Workshop Structure


The high level goal of this workshop is to bring into conversation researchers from across the DIS community who are studying different aspects of biosensing, including technical, social, ethical, and policy aspects, with diverse methodological approaches. We will solicit submissions in the form of design sketches or artifacts, art performance or installation, empirical work, theoretical work, argumentative essays, or pictorials. We wish to encourage interaction and collaboration not just between researchers within academia, but also with researchers in industry, practitioners, and activists, and to support and scaffold collaborative efforts that exceed the short duration of the workshop.

The specific objectives of this workshop are:

  • Curating design examples, and analyzing artifacts as a group, connecting our observations and analyses with broader DIS concerns.
  • Based on workshop submissions and discussions, organizers may create a website for papers and designs in service of a public audience or a publication in Interactions.
  • Provide time and space for in-depth discussion among participants from academia, industry, practitioners, and activists, who may not otherwise find themselves in face to face conversation. These discussions can lead to future collaborative research projects, a special issue of a journal, or future DIS papers.

Pre-Workshop activities

Prior to the date of the workshop, accepted workshop participants will be encouraged to introduce themselves over the mailing list, and comment or ask questions. The organizers will also match the submissions into pairs. For each pair of submissions, the respective authors will be asked to prepare questions and feedback for one another.

Workshop Schedule

The morning half of the workshop will focus on surfacing the different opportunities and challenges in studying biosensing practices.

Introduction. Organizers and participants will each state their name and where they are from. The organizers will then kick-off the workshop with a brief presentation of the agenda and goals for the day.

Breakout. Pair responses and themes. Prior to the workshop, participants will be paired based on the relevance of their respective submissions, and asked to prepare questions and feedback for one another. Here, the group will break out into pairs to provide feedback for each other and draw out emergent questions, challenges, or complexities in their work.


Report back to the group. Pairs will share the results of their discussion with the group. The organizers will share their reflections and a preliminary theme diagram based on participant submissions, prepared before the workshop. The organizers will moderate discussion and feedback on pairs’ findings and the preliminary theme diagram. Throughout, a note taker will document the ongoing discussion on a public-facing display to uncover emergent themes. The emergent themes, in addition to the workshop themes (interpretation, representation, experience) will be the explored in more depth later in break-out groups. At the end of this session, we will have outlined themes to revisit in greater depth after lunch.

Lunch. In the afternoon half of the workshop session, we will delve into the selected themes in greater depth.

Keynote speaker. One of the organizing committee members or an invited speaker will give a short keynote talk.

Work in break-out groups. Participants will break out into groups based on the themes raised in the morning session. Organizers will provide groups with different activity options, such as a research agenda brainstorm or creating shared reading lists. Through this, participants can identify ways to further their own work as it relates to biosensing and DIS, and identify potential for collaborations across method, form, and/or other orientations.


Share-out. A representative from each group will briefly share what happened in breakout groups. The purpose of this discussion is to

generate ideas and questions of how biosensing research can advance broader DIS concerns, and how longstanding theories and classic studies from a variety of disciplines might more effectively inform work on the emerging and contemporary issues that the workshop addresses.

Next Steps. In a group discussion, we will use the preceding analysis and discussion to help direct a conversation about plans for potential future collaborations, publications (such as possible formats and venues) and plans for community building (such as creating a wiki or shared website for resources).

Post-workshop plans

Central goals of the workshop are to build community as well as to facilitate collaborations among workshop participants. During the workshop, we will consider possible next steps together with the entire group. These could include organizing further events, setting up a listserv/page/group for the emerging community, writing a piece for Interactions to report on the outcomes of the workshop, or even collaborating on a journal special issue or an edited book.