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HCI International News, Number 43, September 2010


Submission of paper and tutorial proposals for HCII 2011 – deadline 15 October 2010

The HCI International 2011 jointly with the affiliated Conferences invite you to Orlando, Florida, USA to participate and contribute to the international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of HCI.

HCI International 2011 incorporates 12 Conferences / thematic areas, expecting to attract over 2,000 participants from all over the world. For more information about the topics listed under each thematic area, please visit the Conference Management System (CMS, https://www.hcii2011.org).

The Conference will feature: Plenary / Keynote Presentation, Parallel Sessions, Poster Sessions, Tutorials and Exhibition.
Abstract submission of paper and tutorial proposals for HCI International 2011 is now open through the Conference Management System (CMS, https://www.hcii2011.org).

Prospective authors will need to create, if they have not done so yet, their individual account by filling-in an Account Signup Form with the CMS in order to proceed with abstract submission. Once they have created their account, they can login into the CMS and submit an abstract, view their submission(s), and update their account and contact information.

The deadlines for submission for proposals are:
Papers 800 words, Friday, 15 October 2010
Tutorials 300 words, Friday, 15 October 2010
Posters 300 words, Friday, 11 February 2011

For more information, please visit the HCI International 2011 Website

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Eye catcher in the News

There were three topics that captured my attention while I was reviewing the press. As an HCI specialist, I feel that one way or another, this might affect our professional life, if not our daily life. The first bit of news was the announcement by Google and Verizon that stated they are nearing an agreement that "could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege"(New York Times August 4, 2010). However this might also mean that access to other content would be slower.

Then in another article Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff (wired.com, August 17, 2010) argues that although the usage of the Internet network (a physical networks of devices) is augmenting, the usage of world wide web would decline due to the shift of usage from web browsing to apps. They write that "You’ve spent the day on the Internet — but not on the Web" because "Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display. "

Though one might argue that this trend might not necessarily happen soon, or that perhaps another eventual technology mutation might stop the life of Apps and create something else, it is noticeable that the building and designing of the application for a variety of features and products is the trend in the user interface design and human computer interaction. This would obviously affect search based user behaviors influenced by Google into a more selective pattern.

From the design perspective a variety of changes can be highlighted, such as the slow conversion to smaller screens. Looking at the multitude of apps on smart phones and their behaviors shows the extent at which learning is facilitated by fewer amount of rules or patterns to learn.

The third story I noticed was an interesting investigation by the Wall Street Journal, which was echoed by other press (National Public Radio network), showing that the fastest-growing businesses on Internet are the ones spying on consumers (Wall Street Journal, July 30th 2010) and how the Web sites (including WSJ) that we are visiting each day are tracking our behavior by using "cookies," "beacons" and "Flash cookies," on our computers. According to this study, an average of 64 tracking cookies were installed from each site by the 50 sites on a test computer used to conduct the study. This study reports that only one site, the encyclopedia Wikipedia.org, installed none and "twelve sites, including IAC/InterActive Corp.'s Dictionary.com, Comcast Corp.'s Comcast.net and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN.com, installed more than 100 tracking tools apiece in the course of the Journal's test".


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Book Review: Content Preparation Guidelines for the Web and Information Appliances

Content preparation is an integral part of the usability equation: it answers the question of what information is needed for effective decision making. Once content preparation has been established, the question "how to present what" can be answered. Content Preparation Guidelines for the Web and Information Appliances: Cross-Cultural Comparisons provides a theoretical foundation and operational tools to effectively prepare content so that users are able to make correct decisions regarding the purchase of goods and services.

This book provides a theoretical foundation and operation tools in order to prepare content for web. Chapter 1 covers an overview of content knowledge, chapter 2 an extensive related literature review, chapter 3 factors structure of content preparation, chapter 4 cross cultural comparison of content preparation and finally chapter 5 offers guidelines for content preparation.

"Content Preparation Guidelines for the Web and Information", by Huafei Liao, Yinni Guo, April Savoy and Gavriel Salvendy, CRC Press, 2010, 176 Pages, ISBN-978-1-4200-6777-4.

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Recent Interesting News and Articles

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

September 2010

October 2010

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The Special issue of Interacting with Computers, Volume 22, Issue 4, Pages 241-312 (July 2010) edited by Gavin Doherty and Timothy Bickmore on the topic: Supportive Interaction: Computer Interventions for Mental Health is now available at:

The Special issue of Interacting with Computers Volume 22, Issue 5, Pages 313-438 (September 2010) Edited by Effie Lai-Chong Law and Paul van Schaik on the topic: Modeling user experience - An agenda for research and practice
Interacting with Computers

12-15 September 2010: IEEE International Symposium on Robots and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN), Viareggio, Italy The theme of the conference is "Thinking and acting together: cognitive and cooperative interaction between human and robots"

16-17 September 2010: USAB 2010: HCI IN WORK & LEARNING, LIFE & LEISURE (ALL aspects of Human-Computer Interaction and Usability), Co-located with the Alps Adria Psychology Conference 2010
Klagenfurt University, Lake Wörth

13-16 October 2010: ISMAR2010, The Ninth IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality
Seoul, Korea. Papers and Posters submission deadline: May 1, 2010

3-5 November, 2010: HCI-Aero 2010, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

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We welcome your contribution to the HCI International News. Please send to us interesting news, short articles, interesting websites, etc. We will consider your comments and contributions for upcoming issues. Please send your contribution to the Editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem.

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About HCI International NEWS

The HCI International NEWS is a newsletter that contains information about the HCI International 2011 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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