What's happening

XI.1 January + February 2004
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What’s happening


Authors:
Marisa Campbell

Symposium

bullet.gif BHCIG Symposium on Usability and Interactive Television–Edinburgh
January 22, 2004
Napier University
Edinburgh, Scotland

The British HCI Group in conjunction with the ScotlandIS Usability Forum will host a symposium aimed at exploring current and emerging trends in usability issues pertaining to interactive television (iTV). This will be of direct relevance to usability professionals, broadcasters, HCI researchers, and iTV application developers.

The development of effective and engaging iTV applications remains problematic, with issues such as personalization, accessibility and platform dependency still to be resolved. If interactivity is to extend beyond alternative camera angles and online quizzes, then a thorough understanding of the full range of usability and accessibility issues is essential.

The symposium will provide a platform for leading developers and researchers to present their experiences, plans and projections on the current state of the art and to consider the future prospects for interactive TV systems accessible to all. There will be ample opportunity for discussion and debate, through which it is hoped to distil an agenda for collaborative research and developement focused on the central usability issues in interactive TV.

bullet.gif Presenters include:

James Stewart, Research Fellow and Doctoral Student

Chris van der Kuyl, President and CEO of VIS entertainment plc.

Jonathan Marshall, BBC Scotland Interactive

David Sloan, Research Director of the Digital Media Access Group at the University of Dundee

Bill Gash, Partners in Television Ltd.

Lyn Pemberton, Principal Lecturer at University of Brighton, and Coordinator of the Interactive Technologies Research Group

For more information, visit: http://i-media.soc.napier.ac.uk/uitv2004/index.html

Call for Papers

bullet.gif CFP APCHI 2004
June 30-July 2, 2004
Royal Lakeside
Novotel Hotel
Rotorua, New Zealand

APCHI 2004 is the sixth regional HCI conference for the Asia-Pacific region and provides a unique opportunity within the region to keep abreast of the latest developments in the area. It attracts researchers and practitioners from around the world and with a wide range of interests, including human factors and ergonomics, human-computer interaction, information systems, software engineering, artificial intelligence, design, social sciences and management and associated disciplines.

APCHI 2004 will bring together HCI scholars, engineers and computer practitioners in business and industry to present and discuss their latest work, exchange and share their experiences, and explore new ideas and research results on all aspects of computer-human interaction.

bullet.gif Keynote Speakers

Don Norman

Susan Dray

bullet.gif Conference Topics

Contributions that advance any area of CHI research and practice are invited. Suggested topics are presented in the following list, but other appropriate topics are welcome:

  • HCI in mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive computing contexts
  • HCI in the home
  • HCI theories, methods and practice
  • perceptual and adaptive user interfaces
  • interaction design for people with disabilities
  • user interface software tools, architectures and technologies
  • case studies of HCI and interface design in practice
  • interaction techniques and devices, including pen, gesture, speech, and virtual and augmented realities
  • psychological aspects of HCI
  • user interface design for information retrieval systems
  • user interfaces for information visualization
  • user interfaces and culture, internationalization and localization
  • HCI and education

bullet.gif Submissions

Submissions are invited in the following categories: full papers, tutorials, workshops, doctoral consortium.

Papers should be up to 10 pages in length, must report original work, and must not have been previously published. Tutorial proposals must provide the following information: duration (full or half-day tutorial), learning objectives of the tutorial, material to be covered, how the tutorial will be conducted, required materials, relevance to conference attendees, and some sample tutorial content. Workshop proposals must provide the following information: workshop topic, call for participation (suitable for inclusion in the advance program), how the workshop will be conducted, and its relevance to conference attendees. The doctoral consortium will provide a stimulating environment for students to discuss their work in an interdisciplinary workshop with researchers and other students. Submissions must include: a two-page extended abstract describing the thesis work, including the title, author, abstract, keywords and references; a supporting letter from the research supervisor; and statement indicating what the student wishes to gain from the consortium.

bullet.gif Important Dates

Submission Deadline: January 16, 2004

Response to Authors: March 1, 2004

Deadline for Camera-Ready Submissions: April 2, 2004

For general enquiries: enquiries@apchi2004.org.nz

For submission enquiries: programme-chair@apchi2004.org.nz

Call for Papers

bullet.gif 2004 Americas Conference on Information Systems
New York, NY
August 5-8, 2004

Accessibility is the ability of persons, regardless of ability, to easily access information, regardless of form, structure, or presentation. Fifty-four million Americans—nearly one in five—live with some form of disability (cognitive, visual, or audio) that makes accessing information difficult. Though great strides have been made during the past decade to accommodate those with special needs (including the development of numerous assistive technologies), there is still much to be done. For example, as the Internet and World Wide Web become an integral component of daily life, Web accessibility becomes more vital.

Accessibility goes beyond making information available for people with disabilities. Increasing accessibility may in turn increase use of systems by users without disabilities as well. Those with less powerful computers or slow Internet connections may find it preferable to purchase from accessible-friendly Web sites that require less bandwidth. For example, some might find it beneficial to surf the Web with the graphics function turned off, thus decreasing download time. Given this broad definition of accessibility, a number of research perspectives are expected from such areas as Information Systems, Information Science, Library Science, Education, Computer Science, and Engineering.

The purpose of this mini-track is to provide a forum for research addressing IT Systems Accessibility. Research including, but not limited to, the following topics would be fitting:

  • Accessibility
  • Internet and Web Accessibility
  • Assistive Technology
  • Adaptive Technology
  • Accessibility within Workforce
  • Usability

All of the above areas contribute to understanding IT Systems Accessibility. Thus, papers addressing any of the areas would be welcome. Various forms of research including conceptual, lab experiments, surveys, and case studies, among others, would be appropriate.

bullet.gif Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1, 2004

Paper Submission Deadline: February 22, 2004

Notification of Acceptance: March 30, 2004

Camera Ready Copy Due: May 15, 2004

For more information, visit http://users.wpi.edu/~eloiacon/AMCIS2004/accessminitrack.htm

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