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HCI International News, Number 78, July 2016

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HCII 2016: See You Soon in Toronto, Canada

HCI International 2016 invites you to participate in the international forum for the dissemination and exchange of up-to-date scientific information on theoretical, generic and applied areas of Human - Computer Interaction (HCI). The Conference will be held on 17 - 22 July, at The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Canada.

This year a total of 4,354 individuals from academia, research institutes, industry and governmental agencies from 74 countries submitted contributions to the Conference, and 1,287 papers and 186 posters have been included in the proceedings. The Conference Proceedings, comprising papers and the extended poster abstracts to be presented at the Conference, are published by Springer in a 27-volume set.

About 1800 individuals have registered for the Conference, which will also feature a technical exhibition of the latest technologies and related services.


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HCII 2016: Conference Final Program

The HCII 2016 Conference Final Program, including paper and poster presentations, is now available on-line at:

21 Half Day Tutorials 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

The conference program is also available in the popular iCal format (.ICS) for using it with your existing calendar programs, like Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Lighting and Google Calendar and mobile devices running iOS, Android or Windows Phone. The appearance and functionality of the Calendar depends on your application or device. Please use the following URL to connect to the iCal feed:

A mobile application will be soon available for download in your mobile device through:

Any last minute changes will be reflected through the on-line, iCal and mobile app versions of the program.

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HCII 2016: Conference Proceedings

The 27-volume Conference Proceedings are published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) and Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series, and will be available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library (http://www.springer.com/lncs, http://www.springer.com/series/7899), readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world.

All volumes of the Proceedings will be included in PDF searchable format in a USB drive provided in the registration bags of Conference participants.

For the list of the 27 Volumes of the Conference Proceedings, please check our website at:

Authors of papers/posters in the Conference Proceedings are entitled to a discount off all Springer books, including printed copies of HCII2016 Proceedings, when placing an order through http://www.springer.com/

To receive a SpringerToken that enables authors to order books at author’s discount, please fill out the form available at:

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HCII 2016: Exhibition

The HCI International Conference is an ideal opportunity to exhibit your products and services to an international audience of about 1800 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: Keynote speech by Jennifer Preece

The opening plenary session, to be followed by the conference reception, will be held at the METROPOLITAN BALLROOM of The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel at 18:00, Tuesday 19 July.

The keynote address, entitled Citizen Science: New Research Challenges for Human Computer Interaction (HCI), will be given by Jennifer Preece, a Fellow of the ACM SIGCHI Academy and Professor and former Dean at the College of Information Studies – Maryland’s Information School. She is the author or coauthor of several leading HCI books including Interaction Design: Beyond Human Computer Interaction.

Her article, based on the conference keynote speech, has just been published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction and, courtesy of the publisher, Taylor and Francis, can be downloaded free of charge from


Her keynote focuses on biodiversity citizen science and it challenges HCI researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students to lead the way in shaping a sustainable future. It includes inspirational applications that show how design excellence can change technology, raise awareness, and engage citizens to contribute by becoming “citizen scientists”. These challenges are advancing HCI theory and practice while contributing to saving the species with which we share our planet.

Abstract: Citizen science broadly describes citizen involvement in science. Citizen science has gained significant momentum in recent years, brought about by widespread availability of smartphones and other Internet and communications technologies (ICT) used for collecting and sharing data. Not only are more projects being launched and more members of the public participating, but more human–computer interaction (HCI) researchers are focusing on the design, development, and use of these tools. Together, citizen science and HCI researchers can leverage each other’s skills to speed up science, accelerate learning, and amplify society’s well-being globally as well as locally. The focus of this article is on HCI and biodiversity citizen science as seen primarily through the lens of research in the author’s laboratory. The article is framed around five topics: community, data, technology, design, and a call to save all species, including ourselves. The article ends with a research agenda that focuses on these areas and identifies productive ways for HCI specialists, science researchers, and citizens to collaborate. In a nutshell, while species are disappearing at an alarming rate, citizen scientists who document species’ distributions help to support conservation and educate the public. HCI researchers can empower citizen scientists to dramatically increase what they do and how they do it.

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HCII 2016: Awards

Sixteen awards will be conferred during the opening plenary session. The awards, in the form of a plaque and a certificate, will be presented to the author(s) of the Best Paper of each Affiliated Conference / Thematic Area, and of the Best Poster Extended Abstract.

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HCII 2016: Practical information

Paper and poster presenters can find practical information about their presentations at HCII 2016 website

Our website also includes information about the Conference Registration - Secretariat, the Conference Reception, the Exhibition, the Internet Park that will be available for participants, Coffee and Lunch Breaks, as well as other information that may be Conference participants might find useful at:

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HCII 2016: Visa for Canada

The Government of Canada has recently introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) that applies to visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to or transiting Canada by air. (A visa-exempt foreign national is a person who is not a citizen of Canada and is not required to obtain a visa for the purpose of travel based on their country of nationality).

