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OZCHI 2008: Designing for Habitat & Habitus
8 - 12 December 2008
Cairns (Tropical North Queensland) Australia

27th June 2008: Long Papers/Tutorials/Workshops

1st September 2008: Short Papers/Demos/Doc Consortium: 

OZCHI is Australia's leading forum for work in all areas of
Human-Computer Interaction and CHISIG's ( annual
non-profit conference. OZCHI attracts an international community of
practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of
disciplines including user experience designers, information architects,
software engineers, human factors experts, information systems analysts,
social scientists and managers.

We look forward to your involvement at this year's OZCHI conference.

The conference will be from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 December 2008, and
will be preceded by two days of Workshops, Tutorials and a Doctoral
Consortium on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 December 2008. The conference is
located at James Cook University's Cairns campus in the tropics of North
Queensland, Australia, with accommodation at the Palm Cove resort.

The long and short papers accepted in the conference will be included in
the ACM Digital Library.

Conference Chair: Nic Bidwell
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We invite contributions on all topics related to Human-Computer
Interaction (HCI) including practical, technical, empirical and
theoretical aspects. Topics of special interest include the role of
technology in supporting and enhancing our relationships with, and
within, the settings we inhabit and designing interactions that can
sustain affective and diverse cultural and environmental dimensions.
This extends across work, domestic, and playful settings and may
encompass, for example, those experiences in life that we sense or are
enchanted by or provide us with communal trust or sense of self. We also
welcome contributions that explore developing technologies and
interactions for rural and dispersed populations, supporting those
working, living and travelling to remote regions and responding to
issues of community, environmental and economic sustainability.

Special-theme Conference Topics:
- Cultural and Diversity Aspects of HCI
- Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Beyond the City
- Felt-life, Affective HCI, Emotion, Motivational Aspects
- Simple Technologies in a Complex World
- Methods for Design and Evaluation Across Cultural Boundaries

General-theme Conference Topics
- Augmented Reality and Tangible UIs
- Collaborative System UIs
- Computer-Mediated Communication and Online Communities
- Design Methods
- End-User Programming and Adaptation
- Ethnography and Design-Oriented Fieldwork
- Ethnomethodology in Systems Design
- Evaluation Methods
- HCI Education
- Human Factors in Health Care Informatics
- Human-Centred Software Engineering
- Hypermedia and Web Design and Usability
- Intelligent User Interfaces and User Modelling
- Location-Aware Interaction
- Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA)
- Social Computing
- Theoretical Approaches to Design
- Ubiquitous and Context-Aware Computing
- Universal Usability & Accessibility
- Video Methods in Interaction Design
- Virtual Reality and 3D Interfaces
- Visualization Techniques

Submissions will be accepted in various categories as described below.
All submissions must be written in English. Accepted long papers, short
papers and doctoral consortium, will be available in the digital
proceedings. Industry case studies, Panels and Demonstrations will be
included as abstracts only. At least one author of any accepted
submission must register, attend and present at the conference.

For all guidelines and submission details, please see the conference web
site: Both long and short papers will undergo a
double blind review process by an international panel of experts and
evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality, and clarity
of writing.


Initial Submissions
Long Papers/Tutorials/Workshops: 27th June 2008

Short Papers/Demos/Doc Consortium: 1st September 2008

Notification of Acceptance
Long Papers/Tutorials/Workshops: 22nd August 2008

Notification of Acceptance
Short Papers/Demos/
Doc Consortium/Student Volunteers: 29th September 2008

Camera Ready Papers
Long Papers/Short Papers/Tutorials
Workshops/Demos/Doc Consortium: 10th October 2008

Long-length papers, up to 8 pages, on original and substantive new work
in any area of HCI are invited. Long papers should describe work that
makes a significant contribution to HCI and/or describe broad insights
gained from practical applications of HCI.

