Many people benefit from participation in some kind of outdoor recreation. Outdoor recreation involves non-work activities done outside. This includes activities ranging from hiking to riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and from watching birds to playing football. Participation in outdoor recreation may create many physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
Interactive computing is also beginning to find application in outdoor recreation. Applications of interactive computing have the potential to improve how people plan for, engage in, and share outdoor recreation experiences.
The purpose of this SIG is to identify research questions and foundational theories related to understanding interactive computing in outdoor recreation. Topics of interest range from engineering problems to research methods as they apply in the context of interactive computing in outdoor recreation. The SIG will focus on identifying and discussing research questions unique to interactive computing in outdoor recreation.
One set of potential research questions involves the social impact of interactive computing in outdoor recreation. People pursue outdoor recreation for a variety of motivations. Adding interactive computing to outdoor recreation can cause conflict between people depending on their motivations.
Another set of research questions specific to interactive computing in outdoor recreation involves determining how to implement systems for outdoor use by users engaged in some recreational pursuit. This involves managing environmental constraints such as limited access to power, weather conditions such as rain, snow, cold, heat, wind or bright sunlight. For example, using an interactive system while alpine skiing might involve cold winds, blowing snow, and high elevation. How should systems be engineered create a meaningful interactive experience in these conditions? And further, what does a meaningful interactive experience mean in such a situation where the user is already highly engaged in some other experience?Get involved!
The SIG takes place on Monday, May 8 at 4.30 pm in room 301.
Welcome and Introduction
Hands-on session and wrap-up