Effective March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals must obtain an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada. To complete an application for an eTA, a passport, credit card and an email address is required. An eTA costs $7 CAD and is valid for up to five years. Among those exempted from this new requirement is U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Also, entry requirements for travelers arriving by land or sea have not changed.

To find out if a citizen of a country needs an eTA or how to apply for one, visit Government of Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization at:

There you can also check if you need a VISA to travel. In this case please make sure to submit your visa application well in advance, because usually this is a time consuming process.

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"Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction"
6th Edition

Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
Catherine Plaisant, University of Maryland
Maxine Cohen, Nova Southeastern University
Steven Jacobs, Northern Arizona University
Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland
Nicholas Diakopoulos, University of Maryland


Overview: The Sixth Edition of Designing the User Interface provides a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date introduction to the dynamic field of human-computer interaction (HCI) and user experience (UX) design. This classic book has defined and charted the astonishing evolution of user interfaces for three decades. Students and professionals learn practical principles and guidelines needed to develop high quality interface designs that users can understand, predict, and control. The book covers theoretical foundations and design processes such as expert reviews and usability testing.
By presenting current research and innovations in human-computer interaction, the authors strive to inspire students, guide designers, and provoke researchers to seek solutions that improve the experiences of novice and expert users, while achieving universal usability. The authors also provide balanced presentations on controversial topics such as augmented and virtual reality, voice and natural language interfaces, and information visualization.
Updates include current HCI design methods, new design examples, and totally revamped coverage of social media, search and voice interaction. Major revisions were made to EVERY chapter, changing almost every figure (170 new color figures) and substantially updating the references.

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"The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations"

By: Ben Shneiderman
Published in April 2016 by Oxford University Press

Written by a Distinguished Professor in the field of computer science, it provides a map and guidance to students about how to succeed at research and a manifesto for senior researchers and government policy makers about how to respond to contemporary problems, apply new technologies, and promote increased ambition.

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Recent News and Articles

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Call for papers: MIT Press Journal "Arts, Aesthetics, and Performance in VR and Telepresence"
Special Issue of Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
Submission deadline: November 1, 2016

Call for papers: "Arts, Aesthetics, and Performance in VR and Telepresence"
Special Issue of Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
Guest Editors: Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (Michigan Tech, mjeon@mtu.edu), Paul Fishwick (University of Texas at Dallas)

Call for papers: Special issue in the Universal Access in the Information Society Journal, Entitled: Information Society Skills. Is knowledge accessible for all? More info:

23-25 August, 2016: 4th International Conference on User Science and Engineering 2016 (i-USEr 2016), Melaka, Malaysia.

22-24 Sept, 2016: IEEE ICEMIS 2016, Agadir, Morocco

Call for papers: workshop on Temporalities and Spaces for Youth Engagement, organized in conjunction with NordiChi conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 23-27, 2016

Call for papers, OCTOBER 24 – 26, 2016: the ASSETS 2016 Conference, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno, Nevada

“Experience Assessment” by the University of Tennessee: Prepare for a career in User Experience testing and Assessment in a wide variety of settings! The University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences, in conjunction with the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, has an exciting opportunity for students to earn a Master’s Degree in Information Sciences (M.S.) with a specialization in User Experience (UX) and Assessment. Each student will select a focus area of either academic libraries or UX work in a special setting, such as government or corporate organizations. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in any academic field are eligible to apply. Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in spring or summer 2016 are also eligible to apply. “Experience Assessment” is an on-campus program that will begin in fall semester 2016. During the 42-credit hour program, students will complete 36 hours of course work and 6 hours of field experience. Every student will receive travel assistance to attend a professional meeting, specialized mentoring, and workplace opportunities in Assessment and UX. Each student will receive full tuition, medical benefits, and an assistantship that includes a yearly stipend from fall 2016 through graduation in May 2018. The University of Tennessee M.S. degree in Information Sciences is fully accredited by the American Library Association. Partners for Experience Assessment include the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Information International Associates, the Tombras Group, USGS, Martha Kyrillidou and Associates, and the University of Tennessee Library. The program has space for only twelve students, so apply now! For more information, please contact Dr. Rachel Fleming-May (rfmay@utk.edu or 865-974-6509) or Dr. Kitty McClanahan (kmcclan3@utk.edu or 865-974-8942). To start the application process to the University of Tennessee graduate school and School of Information Sciences go to: http://gradschool.utk.edu/admissions/

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