SIGCHI has adopted a new policy expanding its Local SIGs program to include
"affiliate organizations" -- existing HCI organizations or chapters of
organizations that choose to affiliate with SIGCHI without becoming part of
ACM or SIGCHI. The benefits of becoming a SIGCHI affiliate include
increased information exchange with SIGCHI, advertisement of the affiliate
by SIGCHI via webpages, email, and SIGCHI Bulletin, etc. More about the
affiliates program will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Here is a sampling of what is happening in the world of CHI Local SIGs:
Americas (outside the U.S.)
CapCHI's October 14 program will feature a presentation by Allan
Wille on "Smart Devices: HCI and Branding Opportunities."
Asia / Pacific
The prospective chapter of IndiaCHI is splitting in two: a
chapter for the north of the country and a chapter for the south.
The first meeting of SIGCHI Finland will take place Thursday
12 October. More than 30 people have "registered" to be there
SIGCHI Italy will meet in conjunction with the 6th ERCIM Workshop
("User Interfaces For All") to be held 25-26 October in Florence.
NordiCHI 2000, the first Nordic conference on HCI, will be held
October 23-25 in Stockholm. Supporting societies include SIGCHI
Denmark, West Sweden CHI, and SIGCHI Finland.
SwissCHI met the evening of 28 September to visit the UBS
Usability Lab at Freilagerstrasse 39 in Zurich.
BayCHI's main program October 10 features two presentations:
"Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability,"
Jenny Preece, and "Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New
Computing," Ben Shneiderman. Ben Shneiderman will also talk at
a meeting of the BayCHI Students BOF at Stanford the evening of
October 16; an additional meeting of the Students BOF might also
be held during October. The BayCHI Kids BOF will meet for
dinner the evening of October 12.
DC_CHI's first meeting of the new year will be held on October 17
at NSF. Jennifer DeCamp will be speaking about internationalization.
CHI*Atlanta will provide a tour of the Georgia Tech Aware Home
Research Initiative on October 19. Presenters: Gregory Abowd,
Blair McIntyre, & Beth Mynatt.
GB/SIGCHI's next program: "Usability Testing: Epiphanies,
Controversies, and Questions," presented by a panel of GB/SIGCHI
members (Betsy Comstock, Beth Loring, Ron Perkins, Hal Shubin,
and Chauncey Wilson. Date: October 10. Attendees also receive
The October 11 MOCHI meeting will feature a mini-tutorial on
automated text summarization from Vladimir Radev, Professor at the
School of Information, University of Michigan. This will be a 90
minute version of a 3 hour tutorial Professor Radev gave at the SIGIR
conference this summer.
GatewayCHI is meeting on October 17th. Joe Grant will discuss how
to design award-winning websites.
CHIFOO will feature Nancy Frishberg speaking on "High-Tech Cool,"
October 18. Their meeting September 27 featured an HCI lab tour by
Erik Nilsen of and at Lewis & Clark College.
PhiCHI's first meeting will be held in October at which time they
will hold elections for new officers and start a new administration for
A new student chapter of SIGCHI at George Mason University was
chartered by ACM on September 19. Their first meeting was held
Puget Sound SIGCHI is sponsoring a full-day tutorial on October 10
entitled, "Design and Rapid Evaluation of Usable Websites." The
instructors: Gene Lynch and Susan Palmiter.
MilwauCHI's program October 3: "Solving Perplexing Design Problems,"
will be presented by Erling Amundson and Eric Olsen of Metavante, and
by Barb Stupek and Mark Bender of Northwestern Mutual Life Client
You don't know where PhiCHI, CHIFOO, CapCHI, MilwauCHI,
or ... are? Take a look at the SIGCHI Local SIGs webpage
(http://www.acm.org/sigchi/local-sigs/) to find out.
SIGCHI Local SIGs Chair
Richard I. Anderson
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