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I am delighted to announce the latest issue of the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) which includes contributions from some of the most recognised researchers in the field.  The details of the latest issue are as follows:

International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI)
Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association
Volume 1, Issue 3, July-September 2009
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 1942-390x EISSN: 1942-3918
Published by IGI Publishing, Hershey-New York, USA<>

Editor-in-Chief: Joanna Lumsden, Aston University, UK

Special Issue: The Future of Mobile Human Computer Interaction


Themed Issue: Position Papers from Journal Advisors on "The Future of Mobile Human Computer Interaction"

Jo Lumsden, Editor-in-Chief, IJMHCI

This issue of the IJMHCI serves two purposes: to introduce the journal advisors and to provide them an opportunity to spark debate and motive readers to identify research opportunities and contribute future papers to the journal.  The advisors provide a collection of personal reflections on the future of mobile HCI, the challenges it presents, and the potential opportunities it offers.  In essence, this journal steps back and reflects on and assess the position, achievements, and future societal and innovative obligations in mobile human computer interaction research.

To read the preface, please consult this issue of IJMHCI in your library.


What does Mobile Mean?

Russell Beale, University of Birmingham, UK

This article presents a perspective on what it really means to be mobile - why being mobile is different. The authors discusses technological and physical implications but also considers broader issues: the social implications, the impact that data on the move can have on people, and the use of mobile devices as sensors that can drive intelligent, contextual systems that provide a much more effective experience for the user than existing systems do.

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Getting Connected: At What Cost? Some Ethical Issues in Mobile HCI

Antti Pirhonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Elizabeth Sillence, Northumbria University, UK

The large scale deployment of mobile applications inevitably impacts our culture as a whole and intimately affects our daily lives. In a market economy, ethical issues are not the most important drivers in the development of technology. In this article, the authors discusses the underlying ethical issues in the mobile human-computer interaction community. In so doing, they focus their attention on developing technology for 'human beings' rather than fine tuning our emerging gadgets.

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Empowering People Rather Than Connecting Them

Roderick Murray-Smith, Glasgow University, Scotland

This article discusses the consequences for the fundamentals of interaction design given the introduction of mobile devices with increased sensing capability. The author discusses location-aware systems as one example possibility. This article provides eight challenges to the mobile HCI research community and offers suggestions for how the journal as a whole could contribute to the field.

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Mobile Internet: Past, Present, and the Future

Anne Kaikkonen, Nokia Corporation, Finland

The mobile Internet is no longer a new phenomenon. The first mobile devices supporting Web access were introduced over 10 years ago. During the past 10 years, many user studies have been conducted that have generated insights into mobile Internet use. The number of mobile Internet users has increased and the focus of the studies has switched from the user interface to user experiences. Mobile phones are regarded as personal devices: the current possibility of gathering more contextual information and linking that to the Internet creates totally new challenges for user experience and design.

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Mobile HCI: Thinking Beyond the Screen-Keyboard-Mouse Interaction Paradigm

Gitte Lindgaard, Carleton University, Canada
Sheila Narasimhan, Carleton University, Canada

In this position article, the authors argue that it is time for the mobile HCI community to think beyond the traditional screen-keyboard-mouse paradigm and explore the many possibilities that mobility, mobile platforms, and people on the move offer. This article presents a collection of ideas encouraging HCI researchers to explore how up-and-coming mobile technologies can inspire new interaction models, alternative I/O methods, and data collection methods. The range of possible applications designed to make life easier for specified user populations is limited.  This article maintains to understand novel problem spaces, to mix, match, and expand on existing methods, as well as to invent, test, and validate new methods. In addition, the authors present several case studies in an attempt to demonstrate such possibilities for future mobile HCI.

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Designing Mobile Phones for Children - Is there a Difference?

