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HCI International News, Number 28, March 2008


HCI International 2009

The 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2009, will be held jointly with the affiliated Conferences in the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, in San Diego, California, USA, 19-24 July 2009.

It will cover a broad spectrum of themes related to Human Computer Interaction, including theoretical issues, methods, tools, processes and case studies in HCI design, as well as novel interaction techniques, interfaces and applications.

The program will feature, among others: pre-conference half-day and full-day tutorials, parallel sessions, poster presentations, an opening session with a keynote address, an exhibition including demonstrations by industrial companies.

The Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer.

For the Call for Participation and further information, please visit the Conference website.

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HCII 2009 - Exhibition

In the context of the HCI International 2009 Conference Exhibition, exhibitors will have an ideal opportunity to exhibit their products and services to an 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. More information about the Exhibition will be available in the future through the Conference website.

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HCII 2009 - Sponsorship

Organizations wishing to sponsor a special event or to be a general sponsor of the Conference are welcome to contact the Sponsorship Administration at sponsorship@hcii2009.org.

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Kevin Michael Corker: 1953-2008

Kevin Michael Corker, an international pillar in aeronautics human factors, a dedicated Human Factors Professor at San José State University and a recognized expert in aviation, died January 17, 2008 at his home in San Jose California. He had been fighting a very severe illness over the past 12 months. He was 54 years old, and is survived by his wife, his 2 children, his parents and his sisters.

Kevin received his bachelor's degree from Loyola College of Maryland and his PhD from UCLA. Following a distinguished association with BBN Technologies and the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, he joined San José State University in 1998 as a Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, teaching in the areas of systems engineering, experimental design and human-computer interaction. Kevin's research focused on the computational representation of human cognitive processes in interaction with complex systems and the role human behavior plays in complex environments such as commercial aviation safety as well as space, military and nuclear power plant operations. He served part time from 2003 – 2006 as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and following that assignment, continued his teaching and research responsibilities through fall 2007.

Kevin was a dynamic member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics community at San Jose State University where he and his colleagues secured several million dollars in grants since 1999 from various agencies, including NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration. He also testified before Congress and served as a consultant to aeronautics programs abroad including the European Space Agency. He was a past Chair of the FAA’s Human Factors Subcommittee. His commitment was recognized by numerous professional awards, including the Teacher of the Year award for the College of Engineering in 2005.

The death of K.M. Corker is a great loss not only for his family and for the Human Factors and Ergonomics community, but also for all of us at San José State University.


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Brief Book Review: Social and Community Informatics: Human on the Net

Who better than Gunilla Bradley to help us understand the relationship between ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and the changes in the social and psychological environment? In the 265 pages of this book, Bradley, who has extensively researched and monitored social aspect of ICT, explains, through her own research career, the evolution of this field and the milestones in the social, organizational and psychological effects of computerization in human society.

After ample review of the theoretical perspective, the author covers almost all aspects of ICT and society; home of the future (Chapter 5), changes in communities (Chapter 6), psychological and organization effects (Chapter 7), stress related to ICT(Chapter 8), and recommendations for the necessary actions (Chapter 9).

After elegantly offering a historic background of ICT, the book provides a good overview and understanding of social and communication issues in the modern societies and internet era. By creating a parallel between her own research, monitoring of the field, and the problems of “Social and Informatics” in space and time, the author provides a unique contribution to this discipline. I personally enjoyed reading this book and learning about Swedish society. I highly recommend reading it. It is useful to everybody and not just HCI professionals.


Social and Community Informatics: Human on the Net, Gunilla Bradley, Rutledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 265 pages. ISBN13: 978-0-415-38185-7(pbk)

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Book announcement: “Cognition, Communication and Interaction Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Interactive Technology”

Satinder P. Gill, Cambridge, UK (Ed.)
Springer, 2008. XXIV, 592 p. 20 illus. Hardcover
Human-Computer Interaction Series
ISBN: 978-1-84628-926-2

Cognition, Communication and Interaction examines the theoretical and methodological research issues that underlie the design and use of interactive technology. Present interactive designs are addressing the multi-modality of human interaction and the multi-sensory dimension of how we engage with each other. This book aims to provide a trans-disciplinary research framework and methodology for interaction design. The analysis directs attention to three human capacities that our engagement with interactive technology has made salient and open to constant redefinition. These capacities are human cognition, communication and interaction. In this book examination of these capacities is embedded in understanding the following foundations for design: concepts of “communication and interaction” and their application (Part 1); conceptions of “knowledge and cognition” (Part 2); the role of aesthetics and ethics in design (Part 3).

