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HCI International News, Number 13, November 2005


Call for Papers: HCI International 2007

The HCI International 2007 jointly with the affiliated Conferences, which are held under one management and one Registration, invite you to Beijing, P.R. China, to participate and contribute to the international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of HCI through the following modes of communication: Plenary / Keynote Presentation(s), Parallel Sessions, Poster Sessions and Tutorials. You are invited to submit your proposal on all related topics.

Summary of Submission Requirements & Deadlines

Summary of Submission Requirements & Deadlines
Abstract Length Deadline for Abstract Receipt Notification of Review Outcome Deadline for Receipt of Accepted Proposal
Paper Presentations 800 words 30 October 2006 15 December 2006 16 February 2007
Posters 300 words 12 March 2007 30 March 2007 30 April 2007
Tutorials 300 words 30 October 2006 15 December 2006 30 April 2007
Submit through the Conference Management System (CMS): not yet available

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Plan Early Your Participation at the HCI International 2007 Exhibition

The 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, one of the most important international scientific conferences in the area of HCI, will be held on 22-27 July 2007 in Beijing, P.R. China. The HCI International Conference traditionally draws over a thousand scientists, academics and professionals from research institutions, universities, and companies from all over the world.

The HCI International 2007 exhibits will provide state-of-the-art HCI, Virtual Reality, psychology and computer products and services for users, professionals, and researchers in the field. Attendees will be able to examine state-of-the-art HCI technology and interact with manufacturing representatives, vendors, publishers, and potential employers. By exhibiting at HCI International 2007, you will help to make this an exciting and informative event.

Exhibitors who commit to exhibit early will have a better opportunity in booth location selection and reduced pricing. For more information about the Exhibition, or if you are interested in advertising in the Advance Program and/or Final Program, please contact the Exhibition Administration

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Sponsorship of HCI International 2007

Organizations wishing to sponsor a special event or to be a general sponsor of the Conference are welcome to contact the Sponsorship Administration.

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Brief Book Review: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction: When Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact

In the immense Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, W. S. Bainbridge from the National Science Foundation offers over 180 well-selected entries. What makes this excellent resource attractive is the diversity of topics discussed. Apart from the technical aspects, the editor also includes the social implications of computers on humans. Consequently, readers will find information not only about traditional topics such as information theory, multimodal interfaces, or user-centered design, but also newer topics such as augmented cognition, spamming, or affective computing. What I like the most in this publication are the entries regarding the social implication of human-computer interaction (HCI). These entries cover a variety of subjects including sociable media, social informatics, social psychology, and HCI and sociology. One of the entries that really captured my attention was the discussion of the linkages between political science and HCI and issues such as political participation via computer, mediated citizen-to-citizen activities, international relations, and globalizations. The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction comes with glossary of major terms, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix concerning HCI in popular culture—a very interesting list of 300 novels, nonfiction books, movies, and television programs related in one way or another to the HCI field. In the list of related movies, the reader will find movies such as Minority Report (Spielberg), Robocop (Verhoeven), Star Wars (Lucas), and of course Matrix (Washowki & Washowki).

The text is precise and very accessible to a wide readership. Without question, Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction is a must-have book for everybody who is involved with the field of HCI. I will particularly recommend it to all researchers, academics and practitioners, including students, who want to have a quick and accurate reading of a specific topic in the HCI field and a starting point toward more in-depth reading.


Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction: When Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact. William Sims Bainbridge: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2004. 2 volumes, 958 pages. ISBN 0-97443091-2-5. Publishing, 2005. 598 pages.ISBN 1-55860-768-4

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Brief Book Review: Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design

This comprehensive book is brought to us by leading academics and practitioners in the field of HCI. Each of the handbook’s twelve sections contains two to four chapters, contributed by a variety of authors from industry and academia. After providing a general and historical background (Part I), The Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design offers an extensive review of physical ergonomics by M. Smith and A. Taveira (Part II). Part III reviews content preparation for the web that includes discussions of the presentation of information, multimodal user interface, and the organization and structure of information. The topic of universal access (Part V) is also extensively reviewed by two contributions from Constantine Stephanidis, an internationally recognized figure in the field. Discussions of web usability (Part VI) and task analysis (Part VII) give some insight of specificity of usability in web design. Part VIII to XII review a variety of specificity of HCI in web design that includes, but is not limited to, web security and privacy, wireless communications, educational applications, and more. For example, I personally find chapter 26, which discusses behavioral research and data collection via the internet, very useful with practical advice and many tips about conducting research through the internet. Similarly, chapter 11 offers a useful discussion of user search strategies and search engine interface design.


Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design [Robert W. Proctor and Kim-Phuong L. Vu (Eds.)] is certainly a complement to all of the literature in the HCI field that you might already have and is indispensable reading for all professionals involved with web design.ISBN 1-55860-768-4

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International Journal “Universal Access in the Information Society”

The International Journal “Universal Access in the Information Society” (UAIS), published by Springer since 2001, solicits original research contributions addressing the accessibility, usability and acceptability of Information Society Technologies by anyone, anywhere, at anytime, and through any media and device. Universal access refers to the systematic effort to proactively apply principles, methods and tools of universal design, in order to develop Information Society Technologies which are accessible and usable by all citizens. The Journal's unique focus is on theoretical, methodological, and empirical research, of both technological and non-technological nature, which addresses equitable access and active participation of potentially all citizens in the Information Society.

All submissions are peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. Proposals for guest-edited special issues in the areas addressed by the journal are also welcome.

Submission format details and further information about the journal are available at the address:


All submissions should be sent to Constantine Stephanidis, Editor-in-Chief of the UAIS journal at the email address:


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About HCI International News

The HCI International News is a newsletter about Human - Computer Interaction topics, the HCII 2007 Conference deadlines and activities, the HCII 2007 Exhibition, news in the area of Human - Computer Interaction, and more. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to contribute, 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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