About Privacy –Mohammad Tahaei, Kami Vaniea:



Making Everyday Things Talk: Speculative Conversations into the Future of Voice Interfaces at Home – Anuradha Venugopal Reddy, A. Baki Kocaballi, Iohanna Nicenboim, Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Maria Luce Lupetti, Cayla Key, Chris Speed, Dan Lockton, Elisa Giaccardi, Francisca Grommé, Holly Robbins, Namrata Primlani, Paulina Yurman, Shanti Sumartojo, Thao Phan, Viktor Bedö, Yolande Strengers:


Case study:

The Challenges in Modeling Human Performance in 3D Space with Fitts’ Law – Eleftherios Triantafyllidis, Zhibin Li:



Consequences, Schmonsequences! Considering the Future as Part of Publication and Peer Review in Computing Research – Miriam Sturdee, Joseph Lindley, Conor Linehan, Chris Elsden, Neha Kumar, Tawanna R Dillahunt, Regan L Mandryk, John Vines:

Designing for New Forms of Vulnerability – David Struzek, Katerina Cerna, Richard Paluch, Sven Bittenbinder, Claudia Müller, Arlind Reuter, Lydia Stamato, Ozge Subasi, Foad Hamidi, John Vines:

Human-Data Interaction through Design – Neelima Sailaja, Joseph Lindley, Lachlan D Urquhart, Derek McAuley, Ian Forrester:


Contributions to Workshops:

Code-Level Dark Patterns: Exploring Ad~Networks’ Misleading Code Samples with Negative Consequences for UsersMohammad Tahaei, Kami Vaniea – In the workshop: “What Can CHI Do About Dark Patterns?”.

Designing a Conversational Agent for Pragmatics Learning – Liquan Chai, Dave Murray-Rust, Maria K. Wolters – In the workshop: Let’s Talk About CUIs: Putting Conversational User Interface Design Into Practice.


Journal article presentations (TOCHI):

Fast and Secure Authentication in Virtual Reality using Coordinated 3D Manipulation and Pointing – Florian Mathis, John H Williamson, Kami Vaniea, Mohamed Khamis: