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HCI International News, Number 120, July 2023


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HCII 2023: See you soon in Copenhagen!

We look forward to seeing you soon in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The conference and exhibition will be held 23-28 July at the AC Bella Sky Hotel and Bella Center. An impressive number of more than 2700 participants from 86 countries are attending this truly international in scope event, where the work of the world’s foremost leaders in the field is presented.

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HCII 2023: Conference Program highlights

HCII 2023 will be held under the auspices of 21 distinguished international boards as a rich ‘hybrid’ event.

The Conference program is available online. The Conference Program overview includes, along with the Workshops’, the Tutorials’ program, the posters’ program, and the detailed program of the parallel sessions.

The first three days of the conference, 23-25 July, comprise ‘virtual only’ parallel sessions for paper presentations with remote only participation. The parallel sessions that will take place 26-28 July will run as hybrid events (i.e. allowing both 'in-person' and remote participation options for presenters and participants).

The HCII 2023 Opening Plenary Session will take place on Tuesday, 25 July, 18:30-20:00, during which Sara Kiesler (University Professor and Hillman Professor Emerita of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and Program Director of the National Science Foundation) will receive the 'HCI MEDAL FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT' for 2023 and give the keynote speech entitled "Research Challenges to Humanizing Cyberspace".

During the Opening Plenary Session the best contributions will be awarded! The best paper of each of the HCII 2023 Thematic Areas / Affiliated Conferences will be presented with an award. The best poster extended abstract (in the form of a short research paper) will also receive an award.

In the context of the HCII 2023 Student Design Competition, 18 videos have been accepted for presentation, as a series of rolling video presentations, during the conference. All accepted video clip submissions have been evaluated by a seven-member international committee acting as the jury to select the three award winners: the GOLD ($1000), the SILVER ($500) and the BRONZE ($250). The awards will be announced and conferred during the Opening Plenary Session.

Mentoring Session: Gavriel Salvendy has cordially accepted the conference invitation to hold an ‘in-person’ mentoring session for PhD students, which will take place on Thursday, 27 July 2023, 4:00pm to 6:00pm CEST (Copenhagen).  The following topics will be addressed:

  • Development of a high impact PhD Dissertation and its effective dissemination.
  • Transition from a PhD student to industry professional.
  • Transition from a PhD student to successful Faculty.

Professor Gavriel Salvendy has been Major Professor to 68 PhD students.

Special Hybrid Session: Following the enormous interest among professionals and academics in AI, Large Language Models (LLMs), and ChatGPT, a special hybrid session will be offered at HCII 2023 with prominent guest speakers on Thursday, 27 July, from 16:00 – 18:00 CEST (Copenhagen), entitled "Is life going to change with ChatGPT? Opportunities and challenges of Large Language Models"
Chairs: Helmut Degen, Abbas Moallem, United States; Stavroula Ntoa, Greece

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HCII 2023: Practical Information

Paper and poster presenters can find practical information about their presentations at the HCII 2023 website.

Our website also includes general information about the Conference Secretariat and Registration, the Reception, the Exhibition, Refreshment and Lunch Breaks, as well as other information such as Transportation that Conference attendees will find useful.

The Conference Proceedings are published by Springer in a multi-volume set. The first 47 volumes of the set will appear before the conference and will be updated to include the "Late Breaking Work" volumes, to be published after the conference. Papers appear in the LNCS and LNAI series, while poster extended abstracts are published in the CCIS series. All volumes will be available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library, readily accessible by subscribing libraries, and indexed by a number of services, including: CPCI, part of Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science; Scopus; EI Engineering Index; ACM Digital Library; Google Scholar; DBLP, etc.

Registration: As HCII2023 will run as a ‘hybrid’ conference, participants during their on-line registration process, have the option to select their preferred attendance method (‘in-person’ or ‘virtual’). Detailed information about registration is available through the Conference website.

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HCII 2023: Tutorials' Program: Places are still available

The full Tutorials' Program, which will run 'in-person' only, between 23-25 July 2023, is available with 19 Tutorials on offer, covering a wide spectrum of topics. Below is the full list, including the two Distinguished Tutorials, by Jenny Preece and Ben Shneiderman, with links to each tutorial description and the presenters' brief bio.

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HCII 2023: Exhibition

Exhibiting at the Conference is an ideal opportunity to display your products and services to an international audience of academics, researchers, professionals and users in the field of HCI. List of current Exhibitors:

Information about the previous years’ exhibition, including photos of the exhibition hall and exhibitors, are available in HCII News Facebook page and the conference website.

