Aesthetics are influential in how willingly, how comfortably and how efficiently humans interact with objects, devices, idea and systems. As one of the most professional academic communities for discussing new interactive techniques, the ISS community continue working on creating unique experiences on user interfaces. Aesthetics research aims to contribute principles of design towards more comfortable, appealing, satisfying and engaging interface and interaction experiences via the intelligent application of aesthetic principles and by considering aesthetics as a basic and essential aspect in all interface design. Overall, our workshop will provide an opportunity to enrich the research repository through discussing future research directions. Along with continuing community building, we hope to raise the general awareness of computational aesthetics among the ISS peers and colleagues.

This workshop focuses on developing approaches towards the application of aesthetic design factors for user interfaces and interactions. We seek to invite broader participation from experts such as designers, researchers, artists and so on from academia and industry and it will gather valuable feedback for further development of HCI aesthetic design, which will contribute to future aesthetics workshops and discussions.

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Call for Participation

We invite contributors to submit papers addressing one or more of the four threads: theories (e.g. identifying promising notion or frameworks), evaluation (e.g., evaluating aesthetic factors), methodologies (e.g., qualitative and quantitative methodologies), and potential applications (e.g., enlightening interactions or prototypes). In addition, the contributors could also find our planned workshop themes below:

This is a closed workshop and all submissions will be reviewed by the organizers of its relevance to the proposed theme.

Important Days
  • September 7, 2018 (Extend to 15th): Deadline for position paper submissions (The paper in PDF file format should be sent via email to
  • September 10, 2018 (Extend to 23rd): Author notifications
  • September 30, 2018: Camera Ready for Workshop Position Paper
  • November 25, 2018: Workshop Day
  • November 25 - 28, 2018: ISS 2018

Xiangshi Ren

Kochi University of Technology

Xiangshi Ren is a Professor and Director of the Center for Human-Engaged Computing at Kochi University of Technology. Prof. Ren has been working on fundamental studies in the field of human-computer Interaction (HCI) for over twenty years. His research interests include all aspects of human-computer interaction. He is founding president of the International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction (ICACHI).


Sayan Sarcar

University of Tsukuba

Sayan Sarcar is Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba. His research interests include ageing and accessibility, input and interaction techniques, and computational user interface design.


Masaaki Kurosu

The Open University of Japan

Masaaki Kurosu is a professor emeritus of the Open University of Japan, with a background in cognitive psychology, Kansei engineering and human-computer interaction in general. He was a president of HCD-Net for 10 years. Based on his career as a usability professional, he proposed a concept of user engineering and a new concept of UX and is diffusing a new method "ERM" for measuring the UX.


Jeffrey Bardzell

Indiana University

Jeffrey Bardzell is an Professor of Informatics and Director of the HCI/Design program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University--Bloomington. His research examines both design theory and emerging social computing practices. His work on design theory has focused on critical design, research through design, and design criticism. His research on emerging social computing practices includes critical-empirical studies on maker communities in the United States and Asia, intimate and sexual interaction, and online creative communities. A common thread throughout this work is the use of aesthetics—including the history of criticism, critical theory, and analytic aesthetics—to understand how concepts, materials, forms, ideologies, experiential qualities, and creative processes achieve coherence in design objects. He is co-editor of Critical Theory and Interaction Design (MIT Press, 2018) and co-author of Humanistic HCI (Morgan and Claypool Synthesis Lectures in Human-Centered Informatics).


Antti Oulasvirta

Aalto University

Antti Oulasvirta is an Associate Professor at Aalto University where he leads the User Interfaces research group. He was previously a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction at Saarland university. He received his doctorate in Cognitive Science from the University of Helsinki in 2006, after which he was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Information in University of California-Berkeley in 2007-2008 and a Senior Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT in 2008-2011. During his postgraduate studies in 2002-2003, he was an exchange student at UC Berkeley's Neuropsychology Lab and did an internship at T-Labs in Berlin in 2006. He was awarded the ERC Starting Grant (2015-2020) for research on computational design of user interaces. Dr. Oulasvirta has served as an associate editor for International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, as a column editor for IEEE Computer, and he frequently participates in the paper committees of HCI conferences, including the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). His work has been awarded the Best Paper Award and Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI twelve times between 2008 and 2018. He has held keynote talks on computational user interface design in NordiCHI'14, CoDIT'14, EICS'16, and IHCI'17.


Aliaksei Miniukovich

University of Trento

Aliaksei Miniukovich is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Trento. In addition to working on his true passion - computational aesthetics - Aliaksei conducts research on the quality of graphical user interfaces and its impact on user preferences, feelings and behavior. Aliaksei research heavily relies on quantitative methods and computational models, with an occasional use of qualitative methods when needed. Aliaksei serves as an associate editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and frequently reviews submissions for a variety of HCI journals and conferences. Aliaksei recent work was recognized with 2 Best Paper Honorable Mention and an Excellent Reviewer Award at the CHI conferences.


Chen Wang

Kochi University of Technology

Chen Wang is Ph.D. Student of the Center of Human-Engaged Computing, Kochi University of Technology. His research interests include user interface design and computational aesthetics.


Time Duration Schedule
(Nov 25th) 10:00 - 10:05 5 minutes Welcome by Prof. Xiangshi Ren
10:05 - 10:20 15 minutes Introduction to the Background of Workshop by Chen Wang
10:20 - 10:45 25 minutes Keynote - Prof. Kurosu Masaaki: Aesthetic Value and Usability/User Experience
10:45 ~ 11:00 15 minutes Brief introduction from attendees (1 min per)
11:00 - 11:20 20 minutes Morning Break
11:20 - 12:20 60 minutes Presentation of position papers (Lightning talks, 5 mins per) & Q&A (2 mins per)
12:20 - 14:00 100 minutes Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:20 80 minutes Grouping discussion based on proposed themes
  • The Notion of Aesthetics
  • The Balance between Aesthetics and Usability
  • Aesthetic Evaluation on Surfaces and Spaces
15:20 - 15:50 30 minutes Afternoon Break
15:50 - 16:40 50 minutes Grouping discussion based on proposed themes
  • Computational Aesthetics
  • Application on Practical Design
16:40 - 17:10 30 minutes Summarizing & Discussion about potential directions & Collaborations
17:10 - 17:30 20 minutes Closing remarks from workshop committee and paticipants
17:30 - - Reception
Nov 26th ~ 28th - Conference Days

  1. Participants are required to submit a 4-6 page position paper formatted according to the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts publication format.
  2. Papers should be submitted to
  3. Conference registration will open shortly via the ISS Conference Website. Please note that all participants of the workshop will need to register for at least one day of the full conference.
  4. Extended versions of a selection of high quality papers will be proposed to be submitted to a Special Issue of an International Journal in the field of HCI.
  5. All accepted papers will be published in the companion proceedings published by ACM Digital Library.