Designing a Usability
June 5, 2003
Rockville, MD, USA
As the demand for user-centered design increases, more and more government agencies are considering developing their own usability labs. Staff who designed and developed the National Cancer Institute’s Communication Technologies Research Center (CTRC) will explain how they developed one of the most innovative usability testing and training facilities in the country.
What You’ll Learn:
This new seminar will demonstrate:
- the importance of incorporating human factors into the design and functionality of communication technologies
- how to choose a winning team to build your lab
- what role every member should play
For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact the NCI CTB Education Program at firstname.lastname@example.org
20th Annual Symposium and Open House
May 29-30, 2003
Human-Computer Interaction Lab
University of Maryland, USA
The HCIL’s annual Symposium & Open House is an event where the public can learn in detail about the cutting edge research going on at the HCIL. The event consists of a day of tutorials and workshops followed by the main Symposium & Open House.
An Introduction to Human Computer
This tutorial will summarize the design, development, and evaluation of computer user interfaces. The goal is to shift the mindset of developers to thinking that the basic goal of software should be to serve people, and not the other way around. This tutorial is suitable for people with no background in design or HCI.
An Introduction to Usability Testing
Usability has emerged as a fundamental area of competition for businesses developing traditional GUI-based applications, Web sites, and Web-enabled applications. Users must be able to get the product to perform its functions with minimal or no errors, quickly and consistently with little or no training. Attendees will be introduced to the approaches, tools, and methodologies of usability testing.
An Introduction to Web Design
Companies and organizations are realizing that it’s not enough just to place information on the Web, but that information must be presented in an easy-to-use manner! In addition, Web sites should be designed so that people with disabilities can access the site using assistive technologies. This tutorial will cover the topics of user involvement in Web development, Web navigation and information architecture, user frustration on the Web, Web accessibility (including Section 508), and methods for improving the usability of a Web site.
Interfaces for Mobile Devices
While PDAs, phones, and other mobile devices have become extremely popular, they still often remain challenging to use. In this workshop, the aim is to get a group of researchers and practitioners working on interfaces for mobile devices to learn from each other, and to discuss what is needed to push this field ahead.
Information Visualization Evaluation
The InfoVis contest organized at the occasion of the InfoVis 2003 conference is a small step toward the formalization of methods for evaluating information visualization tools. The challenges of information evaluation will be discussed, the applicability of other evaluation methods will be reviewed, and plans for the development of metrics, taxonomies, and benchmark repositories will be prepared.
For more information, visit www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/soh/
Web Accessibility Training
May 14, 2003
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UK
User-Lab, a leading user-centered design center, is providing this training in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and ECOTEC Research & Consulting. The training will be of particular interest to Web developers and designers working in the fields of health, local authorities, education, and other public sector organizations.
The training event will feature a session outlining practical techniques to improve accessibility based on the RNIB’s Campaign for Good Web Design and the Web Accessibility Initiative’s (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
ECOTEC has considerable expertise in developing accessible Web sites for the public sector, and the RNIB’s Campaign for Good Web Design (part of its "See It Right" initiative) has successfully encouraged high-profile Web site owners (such as Tesco, Greater Manchester Police and Royal Mail) to take the necessary steps to improve the design of their online services [for disabled persons].
The training event will provide numerous benefits for delegates:
- learn about Web accessibility
- develop skills and practical techniques to help make Web sites accessible
- discover how to implement accessibility guidelines appropriately and effectively
- evaluate sites’ compliance with accessibility guidelines using tools provided in a delegate pack
- understand the limitations of accessibility guidelines
- gain expert feedback on delegates’ Web sites in terms of accessibility and usability
- share experiences and best practice with other delegates and trainers
For more information, e-mail email@example.com
Call for Papers
Let’s Talk Workshop
October 17, 2003
University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
"Let’s Talk" is a workshop associated with the 2003 Loebner Prize Contest and will be on the future of natural language interactions between humans and machines as part of a two-day event culminating in the Loebner Prize Contest, based on the Turing Test. In addition, it will focus on the human and social aspects of natural language interfaces, and will be multidisciplinarybringing together researchers from a wide area of expertise, as well as those from HCI, psychology, and computing. Contributors from sociology, economics, anthropology, science and technology studies, and innovation studies are expected.
The intention is to have up to 10 papers covering different aspects of natural language interfaces from a human and social perspective. All types of natural language human-machine interfaces are of interest. Particular areas of interest are:
- assessing end-user requirements
- modelling dialogue
- developing metrics of success
- dealing with emotions
- engendering trust
- implications for the digital divide
- potential uses: commercial, public service and domestic
- cross cultural issues
- economic implications
This list is not exclusive and papers covering other areas will be considered. However, papers MUST be concerned with the user’s experience.
Paper submissions and participation applications deadline: June 27, 2003
Notification of acceptance: (papers and participants) August 1, 2003
Final versions: September 19, 2003
For more information, visit www.surrey.ac.uk/dwrc/talk03/
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