Long paper Co-Chairs: Frank Vetere, Christine Satchell & Connor Graham
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Short-length papers present ideas that could benefit from discussion
with members of the HCI community. These papers may include
work-in-progress, experiences of reflective practitioners, and novel
concepts and approaches. Papers in this category are a maximum of 4
pages in length.

Short-Paper Co-Chairs: Carrie Lui & Ralf Muhlberger
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Demonstration sessions offer interactive opportunities to showcase
research prototypes, finished devices, processes, methods, services and
industry applications. We invite demos of all approaches across the full
range of HCI related topics. These may be related to submitted papers or
completely independent of other submissions to the conference. We
encourage you to make your demo visually, or otherwise, appealing and
present it in an innovative, engaging way. Industry Case studies are
reflective pieces by practitioners or academics about an experience
related to HCI.

Demos and Case study submissions should be a maximum of 2 pages
(including figures) indicating any infrastructure and equipment

Demonstration Co-Chairs: Carrie Lui & Ralf Muhlberger
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Workshops and Tutorials are scheduled prior to the main conference
program on the 8th and 9th December 2008. A workshop proposal should be
aimed at a community with a common interest. A tutorial proposal should
provide participants with clear outcomes. The workshop and tutorial
program is not included in the main conference fee.

WORKSHOPS are a chance for members of a community with common interests
to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion. If you
are working in an emerging area in HCI, consider organizing a workshop
as an opportunity to advance the field and build community. OZCHI
workshops might address basic research, applied research, HCI practice,
new methods or methodologies, emerging application areas, design
innovations, management and organizational issues, or HCI education.

Each workshop should generate ideas that give the HCI community a new,
organized way of thinking about the topic, or ideas that suggest
promising directions for future research. Some workshops result in
edited books or special issues of journals; you may consider including
this goal in the design of your workshop.

TUTORIALS are one day or half-day events designed to offer a small
number of participants the opportunity to learn about specific HCI
related concepts, methods and techniques. They are one of the best means
of conveying introductory and advanced instruction on specific topics to
an interested audience. Tutorials are a significant attraction to
attendants and provide exposure in depth and breadth to HCI topics. We
welcome both research and industry tutorial submissions. It is important
that you specify the audience for your tutorial, as we will select
reviewers of your proposal based on the expertise you indicate is
relevant. Tutorial submissions should include a clear list of outcomes
for participants.

Workshops: (3 page proposal)
Half day and full day sessions on topics that include methods,
practices, and other areas of interest and that support active
participation beyond presentation are welcome.

Tutorials: (2 page proposal)
Half day and full day sessions for teaching conceptual frameworks,
methods/techniques, and novel approaches.

Workshop and tutorial Co-Chairs: truna aka j.turner & Rod Farmer
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The Doctoral Consortium is scheduled prior to the main conference
program on the 9th December 2008. The Doctoral Consortium offers PhD
students a special forum where they can present and discuss their
research plans and progress with peers and established senior
researchers. PhD candidates wishing to attend the consortium should
submit a research proposal in the format given on the OZCHI08 website by
the date below. Positions at the consortium will be offered based on a
review of the submitted proposals.
Doctorial consortium Chair: Wally Smith

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OZCHI actively encourages students to volunteer at the conference: being
a Student Volunteer is a great way to enter the HCI research and
practitioners community, meet other students in the field, and attend
the premier conference in HCI in the country. You will help the
conference organizers with the running of the conference and support the
setting-up of presentations, workshops etc. You will get to meet many
people from the field, see the latest in HCI, and have fun while
learning about running the conference. In return, you will get free
registration, so submit to become a Student Volunteer!
Student Volunteer Chair: Florian 'Floyd' Mueller
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For further details please check the conference web site: or contact the appropriate conference chairs for
specific enquiries, as indicated above and on the conference website) or
the Program Co-Chairs for General enquiries on the technical program
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We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting conference in the
Australian tropics.


Frank Vetere, Christine Satchell, Connor Graham
OZCHI 2008 Technical Program Chairs

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