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HCI International News, Number 109, September 2021


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HCII 2021: Held virtually - Thank you for your participation

HCI International 2021, the 23rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, was held from 24 to 29 July 2021, under the auspices of 21 distinguished international boards of 469 Members from 54 Countries. The conference was planned to be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC, USA, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with everyone’s health and safety in mind, HCII2021 was run as a virtual conference.

Over 2,150 individuals from 81 countries were registered to attend this year's conference.

The conference program was adapted to suit the needs of its virtual format. Parallel sessions and tutorials run concurrently over the six-day period (24-29 July 2021). In this way, the daily load of the conference was four hours (two sessions, two-hours each, with a half-hour break in-between).

HCII 2021 also hosted on 26 July an open (for registered conference participants) event on Human-Centered AI (https://www.cecs.ucf.edu/human-centered-ai/), organized by the Human Centered Artificial Intelligence (HCAI) Working Group. The event featured four sessions with 24 presentations in total, and was very well attended and received by the Conference participants. This open event was followed on the next day by a closed Workshop (invited participants only) on HCAI Research priorities. The Workshop identified current ‘grand challenges’ which need to be addressed in order to ensure the human-centered design of AI technologies, and its results will be consolidated in a White Paper to be published in the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction (IJHCI).

The HCII 2021 conference was privileged to have Professor Michitaka Hirose (The University of Tokyo, Japan) joining us as the keynote speaker at the opening plenary session. His well-received speech was entitled: “Advances in VR Technology and the Post-Coronavirus Society”.

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

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HCII 2021: Best Poster and Papers 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 2021: Proceedings

The Conference Proceedings are published by Springer in the LNCS, LNAI and CCIS series and are available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library, readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world.

HCII 2021 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 have been included in the “HCII 2021 - Late Breaking Papers” volumes (LNCS series), while Poster Extended Abstracts have been included as short research papers in the “HCII 2021 - Late Breaking Posters” volumes (CCIS series). The “Late Breaking Work” volumes of the proceedings, currently under preparation, will also become available, all together forming the full set of the HCII 2021 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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HCII 2022: The conference will be held as a virtual event

A message from the General Chair:

Dear colleagues,

We regret to inform you that, with everyone’s health and safety in mind, HCII2022 will be organized and run as a virtual conference. Despite our intention to host the HCII 2022 conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a hybrid event, a variety of current restrictions coupled with the future uncertainty regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the organization of an international event of this size, have led to the inevitable decision to host HCII 2022 virtually. The ‘in-person’ conference in Gothenburg is postponed for June 2025.

Building on the invaluable experience in organizing and running the HCII 2020 and HCII 2021 conferences virtually, HCII 2022 will run as a richer virtual event, including Tutorials, a Student Design Competition and a variety of satellite events and networking activities (to be announced in due course).  The HCII Conference has also started a sponsorship and collaboration arrangement with the World Usability Day regarding its ‘Design Challenge’ awards.

Conference and Tutorial registration will be offered at 50% of the 'in-person' fees. In view of the circumstances, the Papers and Tutorials submission deadline (8th of October) has been extended to the 22nd of October.

Hosting the conference virtually can never be as good as an ‘in-person’ conference, as we lose the opportunity of ‘live networking’. So, we sincerely hope that the coronavirus situation will improve in time to allow us to meet each other again in Copenhagen, Denmark for HCII 2023.

We look forward to your active participation in the HCII2022 virtual conference, hoping it will be a fruitful and enjoyable experience for all.

Kind regards,
Constantine Stephanidis
General Chair, HCII2022

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HCII 2022: Call for Participation

HCI International 2022, jointly with its Thematic Areas and Affiliated Conferences, held under one management and one registration, invites you to participate and contribute, through papers, posters, tutorials, and a Student Design Competition to this major international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical and applied areas of HCI. Past HCII Conferences were attended by about 2,000 participants from more than 70 countries.

HCII 2022 will be held under the auspices of 21 distinguished international boards. Please visit the Conference website for the list of topics of each Thematic Area / Affiliated Conference.

Please mark in your calendar the dates of the HCII 2022 Conference and the deadlines for submissions:

  • 22 October 2021: regular paper proposals (an abstract of 800 words is required)
  • 22 October 2021: tutorial proposals (an abstract of 300 words is required)
  • 21 January 2022: poster proposals (an abstract of 300 words is required)
  • 14 March 2022: student design proposals (an abstract of 300 words and a video clip are required)

Additionally, the Conference has a long established tradition of inviting distinguished scientists and professionals in the broader HCI field to organize parallel sessions. Prospective authors should submit their proposal upon invitation from a session organizer. The process is open until 4 February 2022 (under the guidance of Parallel Session Organizers).

An award will be presented to the Best Paper of each of the HCII 2022 Thematic Areas / Affiliated Conferences and the Best Poster extended abstract.

The Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Papers will appear in volumes of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Poster Extended Abstracts in the form of short research papers will be published in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.

Student Design Competition: Students are invited to submit an up to 5-minute video clip and an abstract summarizing their design idea. The deadline for Video and Abstract Submission is 14 March 2022.

The Call for Participation is available through the Conference website.

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HCII 2022: Registration

HCII 2022 is organized and will be run as a virtual conference and all fees are offered at 50% of the 'in-person' fees.

Detailed information about the registration fees is available through the Conference website.

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World Usability Day - 2021 Design Challenge Awards sponsored by HCII2022

The 2021 World Usability Initiative (WUI) Design Challenge is open for submissions. This year's theme is "Design of our Online World: Trust, Ethics, and Integrity."

The design challenge awards are sponsored by HCII2022 Conference and will be conferred during the opening plenary session. The Gold, Silver and Bronze award recipients will be invited, with complimentary registration, to present their work in a special session during the conference.

WUI builds on the established achievements of World Usability Day. However, usability is a year round challenge requiring year round responses. The Design Challenge is a recent WUI activity.

Deadline for submissions: September 24, 2021
Prizes will be announced: World Usability Day: November 11, 2021
Awards will be conferred during the HCII 2022 opening plenary session

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Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 5th edition

The classic Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 5th edition, edited by Gavriel Salvendy and Waldemar Karwowski, has just been published by Wiley. It provides comprehensive coverage of HCI foundations and presents cutting-edge and in-depth coverage of the key HCI areas, as illustrated under the following three links.

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Special Issue on "AI in HCI" in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction

In view of the emerging spread of AI in computing systems of everyday use, and the mutual benefits from the fruitful cooperation of AI and HCI, the IJHCI Special Issue on “AI in HCI” calls for contributions highlighting efforts to bring closer AI and HCI resources and demonstrating progress in related topics, novel solutions as well as open challenges. Appropriate submissions include state-of-the-art technological systems, empirical studies, theories and overviews of methodological advances. Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to: trust and explainability, fair and ethical AI, Human – Centered AI, human-in-the loop AI approaches, generative UX / UI design, cognitive computing and HCI, multimodal interaction based on Deep Learning, interactive Machine Learning, conversational AI, artificial personal assistants, human machine teaming, intelligent visualization, visual predictive analytics, intelligent technologies in various application domains.

Submission deadline: 31 October 2021.

Additional information and submission instructions are available.

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