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HCI International News, Number 102, July 2020


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Our deepest sympathy goes to the families of those who died due to coronavirus infection in the world. We hope the world soon recovers from this disaster, and things are going to get better soon.


HCII 2020: Held virtually - Thank you for your participation

HCI International 2020, the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, was held from 19 to 24 July 2020, under the auspices of 21 distinguished international boards of 492 Members from 49 Countries. The conference was planned to be held at the AC Bella Sky Hotel and Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, but due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the decision of the Danish government not to allow events larger than 500 people to be hosted until the 1st of September 2020, it was held virtually.

The format of the virtual HCII conference program has changed, spreading the duration of the conference to six days (19-24 July 2020), occupying also the period originally scheduled for the pre-conference tutorials that had been cancelled. In this way, the daily load of the conference was reduced to four hours: two sessions, two-hours each (with a half-hour break in-between). The conference started and ended at a different time each day allowing participants from different time zones (77 countries around the world) to join the conference during time-periods which, for some of the time, were more convenient for them, taking particularly into account - to the extent possible, the 'time-zone' of the presenters.

We were privileged to have Professor Gregg Vanderheiden, School of Information Studies, University of Maryland, Director of the Trace R&D Center and Co-Director of Raising the Floor – International and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project, joining us as the keynote speaker at the opening plenary session. His speech was entitled: “Advancing technologies will allow us to reinvent HCI. Can we use it to finally address digital interface inequality - with less effort - and to better effect?”.

We would like to thank each and every one of the Conference participants for their valuable contribution towards the success of this Conference.

We are hopeful that the current situation with the pandemic will improve and allow us to meet each other in person next year for the HCII 2021 conference, scheduled to take place at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC, USA, 24-29 July 2021. And as we were obliged to miss Copenhagen this year, we are planning to schedule the conference venue there for 2023.

Over 2,400 individuals from 77 countries have registered to attend this year's conference.

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HCII 2020: Best Poster and Papers and Awards

As established in previous years, twenty-two awards were conferred during the Opening Plenary Session. The awards, in the form of a certificate, were presented to the author(s) of the Best Paper of each Thematic Area / Affiliated Conference and of the Best Poster Extended Abstract.

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HCII 2020: Proceedings

The Conference Proceedings are published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) and Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series and are available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library, readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world.

HCII 2020 also offered the option of “Late Breaking Work”, for both for papers and posters, with the corresponding volumes of the proceedings to be published after the Conference. Full papers will be included in the “HCII 2020 - Late Breaking Papers” volumes (LNCS series), while Poster Extended Abstracts will be included as short research papers in the “HCII 2020 - Late Breaking Posters” volumes (CCIS series).

All Conference participants are able to browse, search, read and download in PDF format, the initial 40 volumes of the Proceedings already available, until the 31st August 2020, through their conference (CMS) account.

The “Late Breaking Work” volumes of the proceedings, currently under preparation, will also become available by the end of September, all together forming the full set of the HCII 2020 Conference Proceedings. Springer also offers for sale all volumes, individually and as a full set (after completion), in soft cover, with a significant discount for authors.

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Seven HCI Grand Challenges - A White Paper published as an IJHCI article

A group of 32 experts involved in the community of the Human Computer Interaction International (HCII) Conference series have collaborated to investigate the grand challenges which arise in the current and emerging landscape of rapid technological evolution towards more intelligent interactive technologies. The result of this collaboration is an article published in the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction (IJHCI, Vol. 35 issue 14, pp. 1229-1269), identifying seven grand challenges: Human-Technology Symbiosis; Human-Environment Interactions; Ethics, Privacy and Security; Well-being, Health and Eudaimonia; Accessibility and Universal Access; Learning and Creativity; and Social organization and Democracy. The views and research priorities of this international interdisciplinary group of experts are summarized, reflecting different scientific perspectives, methodological approaches and application domains. Each identified Grand Challenge is analyzed in terms of concept and problem definition, main research issues involved, state of the art, associated emerging requirements and future research directions.

Open Access Article: Stephanidis, C., Salvendy, G., et al. (2019). Seven HCI Grand Challenges. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 35 (14), 1229-1269. DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2019.1619259.

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The HCI International NEWS is a newsletter that contains information about the HCI International Conference, book reviews, news from the field of HCI, as well as links to interesting articles and conferences. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to make a contribution, please contact the Editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem. The opinions that are expressed in this Newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company.

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