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FINAL CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:
5TH INTERNATIONAL CYBERSPACE CONFERENCE ON ERGONOMICS (CYBERG'08) "LOCAL
KNOWLEDGE, GLOBAL APPLICATIONS"

15 Sept 2008  15 Oct 2008)

SUMMARY
This is a Call for Participation to the 5th International Cyberspace
Conference on Ergonomics (CybErg'08); a conference that is conducted
entirely Online from 15 Sept. to 15 Oct 2008. There are 8 main
Ergonomics/Human Factors tracks, and at present, 4 Special Tracks.
Reflecting the truly international nature of the conference, we have
submissions from: Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan,
Malaysia, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.    About CybErg
2.    Five (5) reasons why you should participate CybErg 2008
3.    Conference Programme
4.    Special Rates for Postgraduate Students
5.     Registration
6.     Important Dates

1. ABOUT CYBERG 2008
5th International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics (CybErg'08)
"Local Knowledge, Global Applications"
It is generally acknowledged that technologies today not only originate
from developed nations but also from developing nations. New knowledge
about the different requirements of various cultures, needs, and
application of new and old technologies in a variety of environs are being
identified; these local knowledge can then be applied for products and
services targeted for nations all over the world. All this will bring
about the betterment of society, in improving the usability of
technologies, personal experiences, quality of life and work.
It is within this context of discovery of new local knowledge and its
global application that we would like to invite the global community to
contribute and participate in the 5th International Cyberspace Conference
on Ergonomics (CybErg'08).
More detailed description of the theme can be obtained from:
http://www.cyberg2008.org

2. Five (5) reasons why you should attend CybErg 2008
As compared to conventional conferences, the CybErg conferences have some
added advantages.

Reason 1:  Opportunity to have more in-depth and quality discussions
As CybErg is on for a Month, participants will be able to discuss the
papers in greater detail.  Unlike conventional conferences, where the
Question and Answer sessions only allow a small number of questions to be
asked, participants have ample time to think about the questions before
posting them in CybErg. In addition, authors will more time to reflect on
the comments given before responding.  All this, we believe will
contribute to a more quality discourse on the papers and topics of
discussion.

Reason 2: Ability to attend and participate in ALL tracks
A common problem in attending conventional conferences is that two paper
presentations that you would like to attend are held simultaneously. In
CybErg, all registered participants can "attend" ALL the sessions.

Reason 3: Opportunities to meet and network with an internationally
diverse Ergonomics/Human Factors community
With the eradication of high travel costs (transport costs, accommodation
costs, subsistence costs, etc.) to attend conferences, participants from
countries, not normally present in international conferences, are thus
able to participate.  There are opportunities for researchers to meet
potential collaborators (e.g. those wanting to conduct cross-nation
comparison studies) and for practitioners to meet  contacts in less
established markets.

Reason 4: Access to experts from all over the world
CybErg is able to bring together experts of a truly international nature.
As mentioned above, a more diverse Ergonomics/Human Factors community
would be attending. This provides an excellent opportunity for the sharing
of expertise and experience, not only between those from the developed
nations (usual attendees in international face-to-face conferences), but
also with those from developing nations.

Reason 5: Access to reduced registration fee (and proceedings delivered
right to your doorstep)
As there are no conference costs (such as venue hire costs, no refreshment
costs*, no guest speaker travel costs, etc.), CybErg is also able to offer
a much more reduced registration fee. This is particularly beneficial to
participants from developing countries, where there is a poor rate of
currency exchange and where travel to foreign countries is expensive.
The proceedings of CybErg (papers and discussions conducted) will be
available on a CDROM, AND delivered to the full registered participants'
designated address.


3. CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
From the submissions, we have accepted 28 papers in the following 8
tracks, with the authors coming from all over the world: Australia,
Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, South
Africa, Sweden, and the United States. (All extended abstracts were
reviewed by 2 members of the Technical Committee).

Paper Tracks

Children & Ergonomics
Issues In Cognitive Ergonomics
Design In An Electronic World
Design & Usability
Workplace Design
Theoretical Issues In Ergonomics
Ergonomics For Developing Countries
Designing For Educational Environments

Special Tracks
At present, there are 4 special tracks (comprising 6 position papers) that
have been accepted.

Special Track: HCI Education in Developing Countries
Special Track: Design Education in Developing Countries
Special Track: ICTs in Preservation Of Languages
Special Tracks: Technologies for Rural Development

As this is an Online Conference, additional Special Tracks will be created
if there are sufficient requests and interest from participants.


4. SPECIAL RATES FOR POSTGRADUATE
In recognition of the contribution of postgraduate students in research,
and to encourage greater participation of postgraduate students to this
Conference, we are pleased to announce that there will be special rates
for registration.

Developing countries: USD 50
Developing countries: USD35

Please refer to http://www.cyberg2008.org/e-registration/index.php for
more details


5. REGISTRATION
For each full registration to attend the conference, you will be provided
the following privileges:
-     On receipt of payment, login access for the whole duration of the
      conference.
-     Access to all forums and discussions
-     Access to post and obtain feedback on topics of interest
-     Discussion with internationally acknowledged experts of
      ergonomics/human factors and participants from all over the world
-     CDROM of the proceedings of the conference, including the discussions
      conducted in each track

To sign-up, please refer to
http://www.cyberg2008.org/e-registration/index.php


6. IMPORTANT DATES

1 September 2008        : Registration deadline (to enjoy longest period
                          access). To allow time to confirm payment, and to
                          provide conference  access from 8 Sept. 2008.
8 September 2008        : Conference Open for downloading of papers
15 September 2008        : Conference Open for Discussions
15 Sept-15 October 2008        : Conference  Proper

For more information, please visit http://www.cyberg2008.org Should you
have any queries, please contact Ms. D'oria Islamiah (CybErg'08 Secretary)
([log in to unmask] ) or me ([log in to unmask] ).

I thank you in advance for your kind attention, and look forward to
"meeting" you online on 15 September 2008.


Yours sincerely,

Associate Professor Dr Alvin W. Yeo
Chairman Fifth International Cyberspace Conference On Ergonomics 2008
CybErg'08

Consider participating in the Fifth International Cyberspace Conference on
Ergonomics (http://www.cyberg2008.org )

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