Culturally Informed Notions of Mobile Context Awareness: Lessons Learned from User-centred Exploration of Concepts of Context and Context Awareness

Xiangang Qin, Chee-Wee Tan, Mads Bødker, Wei Sun, Torkil Clemmensen

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Mobile context awareness is an elusive concept within extant literature on human-computer interaction. Despite extensive research into context awareness, past studies have accentuated the architectural aspects of context-aware applications without paying sufficient attention to user-centric issues associated with such applications. To this end, this study endeavours to shed light on how context-aware applications are construed by users. Drawing inspiration from the ‘future workshop’ methodological approach, two focus groups were conducted in Denmark and China to elicit insights into the benefits and shortcomings of contemporary context-aware applications across different cultural settings. Empirical findings suggest that users’ interactions with context-aware applications are governed, to a large extent, by their: (1) own personal value system; (2) sensitivity towards such applications, and; (3) current activity in which they are engaged. This study thus takes a small but concrete step towards further discussions on the importance of embracing a user-centred view of mobile context awareness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2017 : Proceedings of the 16th IFIP TC 13 International Conference. Part I
EditorsRegina Bernhaupt, Girish Dalvi, Anirudha Joshi, Devanuj K. Balkrishan, Jacki O’Neill, Marco Winckler
Number of pages21
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9783319677439
ISBN (Electronic)9783319677446
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 16th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction: INTERACT 2017 - Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India
Duration: 25 Sept 201729 Sept 2017
Conference number: 16


ConferenceThe 16th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction
LocationIndustrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Cross-cultural
  • Mobile context-awareness
  • User experience

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