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Conference Grant Reports: Katherine Song at CHI 2024

08 Jun, 2024

Conference Grant Reports: Katherine Song at CHI 2024

We are pleased to support our students sharing their work at the premiere conferences in their field. Katherine Song presented “Füpop" at the 2024 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). From Katherine:

The 2024 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) took place on May 11-16 this year in Honolulu, HI. CHI is held annually and is considered the premier international conference for Human-Computer Interaction. This year, I co-organized a workshop on “Sustainable Unmaking,” which was a full day event on May 11, and presented a paper on “Füpop,” a technology for computational, in-mouth edible interactions.

Organizing and participating in the Unmaking workshop was the highlight of my experience (https://kwsong.github.io/unmaking-at-chi/ ). We brought together over 30 researchers across the globe from sub-communities in HCI, design theory, art, fabrication, engineering, science and technology studies, and architecture, among others, to discuss “unmaking” and its role in uncovering new sociopolitical and ethical considerations in the designing of things, both tangible and conceptual. We were fortunate enough to have Corinne Okada Takara, a Honolulu-based artist, as our keynote speaker, and Corinne shared so much geographical context, philosophies rooted in Hawaiian culture and practice, and local materials that we used in hands-on activities. The workshop was a perfect kick-off for the rest of the conference, and it gave me countless ideas, potential collaborators, and considerations for future research.