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HCI International News, Number 76, March 2016

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HCII 2016: Important Deadlines

  • Register to attend with the reduced Regular rate until 16 May 2016
  • Book your accommodation with special rates, limited rooms available until 15 June 2016
  • Poster proposals submission: still open
    Poster sessions will accommodate the presentation of late-breaking scientific and professional news or work in progress. The submission of poster proposals is still open for the Conference. Any proposals received by 1 June 2016, following a peer–review process, will be considered for interactive presentation during the conference. However, these accepted posters will not be included in the Conference Proceedings

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HCII 2016: Tutorials’ Program

21 Half Day Tutorials, listed below, will run from Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19 July 2016. Full day tutorials will not be offered this year. For more information please visit: http://2016.hci.international/tutorials

Sunday, 17 July 2016, 09:00 - 12:30
T01 Extreme Innovation: Lean UX for Mobile & Wearables (Greg Nudelman)
T02 Mobile Persuasion Design+UX: How can Information Design plus Persuasion Design Change Behavior? (Aaron Marcus)
T03 Artificial intelligence and user interaction (Martin Maguire)

Sunday, 17 July 2016, 14:00 - 17:30
T04 Authoring Adaptive Instruction Using the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) (Robert Sottilare, Anne Sinatra, Benjamin S. Goldberg)
T05 Cross-Cultural HCI/User-Experience Design: What are the Differences and Similarities of User Preferences, including China? (Aaron Marcus)
T06 Speech-based Interaction: Myths, Challenges, and Opportunities (Gerald Penn, Cosmin Munteanu)

Monday, 18 July 2016, 09:00 - 12:30
T07 Standardized Usability Questionnaires (James Lewis)
T08 HCI/UX in Science-Fiction Movies/TV: What can We Learn from the Past 100 Years of the Future? (Aaron Marcus)
T09 Modern heuristic design evaluation (Everett McKay)

Monday, 18 July 2016, 14:00 - 17:30
T10 Beyond Significance Testing: Confidence Intervals and Sample Size Estimation for User Research (James Lewis)
T11 Creating Successful Learning and Training Programs using Multiple Modalities of Technologies (Eileen Smith, Cali M. Fidopiastis, Michael Carney, Ronald Tarr)
T12 Research Methods for Eye Tracking in User Experience Design (Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, Andrew Schall)
T13 Human Computer Interaction and Cyber-Security (Abbas Moallem)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 09:00 - 12:30
T14 How to Create User Requirements for Software (Anna Wichansky)
T15 Mobile HCI/User-Experience Design: What Trends are Emerging Worldwide, including China? (Aaron Marcus)
T16 Using Kansei Engineering to design a better user experience (Nigel Bevan)
T17 Communication and Leadership for Effective HCI Teams (Lil Blume)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 14:00 - 17:30
T18 How to Test Software with Users (Anna Wichansky)
T19 How to: Designing Experiments, Working with Metrics and Human Participants (Gisela Susanne Bahr)
T20 Brain neural computer interfaces and novel medical applications (Günter Edlinger, Brendan Allison)
T21 IBM Design Thinking Workshop (Kevin L. Schultz, Camillo Sassano)

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HCII 2016: Accommodation

A number of rooms have been reserved to be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, while reduced rates have been agreed with The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel (conference venue), which is recommended as the main hotel of the Conference. For more information about accommodation, please visit: http://2016.hci.international/accommodation

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HCII 2016: Exhibition

You are invited to exhibit at the HCI International 2016 exhibition. The HCI International Conference is an ideal opportunity to exhibit your products and services to an international audience of over 2000 researchers, academics, professionals and users in the field of HCI. List of Exhibitors registered so far:

Information about the previous years’ exhibition, including pictures and exhibitors, are available in HCII News Facebook page. For more Information about the HCII 2016 exhibition visit: http://2016.hci.international/exhibition

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HCII 2016 Sponsorship

Sponsorship in the context of HCI International 2016 is the ideal opportunity to expose your organization to an international audience of about 2000 researchers, professionals and users in the field of HCI. Sponsorship is not limited to financial support, and can also take the form of material and service provision. If you are interested in contributing to this international event as a sponsor or simply wish to receive more information contact: administration@hcii2016.org

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Cyber Security and Human Factors in HCI Educational Programs

Human society has been transformed through the expansion of digital technology and the rate of this change continues to accelerate dramatically.

  • Residential units will continue to be equipped with more smart devices such as surveillance cameras, temperature controls, and medical tracking devices.
  • Human communication largely occurs through mobile devices and social networking.
  • Financial transactions, from banking to purchasing, are mainly being performed online.
  • Organizations, both public and private enterprises, are being fully digitized. From entering a building to communication with customers, clients and coworkers, as well as the design and creation of new products, everything is managed, recorded, and tracked within the digital realm. Even 'in-person' meetings are recorded or done via video conferencing.
  • Countries rich and poor are being fully managed through digital information. The management of citizen information and requests along with citizen monitoring and surveillance are just a few examples.
  • Countries worldwide are competing as to who can get their hands on information first. Information on defense, commercial industry, and technology that could give a country an advantage over others.

