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HCI International News, Number 36, July 2009



Looking Forward To Seeing You All in San Diego, CA, USA

HCI International 2009 invites you to participate in the international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of Human- Computer Interaction (HCI). The Conference will be held on 19-24 July 2009, in the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA.

This year a total of 4348 individuals from academia, research institutes, industry and governmental agencies from 73 countries have submitted contributions to the Conference, and 1397 papers that were judged to be of high scientific quality are now included in the program.

The HCI International 2009 Conference Proceedings, comprising papers to be presented at the Conference, are published by Springer in a 17-volume set in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series and its subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI). They also are available on-line through the LNCS Digital Library, readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world. All Conference participants will receive in their registration bags the Conference Proceedings published by Springer in DVD format. This DVD will also include, in addition to the papers, the extended abstracts of the posters that will be presented during the Conference. As the DVD will have its own separate ISBN number, posters can also be easily referenced.

To date more than 1800 people have already registered for the Conference and we expect that this number will increase further in the weeks to come, promising a unique international event.
The Conference will also feature a technical exhibition of the latest technologies and related services.

In conjunction with the conference, 23 pre-conference half-day and full-day tutorials will be offered on the HCI related topics by leading researcher scientists and technologists.

Daniel Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Product User Experience, Office of the CTO, SAP Corporation will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony on Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

The Final Program is available at: http://www.hcii2009.org/program.php

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HCII2009 Awards

During the Opening Plenary Session, on the 21st of July 2009, for the first time in the history of the HCI International Conference series, thirteen awards will be conferred.

Eleven awards will be given to the best papers in each Affiliated Conference / Thematic Area. The winners will receive a plaque and a certificate.

The best paper winners of the affiliated conferences / thematic areas are:

  • Ergonomics and Health Aspects of Work with Computers:
    "Development of Portable Robotic Operation Terminals to Achieve Increased Safety and Usability and a Study on the Effectiveness of Wireless Terminals"
    By: Hidetoshi Fukui, Satoshi Yonejima, Masatake Yamano, Masao Dohi, Tomonori Nishiki, Mariko Yamada, Toshihiro Fujita (IDEC Corporation, Japan)

  • Human Interface and the Management of Information:
    "InfoScape: A Browser for User Behavior-based Information Retrieval System"
    By: Masaaki Kawata, Katsuhiko Ogawa (Keio University, Japan)

  • Human-Computer Interaction:
    "High-Fidelity Prototyping of Interactive Systems Can Be Formal too"
    By: Philippe Palanque, Jean-François Ladry, David Navarre, Eric Barboni (Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse 3, France)

  • Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics:
    "The User Knows: Considering the Cognitive Contribution of the User in the Design of Auditory Warnings"
    By: Catherine Stevens, Agnes Petocz (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

  • Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction:
    "BC(eye) – Combining Eye-Gaze Input with Brain-Computer Interaction"
    By: Roman Vilimek (Siemens AG, Germany), Thorsten Zander (Berlin University of Technology, Germany)

  • Virtual and Mixed Reality:
    "Multiuser Collaborative Exploration of Immersive Photorealistic Virtual Environments in Public Spaces"
    By: Scott Robertson, Brian Jones, Tiffany O'Quinn, Peter Presti, Jeff Wilson, Maribeth Gandy (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States)

  • Internationalization, Design and Global Development:
    "Affordable Wireless Connectivity. Linking Poor Latin American Communities. Binding their Schools by Sharing ICT Training for "Maestros" of Primary Schools"
    By: Osvaldo Rodriguez (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

  • Online Communities and Social Computing:
    "Gamers' Implicit Knowledge on the Psychological Influence of Game-Playing"
    Alexander Voiskounsky, Olga Mitina, Anastasiya Avetisova (Moscow State University, Russia)

  • Augmented Cognition:
    "Improved Team Performance Using EEG- and Context-Based Cognitive-State Classifications for a Vehicle Crew"
    By: Kevin Dixon (Sandia National Laboratories, United States), Konrad Hagemann (Daimler AG, Germany), Justin Basilico, Chris Forsythe (Sandia National Laboratories, United States), Siegfried Rothe, Michael Schrauf, Wilhelm Kincses (Daimler AG, Germany)

  • Digital Human Modeling:
    "Augmented Practice Mirror: A Self-Learning Support System of Physical Motion with Real-time Comparison to Teacher's Model"
    By: Itaru Kuramoto (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan), Yoshikazu Inagaki (Kyoto University of Education, Japan), Yu Shibuya, Yoshihiro Tsujino (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan)

  • Human Centered Design:
    "Towards a Theory of Cultural Usability: A Comparison of ADA and CMU Theory"
    By: Torkil Clemmensen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

Among these eleven best papers, one paper will be selected as Best HCI International 2009 Conference paper. The winner, will be announced during the Opening Plenary Session, and will receive a golden medal award and a certificate.

Best Poster award (plaque and certificate) will be also conferred to:

Kristian Lukander from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland, for the poster extended abstract entitled "Tang'o - Tangible Projections".

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HCII2009 Exhibition

In the context of the HCI International 2009 Conference Exhibition, exhibitors will have an ideal opportunity to exhibit their products and services to a very large international audience of over 2,300 researchers, academics, professionals and users in the field of HCI. Attendees will be able to examine state-of-the- art HCI technology and interact with manufacturing representatives, vendors, publishers, and potential employers.

List of Exhibitors:

More information about the HCI International 2009 Conference Exhibition is available at:

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Brief Book Review: Complexity:A Guided Tour

If you want to read about Complexity and Complex Systems outside the traditional human factors or HCI boundaries, then I would absolutely recommend reading Complexity, A Guided Tour and I promise you won t be bored. The author uses an innovative way to explain complexity. By using a variety of scientific theories, borrowing from physics, genetics, biology, mathematics and information systems, to just name a few, Melanie Mitchell explains how the complex systems are built with relatively simple components . Then these simple components, even with limited communication among them, collectively create a complicated and sophisticated system-behavior. An ample number of examples, such as the construction of immune systems and the composition of DNA insect colonies, are provided to support the discussion.

Numerous meticulously selected scientific experiments, observations, and illustrations make the book an even more interesting reading. You will be provided with plenty for your time spent if you don t set your expectations to desiring the immediate extraction of a practical receipt in order to resolve a real case problem and you are open to some philosophical discussions about complexity.

The book is organized into five parts. Part one provides a background and historical perspective, part two describes Life and Evolution in Computers, part three is Computation Writ Large, part four covers "Network Thinking", and finally part five is the conclusion.


Complexity A Guided Tour, Melanie Mitchell, Oxford University Press, 2009, 349Pages, ISBN978-019-512441-5

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The HCI International NEWS is a newsletter that contains information about the HCI International 2009 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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