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2nd International Workshop on the Interplay between Usability Evaluation 
and Software Development (I-USED 2009), Uppsala, Sweden, August 24th, 2009.

In conjunction with the 12th IFIP TC13 Conference in Human-Computer 
Interaction (INTERACT 2009) Upssala, Sweden, August 26-28, 2009.


Software development is highly challenging. Despite many significant 
successes, several software development projects fail completely or 
produce software with serious limitations, including (1) lack of 
usefulness, i.e. the system does not adequately support the core tasks 
of the user, (2) unsuitable designs of user interactions and interfaces, 
(3) lack of productivity gains or even reduced productivity despite 
heavy investments in information.

Broadly speaking, two approaches have been taken to address these 
limitations. The first approach is to employ evaluation activities in a 
software development project in order to determine and improve the 
usability of the software, i.e. the effectiveness, efficiency and 
satisfaction with which users achieve their goals. To help software 
developers work with usability within this approach, more than 20 years 
of research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has created and compared 
techniques for evaluating usability. The second approach is based on the 
significant advances in techniques and methodologies for user interface 
design that have been achieved in the last decades. In particular, 
researchers in user interface design have worked on improving the 
usefulness of information technology by focusing on a deeper 
understanding on how to extract and understand user needs. Their results 
today constitute the areas of participatory design and user-centered design.

However, the Software Engineering (SE) community has recognized that 
usability does not only affect the design of user interfaces but the 
software system development as a whole. In particular, efforts are 
focused on explaining the implications of usability for requirements 
gathering, software architecture design, and the selection of software 

The interplay between these two fields, and between the activities they 
advocate to be undertaken in software development, have been limited. 
Integrating usability evaluation at relevant points in software 
development (and in particular to the user interface design) with 
successful and to-the-point results has proved difficult. In addition, 
research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Software Engineering 
(SE) has been done mainly independently of each other with no in 
substantial exchange of results and sparse efforts to combine the 
techniques of the two approaches.


The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and 
practitioners from the HCI and SE fields to determine the 
state-of-the-art in the interplay between usability evaluation and 
software development and to generate ideas for new and improved 
relations between these activities. The aim is to base the determination 
of the current state on empirical studies. Presentations of new ideas on 
how to improve the interplay between HCI & SE to the design of usable 
software systems should also be based on empirical studies. Within this 
focus, topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:

- Which artifacts of software development are useful as the basis for 
usability evaluations?
- How do the specific artifacts obtained during software development 
influence the techniques that are relevant for the usability evaluation?
- In which forms are the results of usability evaluations supplied back 
into software development (including the UI design)?
- What are the characteristics of usability evaluation results that are 
needed in software development?
- Do existing usability evaluation methods deliver the results that are 
needed in user interface design?
- How can usability evaluation be integrated more directly in user 
interface design?
- How can usability evaluation methods be applied in emerging techniques 
for user interface design?
- How can usability evaluation methods be integrated to novel approaches 
for software development (e.g., model-driven development, agile 


Participants are accepted on the basis of their submitted papers. We aim 
at 15 with a maximum of 20 participants. The intended audience is 
primarily software engineering and human-computer interaction 
researchers who are working with the theme. The workshop should also be 
relevant for practitioners who have experiences with and ideas for 
improving the interplay between HCI and SE.


Submission Deadline:        25th April 2009
Acceptance Notification:    20th June 2009
Camera-ready Deadline:      15th July 2009
Workshop:             	    24th August 2009


Authors of papers must submit their papers by APRIL 25. Papers should be 
submitted in PDF-format to the workshop reviewing system at 
( Participants 
will be notified before June 20 and subsequently the papers will be made 
available to the workshop participants. Papers must describe empirical 
studies of the interplay between usability evaluation and software 

Two types of submissions are solicited: full papers with up to 6 pages 
describing substantial, completed work, and position papers with 2 pages 
describing either results that can be concisely reported or work in 
progress. Submissions must be clearly marked as one of these two types.

Both types of papers should be formatted according to the ACM template 
for proceedings available at 
( All papers 
will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee with regard to 
the relevance and originality of the work and their ability to generate 
discussions among the participants of the workshop. The workshop 
proceedings will be published on-line as part of the CEUR Workshop 
proceedings series.


Tentatively, the Workshop-programme (full day) is as follows:

- Introduction to workshop.
- A keynote speech by a recognized researcher in the field.
- Presentation of selected papers followed by limited discussion.
- The organization of the workshop participants around thematic groups.
- Reports from the groups and plenary discussion of main issues.
- Discussion of how to continue the work.

The outcome of the workshop is a collection of papers as well as a 
presentation and discussion of the validity and significance of these 


Silvia Abrahão, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
Kasper Hornbæk, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Effie L-C Law, ETH Zürich, Switzerland & University of Leicester, UK.
Jan Stage, Aalborg University, Denmark.


Nigel Bevan, Professional Usability Services, United Kingdom
Ann Blandford, University College of London, United Kingdom
Cristina Cachero, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Maria Francesca Costabile, University of Bari, Italy
Asbjørn Følstad, SINTEF, Norway
Peter Forbrig, Universität Rostock, Germany
Jan Gulliksen, Uppsala University, Sweden
Emilio Insfran, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Maristella Matera, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Nuno Jardim Nunes, University of Madeira, Portugal
Philippe Palanque, IRIT, France
Fabio Paternò, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Isidro Ramos, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Martin Schmettow, Passau University, Germany


The Workshop co-chairs can be contacted by email at the address 
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  Silvia Abrahão
  Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación (DSIC)
  Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV)
  Camino de Vera s/n - 46022 Valencia, Spain

  Phone : + 34 96 387 7000 ext. 83510
  Fax   : + 34 96 387 7359
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  Office: D-305 (Third Floor, Edif. DSIC)

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