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HCII 2023: Design Café

The ‘HCII Design Café’ is a new interactive satellite event to be held in person for the first time during the HCII2023 conference. The goal is to provide a forum for (re)thinking and discussing HCI issues in the context of broader topics relevant to society and the economy. Inspired by the ‘World Café method’, the HCII Design Café is based on a proven valuable participatory scheme for engaging on a specific topic, in a moderated small-group setting, with interested stakeholders that come from different professions in related fields. The aim is to stimulate open dialogue, constructive deliberations, and informal but meaningful collaboration, to empower creativity and inspiration in a casual atmosphere, and to promote innovative approaches for transforming ideas into practice. The focus of the HCII2023 Design Café will be on two major challenges:

  1. Human-Environment Interactions as these are shaped in contemporary and future digitized working and living environments. This topic is addressed in the White Paper “Seven HCI Grand Challenges” (prepared by a group of 32 international experts involved in the community of the HCII Conference series), which arise in the emerging landscape of rapid technological evolution toward more intelligent interactive technologies.
  2. Sustainable and Resilient Communities facing climate issues and disrupting activities and events with global impact. This topic is addressed in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The aspiration is this UN agenda to become reality by 2030.

The HCII2023 Design Café is conceived, coordinated, and moderated by Christine Riedmann-Streitz (MarkenFactory GmbH, Germany) and it will feature a keynote speech by Norbert Streitz (Smart Future Initiative, Germany). Discussions at the HCII 2023 Design Café Tables will be hosted by: Aaron Marcus (Aaron Marcus and Associates, USA), Elizabeth Rosenzweig (Brandeis University, USA), Pei-Luen Patrick Rau (Tsinghua University, P.R. China), and George Margetis, Margherita Antona and Stavroula Ntoa (FORTH-ICS, Greece).

The call for participation is available through the conference website. The results of the HCII2023 Design Café will be published.

For the agenda and the registration requirements, please also have a look at the conference website.

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World Usability Day - 2022 Design Challenge Awards sponsored by HCII2023

The 2022 World Usability Initiative (WUI) Design Challenge with theme "User-Soaked Design" award winners were announced on World Usability Day, 10 November 2022

  • Gold: Curiously by Carolina Ali Fojaco, Boston College
  • Silver: Israel Railways app by Nitzvan Avitov, UXPERT
  • Bronze: Cognitive-based design to influence structured financial planning and money management of youth by Duy Linh Tran, Goldsmiths University of London

World Usability Day is a single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. The Design Challenge Awards (Gold $1,250; Silver $1,000; and Bronze $750) are sponsored by the HCII2023 Conference and will be conferred during the Opening Plenary Session. The three award recipients are invited, with complimentary registration, to present their work in the context of the parallel session “World Usability Day Design Challenge 2022 winners”, Wednesday, 26 July 2023: 10:30 – 12:30 CEST (Copenhagen).

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HCII 2023: Accommodation

The AC Bella Sky Hotel and Bella Center will be the conference venue and the AC Bella Sky Hotel will be the official HCII2023 hotel.

Please note that Wednesday, 21 June 2023, 12 noon (CET) was the cut-off date for reservations. Any requests after that date are accepted at the Hotel's prevailing rate based on availability.

A link for reservations is available through the Conference website.

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HCII 2023: Attractions at Copenhagen, capital and largest city of Denmark

Copenhagen, with a population of more than 1.3 million in the wider urban area, is regularly top ranked among European cities for quality of life. The Danish capital is one of the world’s greenest, cleanest and most sustainable urban centers. By having buses and metro running frequently and around the clock and with more than a third of the population using cycling as their main transportation for work, Copenhagen is compact, accessible and a very easy place to explore.

As one of Europe’s oldest capitals, hosting the world’s oldest monarchy, Copenhagen is rich in historical buildings and sights, like the Amalienborg Palace, to get a taste of royal life, the Kronborg Castle, known worldwide as Hamlet's and Shakespeare's castle, the Rosenborg Castle in the King’s Garden, Tivoli Gardens in the heart of the city and many more. In addition, many museums offer a wide range of exhibitions including the Denmark's National Museum, ranging from Stone Age to modern history, the National Gallery of Denmark and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

Copenhagen offers a range of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are some popular places.

  1. Nyhavn: This picturesque waterfront district is known for its colorful 17th-century buildings, historic ships, and lively atmosphere.
  2. Tivoli Gardens: One of the oldest amusement parks in the world, Tivoli Gardens is a delightful combination of thrilling rides, beautiful gardens, live entertainment, and restaurants.
  3. The Little Mermaid: This iconic statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale is a must-see attraction.
  4. Christiansborg Palace: As the seat of the Danish Parliament, this palace holds tremendous historical and cultural significance.
  5. The Round Tower: Climb to the top of this 17th-century tower for panoramic views of Copenhagen's skyline.
  6. National Museum of Denmark: Discover Denmark's rich history and culture through the extensive collections of archaeological artifacts, art, and cultural exhibits in this museum.
  7. The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst): This art museum showcases an impressive collection of Danish and international art spanning several centuries, including works by renowned artists like Rembrandt and Picasso.
  8. Amalienborg Palace: The official residence of the Danish royal family, this palace complex consists of four identical rococo palaces surrounding an octagonal courtyard.
  9. Strøget: Copenhagen's famous shopping street, Strøget, has various shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
  10. The Botanical Garden: Near the city center, this beautiful garden is home to many plants worldwide.

Prepare your trip with information available through VisitCopenhagen, the official guide of the tourism organization of Copenhagen and their YouTube channel.

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