HCI 2002 Conference

As interactive technology becomes more and more pervasive, user interfaces have to become less intrusive. However, interfaces are also being used to project identity and so have to be both recognisable and memorable. Designing systems that are memorable yet invisible presents a new set of challenges to the HCI community.

The key note speakers slides are now available:

Some photographs are now available at the LTSN web site.

HCI 2002 will cover all main areas of HCI research and practice, but will focus on the conference theme of "Memorable yet Invisible". The idea of making systems memorable is one of the ways in which they can be made easier to operate but in making systems memorable it is easy to make them obtrusive. The conference aims to look at the questions of memorability and invisibility.

Can systems be both memorable and invisible? Or are memorable systems far from invisible? Invisibility too, is a complex issue. It might point to systems being transparent and obvious and perhaps thereby doing away with the need to be memorable. Or perhaps systems become invisible because users find them so obvious that they don’t notice the system at all, just the task. Is an invisible and memorable system possible? And if so, what might it consist of? Do systems become memorable and invisible with familiarity even if they are initially quite difficult to use?

In any case, we might ask what makes for a memorable system. Perhaps the dichotomy is between the need to make something engaging, compelling and noticeable and which often demands high tech or state of the art solutions, and making things transparent, natural and intuitive? The conference hopes to explore all of these ideas.

Submissions on all areas of HCI and usability are invited, but we strongly encourage ones addressing the new challenges posed by our theme, "Memorable yet Invisible". Suitable topic areas include:

  • interactive system design,
  • interaction tools & techniques,
  • users with special needs,
  • design issues that address questions of the memorable and the invisible,
  • mobile interaction,
  • virtual reality and multimedia,
  • social and cultural issues,
  • the psychology of programming and general computer interaction, theoretical aspects.

However, contributions which advance the theory or practice of any aspect of HCI are also welcomed.

EUPA Themes

European UPA 2002 is being organised in conjunction with HCI 2002 by the UK Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association. The EUPA conference is looking for presentations, panels, tutorials, and workshops related to topics including but not limited to:

  • Specific usability issues (planning, requirements, UI design, evaluation, implementation etc.,
  • Methods or techniques (usage, discussion or critique),
  • Innovative usability methods,
  • Issues related to usability such as accessibility and social acceptability,
  • The role of usability in the product lifecycle,
  • Business case studies,
  • Influencing management,
  • Usability tradeoffs,
  • Usability consultancy,
  • Presentation of a design,
  • Overview of a concept or philosophy,
  • Unsolved problems,
  • Stimulating ideas from experts in other fields,
  • Input to the creative design process.