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HCI International News, Number 50, November 2011


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The HCI community owes a lot to Steve Jobs

We, as the HCI community, all owe a lot to Steve Jobs.

Steven P. Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., a man who transformed computer industry from computers to smartphones, music and movies, passed away in October. He was 56 years old.

Obviously, a lot has already been said about this charismatic technology visionary by the media, personalities around the world, and even Apple users who leave post-it notes on the windows of Apple stores worldwide. We will not repeat what has already been said about him. As practitioners in the field of HCI and usability engineering, we would simply like to add and underline how this man so critically impacted our profession.

Steve Jobs and Apple computers, by investing in products that are easy to use by anyone, have changed the way that user experience is perceived in both technology and computer companies. People working in the field of HCI often make a prime example of Apple products as a standard for a device that has good user experience, while also being commercially successful.

We all owe a lot to him for bringing attention to the philosophy of focusing on the ease of use as an important attribute to a product and "the design that works". As he said himself, "Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it's this veneer - that the designers are handed this box and told, 'Make it look good!' That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works," (New York Times, November 30, 2003).

Thank you, Steve Jobs.


New York Times, November 30, 2003

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HCII2013: Prepare for a great event

The 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will be held, jointly with the affiliated Conferences, under one management and one Registration, at The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 21-26 July 2013.

A new affiliated conference, the 1st International Conference on Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions, will take place, chaired by two pioneers in the Ambient Intelligence (AmI) field, Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz (Germany) and Professor Constantine Stephanidis (Greece).

Please mark in your calendar the Conference dates (21-26 July 2013) and the deadlines for submissions:

  • Friday, 12 October 2012, paper proposals (an abstract of 800 words is required)
  • Friday, 12 October 2012 for tutorial proposals (an abstract of 300 words is required)
  • Friday, 1 February 2013 for poster proposals (an abstract of 300 words is required)

During the conference, you will be able to interact with thousands of participants from academia, research institutes, industry and governmental agencies from all over the world in this truly international event.

The city of Las Vegas, as one of the world’s busiest tourist destinations, offers just about everything – spectacular shows, shops and restaurants, theme park attractions, and the natural beauty of the surrounding lakes, parks and canyons.

The Mirage Hotel, located on Las Vegas Strip, is recommended as the main hotel of the Conference. Many of the guest rooms offered are available with breathtaking views of the tropical pool, majestic mountains or Las Vegas Strip.

For more information and updates, please visit regularly the Conference web site

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HCII 2011: Proceedings

A total of 4039 individuals from academia, research institutes, industry and governmental agencies from 67 countries submitted contributions, and 1318 papers and 232 posters were included in the program.

For the list of the 23 Volumes of the Conference Proceedings, please check our website at:

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"Design and the Digital Divide: Insights from 40 Years in Computer Support for Older and Disabled People"
Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-Preserving Technologies
Alan F. Newell
June 2011

Demographic trends and increasing support costs means that good design for older and disabled people is an economic necessity, as well as a moral imperative. Alan Newell has been described as "a visionary who stretches the imagination of all of us" and "truly ahead of his time." This monograph describes research ranging from developing communication systems for non-speaking and hearing-impaired people to technology to support older people, and addresses the particular challenges older people have with much modern technology.
Alan recounts the insights gained from this research journey, and recommends a philosophy, and design practices, to reduce the "Digital Divide" between users of information technology and those who are excluded by the poor design of many current systems.
How to create and lead interdisciplinary teams, and the practical and ethical challenges of working in clinically related fields are discussed. The concepts of "Ordinary and Extra-ordinary HCI", "User Sensitive Inclusive Design" , and "Design for Dynamic Diversity", and the use of "Creative Design" techniques are suggested as extensions of "User Centered" and "Universal Design." Also described are the use of professional theatre and other methods for raising designers' awareness of the challenges faced by older and disabled people, ways of engaging with these groups, and of ascertaining what they "want" rather than just what they "need."
This monograph will give all Human Computer Interaction (HCI) practitioners and designers of both mainstream and specialized IT equipment much food for thought.

Table of Contents:
40 years--Highlights and a Brief Review / Communication Systems for Non-Speaking and Hearing-Impaired People / TV Subtitling for Hearing-Impaired People / Word Prediction for Non-Speaking People and Systems for those with Dyslexia / Providing Reusable Conversation for Non-Speaking People / Story Telling and Emotion in Synthetic Speech / Lessons Learned from Designing AAC Devices / IT Systems for Older People / Designing IT Systems for Older People / Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary Human Computer Interaction / User Sensitive Inclusive Design / The Use of Professional Theatre / Attacking the Digital Divide

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"The Universal Access Handbook" - a special offer to all HCII NEWS subscribers

All subscribers of the HCII NEWS will receive 20% discount on the print version of the "The Universal Access Handbook", edited by Constantine Stephanidis, when ordering directly online through CRC Press.
Catalog no. ER628X, June 2009, 1034 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8058-6280-5
$154.95 / £99.00

Readers will have the opportunity to explore the unfolding scientific, methodological, technological, and policy issues involved in the process of achieving universal access in the information society.

Leading international authorities provide:

  • A systematic view of methodologies, techniques, and tools
  • Diverse and complementary approaches to accessibility and design for all
  • A balance of methodological and practical perspectives
  • New and emerging interaction techniques and devices
  • Examples, case studies, and best practices

An indispensible source of information for interdisciplinary and cross-thematic study, the book provides a baseline for further in-depth studies, as well as an important educational tool in an increasingly globalized research and development environment.

For more information about the Handbook and the special offer, please visit:
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The website of CRC from where you can view the Table of Contents and order the Handbook is:
When finalizing your online order please enter Promo Code 523HE in order to receive the 20% discount.

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Recent News and Articles

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

November 2011

December 2011

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2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap
March 12-14, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The objective of the symposium is to bring together human factors/ergonomics professionals and other stakeholders in both the scientific and practice realms of the health-care community and to bridge knowledge gaps among them. HF/E professionals will present the latest research, best practices, and case histories.

The symposium will address a variety of topics and perspectives in health-care human factors/ergonomics, organized along three main tracks:

  • Patient and Health-Care Provider Safety
  • Health-Care Information Technology
  • Medical Device Design

Specific topics may include emergency room management, patient handling, public health, home health care, electronic health records, health-care information systems, medical information technology, design of medicine/drug delivery devices, usability testing, and regulatory requirements.

HSCB Focus 2012 and the 2nd International Conference on Cross-Cultural Decision Making
Paper Proposals due: 15 November 2011
Use the online conference system to submit a technical paper for the Cross Cultural Decision Making Conference

April 2 - 4, 2012
The Seventh IASTED International Conference on Advances in Computer Science and Engineering
ACSE 2012, Phuket, Thailand
For more information visit:

May 14 – 16, 2012
The Seventh IASTED International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction ~HCI 2012~, Baltimore, USA

July 21-23, 2012
IADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2012
Lisbon, Portugal
Conference Programme Co-Chairs:
Gunilla Bradley, Professor Emerita, School of ICT, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Diane Whitehouse, Chair of IFIP WG 9.2 on Social Accountability and Computing, The Castlegate Consultancy, UK
Submission Deadline: 23 January 2012

AVAILABLE NOW: New Issue of the Interacting with Computers, Volume 23, Issue 5, Pages 385-564, September 2011.

AVAILABLE NOW: eMinds: International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction, Issue 7 are available for free download.

AVAILABLE NOW: Latest issue of HSCB Newsletters is available now.

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences
Call for Research Papers (Vol. 2 No. 11) Nov 2011
E-mail: editor@cisjournal.org

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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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