Contents: Part 1: Communication and Interaction.- Knowledge as Embodied Performance.- Cognitive Technology.- Knowledge in Co-Action.- Degrees of Engagement in Interactive Workspaces.- The Nature of Virtual Communities.- 'Use' Discourses in System Development.- A Pattern Approach to Interaction Design.- 'CSCW' Design Reconceptualised through Science Studies.- Designing for Workplace Learning.- The Narrative Aspect of Scenario Building.- Narration, Discourse and Dialogue.- Rethinking the Interaction Architecture.- Towards a General Theory of the Artificial.- Part 2: Knowledge and Cognition.- The Socratic and Platonic Basis of Cognitivism *bleep*pit Cognition.- Two Legs, Thing Using and Talking.- Rule-Following and Tacit Knowledge.- Seeing and Seeing-As.- The Practice of the Use of Computers.- The Contribution of Tacit Knowledge to Innovation.- The Nurse as an Engineer.- The Role of 'Craft Language' in Learning 'Waza'.- Building a Pedagogy around Action and Emotion.- Part 3: Aesthetics, Ethics and Design.- Ethics and Intellectual Structures.- Organisational Spaces and Intelligent Machines.- On the Human-Machine Symbiosis.- What Goes on when a Designer Thinks?- Multimedia Archiving of Technological Change in a Traditional Creative Industry.- Databases are Us.- Leonardo's Choice.- Poetics of Performance Space.- Ethics is Fragile, Goodness is Not.

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FET Coordination Action InterLink - open electronic consultation

The FET-funded Coordination Action InterLink "International Cooperation Activities in Future And Emerging ICTs" aims at advancing Europe’s knowledge in a number of critical research areas, at promoting European solutions and knowledge world-wide and at influencing the way research in these areas will evolve internationally. Towards these goals, InterLink supports coordination actions that will enable the European research community to interact with research communities outside Europe in a series of strategic, basic research areas, related to Information Society Technologies (IST) and provides the means and support mechanisms to link European research communities to the best research carried out in other developed countries in these areas.

The Thematic Areas addressed by InterLink are:

  • Software intensive systems and new computing paradigms
  • Ambient computing and communication environments
  • Intelligent and cognitive systems.

One of the main objectives of InterLink is to define joint basic research agendas, in terms of research priorities, road-mapping activities and joint Research and Technological Development (RTD) initiatives.

Towards this goal, InterLink has launched, on 18 February 2008, an open electronic consultation on major challenges, promising research directions, and effective forms of international collaboration in the addressed Thematic Areas. The first phase of the on line consultation, which will last until 31st March 2008, focuses on the State-of-the-Art in the three thematic areas addressed by InterLink. The corresponding State-of-the-Art reports are available at:
where comments and contributions can also be posted.

A second phase of the online public consultation will be conducted in May, 2008, based on a preliminary version of the research roadmaps, currently under elaboration. The international research community is warmly invited to participate.

More information about the consultation forum, as well as about InterLink is available through the 3rd issue of the InterLink Newsletter at

Prof. Constantine Stephanidis
Scientific Coordinator, InterLink

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Recent Interesting News and Articles

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Upcoming Conferences and Events in the HCI Area



  • 5-10 April: CHI 2008, 26th conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Florence, Italy.



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Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Information, Communication & Society

Special issue on “ICTs & SD (Information and Communication Technologies and Sustainable Development)”.

Guest Editors:

  • Gunilla Bradley, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • Wolfgang Hofkirchner, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg
Assistant Editor:
  • Robert Bichler, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2008
Tentative Publication Date: November, 2008

The objective of this special issue is to discuss current developments in the field of ICTs and Sustainable Development (SD) by providing a forum for both academic researchers and practitioners interested in broadening and deepening the understanding of the sustainability concept.

In the discourse on sustainability there has been a shift from a focus on ecological issues towards the inclusion of broader societal issues. The so called ´Agenda 21´ (1992) in the Rio ´Earth Summit´ stated four mutually independent dimensions of sustainability: ecological, economic, social, and cultural. Such a perspective becomes especially important if one wants to formulate indicators for sustainability. How did so far, can in principle, and could in future, a more comprehensive approach like this influence the understanding of how ICTs can help foster SD?

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work, not under consideration for publication elsewhere, with a theory, research or practice focus on the relationship of ICTs and SD.

Authors may submit articles up to 7,000 words in length by sending an electronic version preferably in Word to the following address only: robert.bichler@sbg.ac.at

Additional details about the submission guidelines can be found on:

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About HCI International News

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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