Unlike traditional workshops, SensiBlend is a living experiment about the future of remote, hybrid, and blended experiences within professional and other social contexts. The interplay of interpersonal relationships with tools and spaces-digital and physical-has been abruptly challenged and fundamentally altered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this meta-workshop, we seek to scrutinize and advance the role and impact of Ubiquitous Computing in the new "blended"social reality, and raise questions relating to the specific attributes of socio-Technical experiences in the future organization of interpersonal relationships. How do we better equip people to deal with blended experiences? What dimensions of socio-Technical experiences are at stake? To this end, we will utilize the occasion of a virtual UbiComp in combination with novel remote-working tools and participatory sensing with attendees to collectively examine, discuss, and elicit the potential routes of augmenting social practices in a discourse about the future of blended working, socializing, and living.

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Nokia Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK
UbiComp '21: The 2021 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam (CWI), The Netherlands

Verma, H, Constantinides, M, Zhong, S, El Ali, A, & Alavi, H.S. (2021). SensiBlend: Sensing blended experiences in professional and social contexts. In Adjunct Proceedings of the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 491–495). doi:10.1145/3460418.3479268