CfPs: The future of human-food interaction workshop

Submission deadline: February 21th, 2021 at 12pm (noon) PT – Pacific Time (provisionally)

We’re organizing a workshop together with CHI2021 on the future of human-food interaction (HFI). This workshop aims to provide an enduring community and networking platform for practitioners, researchers and theorists who are interested in the coming together of food and interactive technology, to explore and discuss the future of HFI with a particular highlight on the design of experimental and experiential aspects beyond the instrumental. Furthermore, with this workshop, we hope to identify and articulate relevant theoretical insights and guide future research, understand synergies at the intersection of emerging technologies and current knowledge; nurture the growth of a cross-disciplinary research community around the topics and develop plans for subsequent activities; as well as promote HFI design and research practices that are critical and sustainable from a social, cultural, and planetary perspective.

This is an online virtual workshop organised as part of the CHI 2021 conference on 8-9 May, we aim to bring together diverse opinions and expertise to offer a platform for not only the research community, but a broad range of industry practitioners to learn from each other, highlighting the design of experiential perspectives of engaging with food.

We aim to extend prior community building efforts in this area and hence invites submissions exploring human-food interactions from a plethora of aspects, including but not limited to empirical research, engineering, food science, design, theory, and art. Similarly, topics can include, but are not limited to:

Theory and Methods:​​

  • Articulations of theoretical aspects of human-food interactions within existing HCI theories, such as embodied interactions
  • Links to theories from non-HCI domains, such as health, multi-sensory perception, and food science
  • The use of theoretical understandings to inform the design of human-food interactions, in particular experiential perspectives
  • Critical reflections on the potential of, and risks derived from, integrating technology into our food lives and the food system at large
  • Methods for co-designing food futures that are socially just, culturally and emotionally stimulating, and sustainable  

Technology: ​​

  • Sensing food
  • Detecting eating
  • Ingredient analysis
  • Artificial intelligence and food​​

Applications of food technology:​​

  • Augmenting eating activities
  • Supplementing and enriching multi-sensory experiences
  • Taste as feedback mechanism
  • Food visualisation
  • Edibalisation
  • Food games and play
  • Designing for restaurants, canteens and other food outlets
  • Working with the hospitality industry
  • Novel user experience mechanisms for working with food
  • Designing cyber food as part of human-machine integration

For more info, visit the workshop’s website: