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                            CALL FOR PAPERS

                            Closing the Gaps:
         Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction

                             INTERACT 2003

                             Sep 1-2, 2003
                          Zürich, Switzerland

INTERACT being one of the premier human-computer interaction conferences

presents an unique opportunity or researchers, practitioners, and
educators to discuss the shared trends and concerns.  In the case of
this workshop, we are interested in the relationships between the field
of human-computer interaction (HCI) and the field of software
engineering (SE).

Theme and Goals: Almost half of software in systems being developed
today and thirty-seven to fifty percent of efforts throughout the
software life cycle are related to the system’s user interface. For this

reason issues and methods from the field of human-computer interaction
(HCI) affect the overall process of software engineering (SE)
tremendously. Yet despite strong motivation amongst organizations to
practice and apply effective SE and HCI methods there still exist major
gaps of understanding both between suggested practice, and how software
is actually developed in industry, and between the best practices of
each of the fields. There are major gaps of communication between the
HCI and SE fields: the methods and vocabulary being used in each
community are often foreign to the other community. As a result, product

quality is not as high as it could be, and (avoidable) re-work is often
necessary. In addition, SE methods and techniques are often perceived by

HCI specialists as tools that are only reserved to computer scientists
and of little or no relevance to HCI. And vice versa: HCI contents are
often perceived by software engineers as after-thoughts or side-tools
that do not necessarily affect the quality of software. For instance, no

methodologies in the domain of object-oriented programming offer
explicit support for HCI and existing HCI methods are integrated in
development practices in a way that is more opportunistic than

The theme of this workshop is to attempt to enumerate and understand
these gaps of understanding and communication, with an eventual goal of
proposing ways to bridge these gaps.

For instance, SE frequently employs requirements elicitation techniques
that involve soft goals, procedures, and operators. HCI typically uses
task modelling involving task, sub-tasks, and temporal operators
between. While these two techniques are different in purpose, they are
surprising close to each other.

This workshop can improve software engineering and HCI education and
practice by raising awareness of HCI concerns among SE researchers,
educators, and practitioners, and vice-versa. It can also show the
places where an attention to concerns from one field can inform the
other field’s processes, and showing how methods and tools can be
augmented to address both SE and HCI concerns.

Scope. The focus areas of the workshop will be aimed at: increasing
awareness of the issues in the world at large; designing joint or
related curricula; creating unified tools, methods, and processes; and
influencing regulations and/or conventions of practice. The tangible
results of the workshop will be a practical program of education,
research, and public relations focused on changing the way that people
think about these two fields, and the way that the fields are actually

This workshop is the 2nd in a series of workshops on the subject. The
1st workshop was held at ICSE'03 and the proceedings can be found at the

following address:

How to Submit.

Submit your position paper in Adobe PDF format via electronic submission

to [log in to unmask]  Your paper must conform to the
proceedings publication format and must not exceed eight pages,
including all text, references, appendices, and figures. Additional and
updated details (ignoring page limit details) are available at:

Select "style guide" in Index.

Submission Due Dates.

* Submission Date:        July 1, 2003
* Acceptance/rejection:   August 1, 2003
* Camera-ready Copy:      August 15, 2003

Review Process.

A maximum of 20 participants will be selected on the basis of the
submitted material.  Papers will be reviewed by a program committee in
terms of their relevance to the aims of the workshop and technical

The workshop will be closed. Participation will be based upon the
submitted papers, which will be reviewed by a program committee. The
best papers will be presented. All papers will be distributed to the
participants before the workshop starts. Each presented paper will be
assigned an opponent, who should
present a brief counterpoint to the point of view of the presenter of
the paper. During the day, participants can propose issues to be
discussed at the end of the day.  The workshop should lead to a list of
issues discussed, conclusions reached, disagreements identified, and
topics to be researched further.

Organizing Committee

Morten Borup Harning
Dialogical ApS/Open Business Innovation
Inavej 30
DK-3500 Værløse
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Jean Vanderdonckt
Université catholique de Louvain (BCHI)
Place des Doyens, 1
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
E-mail : [log in to unmask]
Phone: +32-10-478525

Morten Borup Harning Chair
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