11/07/22 - Workshop on Designing Domestic Smart Energy Futures

Workshop Details: Monday 11th July, as part of the BCS HCI 2022 Conference, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire


The UK has ambitious targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050, necessitating widescale changes to the energy sector and an increasing reliance on electricity from renewable sources. The changes to our whole energy system will necessarily have an impact on us and how we use energy in our homes. In this workshop, we will consider the ways that we can play a role to support the systemic changes needed to tackle climate change – with a particular focus on designing new domestic smart energy futures that support these changes and that are equitable and inclusive.  This workshop is targeted to all those with an interest in domestic energy technologies and sustainability from a human centred perspective – in particular HCI and Interaction Design academics, industry practitioners, innovators and policymakers.

The workshop will take place over the course of a day – the morning will be a hybrid session of short presentations and questions, and the afternoon face-to-face interactive design and participant-led discussions on workshop topics with the aim of shaping an influential agenda for the HCI community in this area. Participants are welcome to join for the full day or morning only. Workshop topics of interest include:

  • Developing usable, desirable, accessible and sustainable smart energy products
  • Ensuring a fair transition for all through equitable and inclusive design (designing for vulnerable/disabled/older/digitally excluded/low-income consumers)
  • Usable security of future smart energy services
  • Making flexibility work
  • The role of domestic energy services in transitioning to a sustainable energy future
  • Creative methods for co-creating and informing smart energy design
  • Smart energy policies and implications for design
  • Designing for low energy consumption domestic futures
  • Considering the role of the HCI researcher in relation to the broader systemic changes require to reach net zero


9am-9:30am Arrive
9:30-10.00 am Hybrid sessions Welcome and Introductions
10.00am-11:15am Short presentations

  • Laura Hawkins (Honda R&D Europe): The changing mobility and energy landscape, and implications for future consumer needs
  • Sharon George (or colleague) (Keele University): Perceptions of hydrogen and energy storage as part of a future domestic energy system.
  • Ellen Diskin (ESB Networks): Domestic Demand Side Response and how to change the way consumers use electricity
  • Rowanne Fleck (Energy Systems Catapult): Trialling consumer flexibility
  • Adrian Friday (Lancaster University): Design for the home and how it influences domestic practices and energy demand
11:15am-11:30am Break
11:30am-1:00pm Short presentations cont.

  • Laura Benton (UCL): Smart energy security
  • Clara Crivellaro (Newcastle University): A social justice oriented agenda in the design of smart energy products
  • Patrick Gould (Ofgem): Vulnerability and Inclusive innovation
  • Zero carbon Rugeley User-centric design team (Keele University): Creative methods for Smart Local Energy System Design: a case study from Zero Carbon Rugeley
  • David Kirk (Newcastle University): Slow technology and designing for low-power interactions OR community energy products and new models of community-managed energy consumption/use
1:00pm-1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm-3pm In person sessions Creative design and discussion challenges
3pm-3:15pm Break
3:15-4pm Creative design and discussion challenges cont.
4pm-5pm Closing discussion and next steps
Additional Evening Events
5.15pm – 6.00pm In person sessions Tour of SEND: Keele University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator
6.30pm – 7.30pm BCS Event – Short Informal Talks about the Conference and Reflections from Workshops and DC organisers and chairs followed by Q&A


Join the Workshop

We would like to invite you to attend the workshop – either online or in person – on Monday 11th July. This is a great opportunity to speak to others with expertise in digital and interaction design from a human-centred perspective who are in an excellent position to drive innovation in this space.

If you would like to attend, please register for the workshop via the conference registration process where you can select to attend the whole conference, or just the workshop, and to attend online or in person at Keele. (https://www.eventsforce.net/bcs2022– click on the ‘register to attend’ tab).

Please also email the workshop organisers (BHCI22energyworkshop@es.catapult.org.uk) to tell us who you are, how you’ll be attending (i.e. in-person/remote, morning/full day) and workshop themes you’d like to discuss in the afternoon session if you’ll be attending it.

For more information about the workshop see: https://bcshci.org/designing-domestic-smart-energy-futures/

Information about BCS HCI 2022 including registration fees, location and accommodation: https://bcshci.org/

If you have any questions, please contact BHCI22energyworkshop@es.catapult.org.uk

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