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Dec 05, 2005

HCI 2006: Engage!

Via Usability news

11-15 September 2006
Queen Mary, University of London
The 20th British HCI Group conference in co-operation with ACM.

From the conference's website:
For the first time, the HCI conference is engaging with six core themes. These themes capture some of the established favourite ideas in the community as well as suggest new collaborations and approaches. The goal for you as a submitter is to engage with one of the themes in rich and unexpected ways. At the conference, we will be setting up discussions where you will have the opportunity to challenge and be challenged on how you have adopted the theme.

This year Volume 1 papers will printed as usual, and for the first time will be published electronically with the cooperation of the ACM, see www.acm.org

In line with changes in our field, we are putting an emphasis on useful and usable research. The British HCI conference is an international forum for academics and practitioners interested in how people and technology work together. We are making no distinction between practitioners and researchers. So we say, "Farewell, Industry Day -just come for the people and the ideas"

First deadline: 3rd February, 2006


The six themes have been developed in consultation with members of the HCI community. Submissions to the conference should engage with one of the themes below and respond to the theme?s question so that the sessions at the conference can foster lively and challenging debate. There are many ways to cut each category - theories, practice, novel interaction paradigms, and so on - our aim is to bring together different points of view on each topic for lively and coherent discussion at the conference.

1. Enthralling experiences: what draws people in?
- Performance, aesthetics, emotion, and creativity: powerful engagement can be a means or an end.
2. Interactions in the wild: how does technology breach boundaries?
- The border between chaos and control changes as interactions leave the desktop and go mobile.
3. Connecting with others: what happens around and through technology?
- Interacting with colleagues and friends is helped and hindered by the connecting technology.
4. Mind, body, and spirit: how does diversity impact?
- People are different, so interactions should span age, ability, culture and gender.
5. Interactions for me: what improves my experience?
- Technology can be dehumanising but it can also improve working and social life enormously.
6. At the periphery: how can we create ambient engagement?
- Disappearing technologies, such as ubicomp, mixed media, and ambient intelligence, still engage us even though we can?t directly interact withÿthem.

HCI 2006: Engage will be hosted by Queen Mary, University of London drawing on the eclectic mix of communities and practises of the East End of London to inspire an inter-disciplinary meeting of minds.
See conference's web site for full details

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