Rethinking context-aware computing to support reflective engagement

A. Baki Kocaballi, Claudia Núñez-Pacheco

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Context-aware technologies increasingly become more integrated into people’s everyday lives, providing adaptive services in seamless ways that make many everyday tasks and activities more practical and automated. However, this seamless automation of services may prevent people from reflecting on the opportunities offered by their surroundings. The perspective proposed in this paper invites designers to rethink the role of context-aware technologies as mediators of humans’ capacity to reflectively engage with their surroundings. Drawing upon the design qualities offered by seamful design and New Brutalism movement, the paper offers two ways in which contextaware technologies can support reflective engagement: visibility of technology and visibility through technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 32nd BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018)
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherBCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018
Event32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018) - Belfast, Ireland
Duration: 4 Jul 20186 Jul 2018


Conference32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018)


  • Context-awareness
  • reflection
  • engagement
  • awareness
  • visibility
  • space
  • Space
  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Reflection
  • Visibility


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