Workshop at DIS 2012
June 11th 2012, Newcastle, UK
Designing Interactive Lighting workshop at DIS 2012

Important Dates

Submission Deadline March 23rd, 2012

Notification of acceptance April 1, 2012

Workshop June 11th, 2012

Preceding workshop at Ami 2011

Preceding workshop at INTERACT 2011
June 11th 2012, Newcastle, UK
in conjunction with the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Conference (

Introduction [back to top]

The Light Emitting Diode is a game changing technology. The rules for designing with light now have to be rewritten as this technology offers the designer radically new opportunities. LEDs can be applied in their thousands in luminaires or embedded in the architecture, and all could be controlled individually to obtain the perfect lighting design. These developments are certainly exciting but we need to understand how they will enhance people’s lives for the better. For this workshop, the aim is to explore new ways of interacting with light that suits our ideas for the future and exploits the possibilities of the LED.

The main goals of the workshop are:
  • Identify key design challenges for new forms of interactive lighting systems in a multi-user context.
  • Establish a link with existing interaction paradigms that can be (re-)used for control of future lighting systems.
  • Idea generation session on UI design for interactive lighting

Topics of interest include:
  • Interaction design for lighting systems
  • Adaptation of existing UI paradigms to lighting systems
  • User studies of interactions that are or can be applied to interactive lighting systems
  • Design of smart lighting systems
  • Evaluation methodologies relevant to multi-user interactive lighting systems

We invite researchers and designers interested in exploring user interaction for new forms of lighting systems.

Organizers [back to top]
  • Emile Aarts, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
  • Norbert Streitz, Smart Future Initiative (Germany)
  • Bernt Meerbeek, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
  • Dzmitry Aliakseyeu, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
  • Jon Mason, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
  • Alexander Wiethoff, University of Munich, (Germany)
  • Harm van Essen, Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands)
  • Serge Offermans, Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands)
  • Andrés Lucero, Nokia Research Center (Finland)

Any workshop related questions can be submitted by email to

Accepted Papers [back to top]

  • Bert Bongers, Marianne van den Akker. Light Pointer, Eindhoven University of Technology Download PDF
  • William Delamare, Céline Coutrix, Laurence Nigay. Pointing in the Physical World for Light Source Selection, Université Joseph Fourier, Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble Download PDF
  • Harm van Essen, Serge Offermans, Berry Eggen. Exploring the Role of Autonomous System Behavior in Lighting Control, Eindhoven University of Technology Download PDF
  • Jaakko Hakulinen, Markku Turunen, Tomi Heimonen. Light Control Architecture for Multimodal Interaction in Physical and Augmented Environments, University of Tampere Download PDF
  • Andrés Lucero. Mobile Devices to Interact With Lighting, Nokia Research Download PDF
  • Astrid Mody. Ambiguous walls – Reflections on responsive luminous textile surfaces, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur and Philips Research Download PDF
  • Heiko Müller, Jutta Fortmann, Martin Pielot, Tobias Hesselmann, Benjamin Poppinga, Wilko Heuten, Niels Henze and Susanne Boll. AmbiX: Designing Ambient Light Information Displays, OFFIS and University of Oldenburg Download PDF
  • Henrika Pihlajaniemi, Toni Österlund, Anna Luusua, Tuulikki Tanska. LightStories: Designing and Evaluating Interactive and Participatory Urban Lighting, University of Oulu Download PDF
  • Esther Rolinson. 'Melt' Installation Prototype, Rolinson Craig Ltd Download PDF
  • Esben Skouboe Poulsen, Hans Jørgen Andersen, Ole B. Jensen. Full Scale Experiment with Interactive Urban Lighting, Aalborg University Download PDF
  • Jurgen Westerhoff, Richard van de Sluis, Jon Mason, Dzmitry Aliakseyeu. M-Beam: A Tangible Atmosphere Creation Interface, Philips Research Download PDF