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Marisa Campbell

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April 5-10, 2003
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

By looking more closely at special areas of focus, the human-computer interaction community will attempt to broaden its influence on user interfaces. CHI 2003, the next annual conference sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, will include the successful program tracks of the past CHI conferences, and add three special areas: Mass Communication and Interaction, Emotion, and e-Learning. "Since interactive media are increasingly used to communicate, teach or entertain (and not just to "do work"), these special areas are expected to generate significant interest for the HCI community since these areas touch all of our lives," says CHI 2003 General Co-Chairs Gilbert Cockton, University of Sunderland, and Panu Korhonen of Nokia. To look into these and many other issues, the strong technical program from previous years continues.

Don Norman, the "Guru of Workable Technology," will open the conference with his plenary presentation, "Emotion & Design." Norman says, "Usable products don't have to be ugly. In fact, the brain works differently when happy rather than anxious, so products can actually be easier to use if they give fun and pleasure, along with beauty." Norman is with the Nielsen Norman Group and Northwestern University. In the past year he has been catching up on the scientific work in emotion. The result is a new theory of emotion, with implications for the development of autonomous machines and robots as well as to design. "We chose Norman to open CHI 2003 because of his deep roots into the HCI community and his expertise with emotion and design," says Cockton. Last year Norman received the CHI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Neil F. Budde, former Publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online, will close the conference. Budde will share his experience in bringing The Wall Street Journal online and building the largest paid-subscription news site on the Web in his plenary presentation, "Racing with the Wind: Publishers Learn to Navigate in a Multimedia World." "We chose Budde to close CHI 2003 because of his experience of successfully merging the print and online worlds," says Korhonen.

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Three special areas support the conference theme of communicating via interactive digital media: mass communication and interaction, emotion, and e-learning. Several presentations throughout the conference will address these areas. Three panels, one each day of the conference, will focus on the special areas:

  • UK-based design and technology writer Nico Macdonald will host a panel on Mass Communication and Interaction, for which he is CHI 2003 Special Area Chair. Macdonald observes that, "In the digital age, publishing and broadcasting have tended to follow their earlier models rather than investigate and take advantage of the new possibilities with which they are presented. With the proliferation of media those people seeking to communicate, be informed, and be entertained require new approaches—a challenge which HCI can rise to." This panel will investigate these challenges and discuss ways in which they should be addressed.
  • Lisa Neal, CHI 2003 Special Area Chair for eLearning, Consultant for EDS and Editor-in-Chief of ACM's eLearn Magazine ( will host a special panel on eLearning. Neal says "advancements in technology have enhanced our potential to create and deliver e-learning. Nevertheless, instructional developments and research for e-learning have not exploited or directed technological developments to take full advantage of these opportunities. Emphases on economy and reach have taken precedence over instructional effectiveness, innovation and creativity." Her panel will examine the successes, challenges and new directions.
  • Jodi Forlizzi, CHI 2003 Special Area Chair for Emotion and Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University will moderate a special panel on emotion as it relates to new technology products. Forlizzi will lead a discussion with product designers, interface designers, and social scientists about emotional responses to products and interfaces.

Traditional coverage for CHI conferences that will continue this year includes technical material on the World Wide Web and other hot user interface topics, an opportunity for networking and discovering what is new in the field.

Andreas Girgensohn and Alison Lee, CHI 2003 Tutorial Co-Chairs, have put together a broad selection of tutorials. "This year's tutorial program offers opportunities for practitioners and researchers from academia and industry to learn the leading edge of human-computer interaction," says Lee. The CHI 2003 Tutorial Program contains 25 full-day and 10 half-day tutorials to choose from; 15 of them are new to CHI and 20 of them are back by popular demand. Tutorial topics include Field Research Methods, Usability Techniques, Web Site Design, Information Visualization and Retrieval, Handheld, Mobile and Wireless Design and Usability, Persuasive Technology, Vision-based UI, and Augmented Reality. For something different or something provocative, there are tutorials on Generating and Presenting Speculative Design Ideas, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Extreme Programming, and Drawing Skills.

Originally a small meeting for psychologists interested in making computers easier to use, the CHI conference has expanded over the years to include:

  • CHIkids
  • Demonstrations
  • Design and Usability Practice
  • Development Consortium
  • Doctoral Consortium
  • Interactionary
  • Panels
  • Papers
  • Short Talks and Interactive Posters
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • Student Posters
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Vendor Exhibits

CHI 2003 is the premier worldwide forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of how people interact with computers. On April 5-10, over 2,000 researchers, practitioners, educators, and students will meet from over 45 countries in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, to explore the new horizons of human-computer interaction. This year's conference features six days of world-class presentations including 35 tutorials, plenary speakers, dynamic panels, paper sessions and more. For the complete conference offering consult the CHI 2003 Advance Program on the Web at:

The anchor's up, and it's time to come aboard CHI 2003 and help us steer a course...bring distant shores into view... chart new routes to new destinations. Explore new horizons at CHI 2003, the premier international forum for the exchange of the latest information on all aspects of human-computer interaction. Plan to attend CHI 2003.

CHI 2003 is sponsored by ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI), In addition to ACM, various organizations support CHI 2003. Champion include: Diamond Bullet Design, Microsoft, Unisys and Yahoo! Contributing sponsors include: eLearn magazine, Menlo Technology Group, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and User Interface Engineering.

For further information, visit the World Wide Web site at:

Or contact the CHI 2003 Conference Office at:

401 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611 USA

phone: +1 312 321 4096
fax: +1 312 673 6961

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