All this is happening within the old frameworks of human society. The rules are still very basic and have not matured to handle the new paradigm; individuals, organizations or countries that have financial control in the world heavily influence the rules. Cyber wars among countries, organizations and people will soon become a common event. Consequently, cyber security is becoming one of top issues that every human must confront.
According to Gartner, global spending on IT security reached $77 billion in 2015, with an increase of 4.7% over 2014. The estimate on information security spending for 2018 is $101 billion. [1]

The Wall Street Journal reports that the demand for cyber security experts is growing 12 times faster than the overall job market, making it one of the most highly sought after in the country. [2]

Forbes reports that more than 200,000 U.S. cyber security jobs are unfilled. The cyber security workforce shortage is expected to reach 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2019. [3](Forbes.com)

Thus it is urgent that society gets ready to handle these new security issues and educates people to manage their way through the cyber world of today and tomorrow. Many higher education institutions are seeing the need to provide programs addressing the developing field of cyber security. Several institutions have created graduate programs to educate future specialist in cyber security. [4]

The "human agent" is at the center of all security systems. According to IBM, 95 percent of all security incidents involve human error. [5] One can assume that human factors should be one of the main areas utilized to educate future security experts. Developing an understanding of human behavior must become a focal area for future experts from both a human computer interaction point of view and a pure human factors perspective.

A quick look at 25 educational programs [6] (Table 1) in the cyber security area reveals that the educational programs are only offered to postgraduates in the U.S. Most of the offered programs are within the Eastern U.S.

Looking at the courses offered in this area reveals no base standard for the content of programs. Among 70 topics identified, only the following are offered by multiple institutions: Forensics (12), Cryptography (8), Information Assurance (9), Information Security (10), Information Technology (6), Network Security (10) and Security Management (4). (Table 1)

It is interesting to observe that among these entire programs only one institution offers a course on "Human Factors and Managing Risk" (Norwich University Online). Even this course is still not a full human factors course.

Many private enterprises seem to hire their security analysts from fields like psychology and the social sciences due to a lack of resources invested in the study of cyber security. This only emphasizes a crucial need for courses in human factors and cyber security not only to be offered more widely as graduate programs, but also to be offered within undergraduate programs.

Abbas Moallem

Table 1: Institutions Offering a Cyber Security Program

  1. (Pittsburgh, PA) Robert Morris University
  2. Boston University (Boston, MA) Boston University
  3. Brandeis University, Graduate Professional Studies (Waltham, MA)
  4. Capitol College (Laurel, MD)
  5. Colorado Technical University (Colorado Springs, CO)
  6. Dakota State University (Madison, SD)
  7. Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI)
  8. DePaul University, College of Computing and Digital Media (Chicago, IL)
  9. Florida Institute of Technology, Harris Institute for Assured Information (Melbourne, FL) Florida Tech
  10. Iowa State University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ames, IA) Iowa State University
  11. Lewis University (Romeoville, IL)
  12. Liberty University Online (Lynchburg, VA)
  13. National University (San Diego, CA)
  14. Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  15. Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies (Evanston, IL)
  16. Norwich University Online (Northfield, VT)
  17. Nova Southeastern University, Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  18. Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, TX)Our Lady of the Lake University
  19. Penn State World Campus (State College, PA)
  20. Regis University (Denver, CO)
  21. Robert Morris University, School of Communications and Information Systems
  22. University of Alabama at Birmingham Online, UAB Collat School of Business (Birmingham, AL)
  23. University of Denver (Denver, CO)
  24. University of Maryland University College (Adelphi, MD)
  25. Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT)
  26. Wilmington University (New Castle, DE)


[1] Retrieved December 24, 2015 from "Gartner Says Worldwide Information Security Spending Will Grow Almost 8 Percent in 2014 as Organizations Become More Threat-Aware"

[2] Retrieved December 24, 2015 from "The Role of Human Error in Successful Security Attacks"

[3] Retrieved December 24, 2015 from "Demand for Cyber Security Jobs Is Soaring"
http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2013/03/04/demand-for-cyber-security-jobs-is-soaring, Accessed on December 24, 2015

[4] Retrieved December 24, 2015 from "The Business of Cybersecurity: 2015 Market Size, Cyber Crime, Employment, and Industry Statistics"

[5] Goda B.S. & Friedma R., Designing a Masters Program in Cybersecurity and Leadership, SIGITE'12, October 11–13, 2012, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Copyright 2012 ACM 978-1-4503-1464-0

[6] Retrieved December 24, 2015, "The 25 Best Online Master of Information Assurance and Security Degree Programs"

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