A BCS HCI 2013 Workshop

Habits in HCI

Welcome to the website of the 1st Workshop on Habits in Human-Computer Interaction.

The workshop is being hosted as part of the BCS HCI 2013 programme, held on the 9th September 2013 at Brunel University, West London.


Major characteristics of our interactions with technology lie in their frequency and execution in stable contexts, which according to behavioural psychology, form crucial foundations for the development of habitual behaviours.

Habits are currently addressed as implicit facets of interaction design through concepts such as consistency, intuitiveness and learnability.

That said, little research has focused explicitly on the habitual nature of our interactions with technology, the implications for HCI of habituated interaction and how disrupting these digital habits can impact on HCI related concepts.

This full day workshop aims to define the area and scope of research for habits in the HCI discipline.


Its primary purpose is to form a community to share ideas, best practice and connect those that are interested in this area to develop future activities (e.g. Journal Special Issues, CHI Spotlights, Panel Session and Workshop, HCI 2014 Workshop/Panels).

The workshop will also look to delineate and discuss areas for grant proposals within this domain, both at a UKRC (EPSRC and ESRC) and EU level (Horizon 2020).