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Call for Book Chapters

Object Modelling and User Interface Design
(Provisional Title)

Editors: Mark van Harmelen and Stephanie Wilson

Submission Deadline: 20 April 1999


Object Modelling and User Interface Design will bring together recent
results in the use of integrated user interface design and object
modelling techniques for the design of interactive systems.

Directed at an audience of OO and UI practitioners and researchers, this

edited volume will contain contributions on a broad range of topics that

present a rounded view of theory and practice in the field. As an aid to

practitioners, the editors are planning a chapter that brings together
and offers methodological advice on the various practical methods and
techniques that appear in individual contributions.

The volume will be published by Addison Wesley Longman, possibly in the
Object Technology Series.


In a world where object-oriented development methods are going to be a
de facto standard, it is highly desirable to integrate user interface
design with object-oriented development methods so as to produce better
interactive systems.

The precursors of an integrated approach are:

* User interface design activities provide a wealth of information
  relevant to structure, content and behaviour in application domains.
  This in turn determines much of the structure, content
  and functionality expressed in models of interactive systems.

* Domain and system description techniques have long been of use to
  user interface designers to describe application domains and
  interactive systems. The user interface design community has used
  object modelling, on an informal and ad hoc basis, for this purpose
  for at least a decade.

More recently, a richer connection has been established between object
modelling and user interface design by the development of methods and
techniques that explicitly integrate user interface design practices and

artifacts with object-oriented development practices and artifacts.

Reasons for this recent integration are:

* Object modelling languages have become increasingly well-founded and
  expressive. The use of a language like UML can increase the
  expressive abilities of user interface designers when they record
  models of application domains and interactive systems, for use by both

  themselves and, later, analysts and developers.

* The recent development of user interface design techniques which
  inform the object-oriented development process. For example, task
  analysis can inform use case analysis, or preliminary user interface
  analysis can aid in object identification. Particularly good
  techniques for this role appear to be those involving participative
  design, task analysis, scenario generation/analysis, and prototyping

Currently, the rapid adoption and continuing standardisation of UML
provides a window of opportunity to provide practical user interface and

system design methods that can be used in UML-based interactive system
developments. This is a major motivation in the production of this

Call for Contributions

The editors invite you to submit contributions of up to 10,000 words on
topics covering the integrated use of object modelling and user
interface design. Potential topics in the integrated areas include, but
are not limited to, one or more of:

 * Experience and practice
 * Integrative design techniques
 * Design methods for interactive system design
 * Notations
    - The coverage and/or use of UML for user interface design purposes
    - Extensions to UML
    - Binding between user interface design notations and UML
 * Object modelling for user interface design
    - Depiction of interactive systems and their components
    - Patterns for interactive systems
 * User interface design as a source of design information
    - Participative design, task analysis, scenario generation/analysis
      prototyping techniques, contextual analysis and other
      user centered techniques together with
      use case analysis and/or object modelling
    - Object elicitation, identification and validation
 * Interactive system and user interface design in DSDM projects
   using object models
    - Functional prototyping and JAD input to object modelling
 * User interface design and the Rational Unified Process
 * The effects on the design process of
    - System architecture
    - User interface architecture
    - Usability evaluation/analysis
 * Business object models as a source of user interface design
 * Methodological and meta-model topics and issues

Contributions which relate theory and practice are particularly welcome.

Where appropriate, participants are requested to:
 * Relate their contribution to existing material produced by
   participants at two related workshops at CHI97 and CHI98. This
   material is available via the book web site (see below).
 * Provide glossary entries to accompany their contribution.

Authors of accepted contributions may be asked to revise their
contributions and, where appropriate, to cross-reference and/or compare
their approach with others in the volume.

Web Site

The editors invite you to visit the book web site at

The  site includes an expression-of-interest form, links to material
from CHI workshops on the integration of the areas, and a format for
submissions. The site is expected to grow over time.

Important Dates and Submission Details

Potential contributors are requested to register interest by filling in
and submitting a form available via the web site (url above).

Submissions should adhere to the format available at the web site.

Submission deadline:        20 April 1999
Notification of acceptance: 25 May 1999 at the latest
Receipt of final chapters:  15 July 1999

Please send four copies of each submission to Stephanie Wilson, and
an electronic copy to Mark van Harmelen (addresses below).

Further Information

Further information can be obtained from the web site or
from the editors, who will be happy to answer queries.

Editor Contact Details

Both editors
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Mark van Harmelen
Cutting Edge Systems Ltd          Department of Computer Science
36 Brightwell Walk                University of Manchester
Smithfield                        Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Manchester M4 1LZ
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Ph: +44 161 832-2236              Ph: +44 161 275-6163

Stephanie Wilson
Centre for HCI Design
City University
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB, UK
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Ph: +44 171 477-8152