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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.

   deadline extended to MAY 15


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


Authors of papers must submit their papers by MAY 15. 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 (Tercer Piso, Edif. DSIC)

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