HCI 2003 Conference

This event, organised by the British HCI Group, took place in Bath, England, 8-12 September 2003. The conference brought together from all over the world researchers, practitioners, educators and users with interests in the many facets of human-computer interaction, usability and interactive systems.

The interests and goals of HCI include understanding, designing, building and evaluating complex interactive systems involving many people and many technologies. Developments in software and hardware technologies are continuously driving applications in supporting our collaborative and communicative needs as social beings, both at work and at play.

At the same time, similar developments are pushing the human-computer interface beyond the desktop and into our pockets, streets and buildings. Developments in mobile, wearable and pervasive communications and computing technologies provide exciting challenges and opportunities for HCI.

How do we design for usability when the human-computer interface is dispersed and interwoven throughout our environment? How can we understand and account for the web of influences amongst society, environment and technology? How do we interact successfully with and through devices and networks with many form factors? How do we design these devices, in terms of both process and product?

Are these developments reaching throughout society? Relevant issues include design for accessibility and designing for different age groups, including the very young and very old. The increasing role of e-government will play a crucial symbiotic role in many of these developments.

Similarly, industry has a critical role. Pervasive computing and communications systems will continue to be developed and rolled out largely by commercial companies. It is crucial both to the success of their business models and to our wider use of these systems that they get the HCI right.

Under the conference theme of Designing for Society, HCI 2003 provides a forum for you to tackle these and many related issues. The conference includes presentations, workshops, tutorials, interactive demonstrations and other opportunities to meet and discuss with fellow HCI researchers, practitioners, educators and users.