Playful and Public Interaction

Join us in the PlayLab to explore how art, design, and computing science research come together for compelling public spaces.

The goal of this mini theme is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in playful interaction from a variety of disciplines.  By concentrating on play and playfulness this theme will create a collaborative and supportive environment where technology is a tool for creating fun, happiness and engagement in public spaces.

This mini theme will include evening debates with leading researchers and practitioners for public interaction and a two-day workshop to explore these ideas hands-on.  During the workshop, we will also work to establish funded collaborations to bring these ideas to the public through practice based research.

The Research Theme Leaders for Playful and Public Interaction are Dr Julie R. Williamson (, Professor Chris Speed (, and Dr Tom Flint (