Janet C Read, University of Central Lancashire, UK

The mobile phone is one of the most ubiquitous technologies in the developed world. In a market dominated by adults and older teenagers, one group of users that is relatively new to the mobile phone market is children. When children use mobile phones their needs are sometimes complicated by, or conflict with, the needs of their parents or primary care givers. As the laptop is being redesigned to make it accessible to children, it is worthwhile to ask the question 'Do children need a different sort of mobile phone than their parents?' By considering data about the use and usage of mobile phones, research on designing special children's technologies, and research on the needs of children as mobile phone users, this paper presents the need to design and rethink the mobile phone to meet the needs of children.

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SatNav or SatNag? A Case Study Analysis of Evolving HCI Issues for In-Car Computing

G.E. Burnett, University of Nottingham, UK

A wide range of in-car computing systems are either already in existence or under development which aim to improve the safety, efficiency, and comfort/pleasure of the driving experience. In this position paper, the author uses a case study system (vehicle navigation) to illustrate the evolution of some key HCI design issues that have arisen in the last twenty years.  This paper argues that while HCI research has had an influence on current designs for vehicle navigation systems, this has not always been in a wholly positive direction.

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Paper Rejected (p>0.05): An Introduction to the Debate on Appropriateness of Null-Hypothesis Testing

Mark. D. Dunlop, University of Strathclyde, UK
Mark Baillie, University of Strathclyde, UK

Null-hypothesis statistical testing has been seriously criticized in other domains, to the extent of some advocating a complete ban on publishing p-values. This article introduces the argument to the mobile-HCI research community, who make extensive use of the controversial testing methods. The article starts with an introduction to the key problems raised in the long discussion in the statistics and experimental psychology domains and moves on to discuss key suggested alternatives. The authors feel these issues are relevant to all HCI work but especially relevant to mobile-HCI.

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) in your institution's library.  This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "InfoSci-Journals" database:<>.


Mission of IJMHCI:

The primary objective of the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (JMHCI) is to provide comprehensive coverage and understanding of the issues associated with the design, evaluation, and use of mobile technologies. This journal focuses on human-computer interaction related to the innovation and research in the design, evaluation, and use of innovative handheld, mobile, and wearable technologies in order to broaden the overall body of knowledge regarding such issues. IJMHCI also considers issues associated with the social and/or organizational impacts of such technologies.

Coverage of IJMHCI:

Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are limited to) the following:

Case studies and/or reflections on experience (e.g. descriptions of successful mobile user interfaces, evaluation set-ups, etc.)
Context-aware/context-sensitive mobile application design, evaluation, and use
Design methods/approaches for mobile user interfaces
Ethical implications of mobile evaluations
Field-based evaluations and evaluation techniques
Gestural interaction techniques for mobile technologies
Graphical interaction techniques for mobile technologies
Issues of heterogeneity of mobile device interfaces/interaction
Lab v. field evaluations and evaluation techniques
Lab-based evaluations and evaluation techniques
Mobile advanced training application design, evaluation, and use
Mobile assistive technologies design, evaluation, and use
Mobile commerce application design, evaluation, and use
Mobile HCI lab design/set-up
Mobile healthcare application design, evaluation, and use
Mobile interactive play design, evaluation, and use
Mobile learning application design, evaluation, and use
Mobile technology design, evaluation, and use by special (needs) groups (e.g. elderly, children, and disabled)
Multimodal interaction on mobile technologies
Non-speech audio-based interaction techniques for mobile technologies
Other emerging interaction techniques for mobile technologies
Other related issues that impact the design, evaluation, and use of mobile technologies
Speech-based interaction techniques for mobile technologies
Tactile interaction techniques for mobile technologies
Technology acceptance as it relates to mobile technologies
User aspects of mobile privacy, security, and trust
User interface architectures for mobile technologies
User interface migration from desktop to mobile technologies
Wearable technology/application and interaction design, evaluation, and use

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission guidelines at<>.

All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:
Editor-in-Chief: Joanna Lumsden at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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