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"Marilyn (Mantei) Tremaine" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 22 Oct 1999 09:38:26 -0400
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Dear Philadelphia CHI Community:

Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.

We are extremely pleased to announce the inaugural and organizational
meeting exploring the establishment of a Philadelphia Chapter of the ACM
Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction (tentatively

We are planning to have our first meeting on the 17th of November, and
we are indeed fortunate that Dr. John Thomas, from IBM Watson Research
Center,has agreed to address the group and get us off to a good start.
We will meet at 7:00 p.m. on the Drexel campus.  At the first meeting,
we can discuss a permanent meeting date and place.  Additional details
will be available on our web site
as soon as our webmaster finishes the development.

To get things rolling, we have a volunteer slate of 1st year officers
who have
agreed to serve until the 1st election to be held one year hence. We are
also in
 need of additional help in doing mailings and publicity for our
meetings, as
well as numerous other tasks.

1. Chair - Scott Overmyer
2. Vice Chair - Mike Atwood
3. Secretary - Nira Eckstein
4. Treasurer - Lew Hassell
5. Newsletter Editor - Aymon Mukerji

Dues for PhiCHI are tentatively set at $10 for full members, and $5 for
members.  I hope you all are as excited about this chapter as I am, and
I look
forward to seeing you all at the 1st meeting!

What:    PhiCHI Organizational Meeting

When:    17-November-1999; 7:00pm

Where:   Drexel University
         Center for Automation Technology (CAT), Room 61
         3100 Market Street
         Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875

Speaker: Dr. John Thomas, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

The computer and communications revolution of the twentieth century have
drastically altered the way in which information is stored and
However, except for the addition of many new terms to our vocabulary,
and communications technology have not fundamentally altered the way we
and communicate.  The sentences we input to a word processor, see on our
screens, and print on our laser printers are not that different from
what people
 were doing in ancient Greece.  Despite an explosion of information, we
collectively no wiser now than we were two decades, two centuries, or
millennia ago.  It is time for us to reconsider, at a deep level, the
possibility that we may be able to use technology, in combination with
understanding of human psychology, to alter fundamentally, the way that
knowledge and even wisdom are created and shared in communities.  One
path we
are currently exploring is to understand more deeply the structure,
content, and
context of story.  In the short term, we are attempting to provide tools
technologies to help people capture, create, analyze, organize, find,
utilize stories and storytelling in business settings.

John Thomas is currently Manager, Knowledge Socialization at IBM's T. J.
Research Center.  The efforts of his team currently focus on developing
tools, techniques, and representations to support the capture, creation,
analysis, organization, finding and use of stories and scenarios in a
context.  (See  John received a
Ph.D. in
psychology from the University of Michigan in 1971 and managed a
project in the psychology of aging for two and a half years at Harvard
School before joining IBM Research.  He spent 13 years doing research in
areas of human computer interaction including query languages, natural
processing, design problem solving, audio systems, and speech
synthesis.  In
1986, he began the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at NYNEX Science
Technology.  The laboratory did work in expert systems, machine vision,
computer interaction, intelligent tutoring systems, robotics, speech
 and advanced tools for software design.  John was active in the early
days of
ACM's Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction and has
served in
various capacities including general co-chair of the CHI conference in
John has taught at a variety of institutions of higher education
courses in cognitive psychology, problem solving and creativity,
statistics, the
psychology of aging, and human factors in information systems.  He is
also a
licensed psychologist in New York State and has over 130 publications
invited presentations in computer science and psychology.  His main
hobby is
writing fiction (

Questions, comments to:
Scott P. Overmyer, Ph.D.  Drexel University
Director                  PA Governor's School for Information Tech.
Associate Professor       College of Information Science and Technology
Phone: (215) 895-1271      3141 Chestnut Street
Fax: (215) 895-2494   Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875