The Internet of Things makes human activity data – what people do, how they move, how they socialise – an abundant resource. However, this rich and intimate perspective on people, which uniquely shape and characterise their behaviours, can have tremendous ethical implication if data is handled irresponsibly. Being personal, contextual and accessible, mobile devices are key facilitators of (ir)responsible collection and use of data. In this workshop, we will use the Future Workshop approach to develop a research agenda towards ethical data-centric design of intelligent behaviours. As part of this approach, we will (1) criticise the current mechanisms and infrastructure to frame ethical challenges, (2) fantasise on futures which support user and designer values, and (3) implement a research agenda for the MobileHCI community to emphasise the barriers to tackle. The outcomes of this workshop will foster ethical research and inspire the MobileHCI community.

Topics include but are not limited to:


To accommodate for the current COVID-19 situation, participation in the workshop will be possible in two ways:

Option 1: Peer-reviewed Contribution

Submitting a 2-4 page contribution (not blind) for peer review and publication in the companion of the conference proceedings.

Note: There is costs of EUR 80.00 associated with the workshop publication in the Digital Library.

Template: SIGCHI Extended Abstract

Important dates:

Option 2: Expression of Interest

Submit a 1-2 paragraph expression of interest, indicating briefly how the workshop relates to your own work.

We will curate the submitted expressions of interest on quality and diversity. The conference organizers have graciously allowed us to waive all fees for participating in this way.

We are thriving for making this contribution free of registration cost, waiting for the green light from the Mobile-HCI organisers. Please stay tune!.

Important dates

Submissions made after the provisional deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, with a 2-week notification.



Contact and participation submission:


Jacky Bourgeois, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft.

Aaron Ding, Department of Engineering Systems and Services, TU Delft Computer Science, University of Helsinki.

Jered Vroon, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft.

Ella Peltonen, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland.